Art and Art History

Transfer Major

Decisions on the transferability of courses are made by the four-year colleges and differ from school to school. Students enrolled in this major should contact the Transfer Services Office early in their academic program to determine which courses will transfer to the college of their choice.

Department of the Arts
Hicks Art Center • Phone (215) 968-8425
Curriculum code No. 1201

In the Art and Art History transfer major, students experience the process of making artistic objects, as well as the practice of interpreting historical objects through the study of art history. Students develop skills in drawing and then explore other artistic media. Students also apply the methodologies used by art historians as they analyze and research various kinds of art and/or architecture.

The major serves those contemplating careers in areas such as museum and archival work, historic preservation and archaeological investigation, research and teaching.

Graduates of this program are able to:

  • demonstrate an understanding of the methods and materials associated with the creation of a work of art;
  • demonstrate an understanding of the history of Western art; and
  • read about, write about, and analyze art and art history using basic research, critical thinking skills, and a visual arts vocabulary.

Note: Studio courses can be expensive. Lab Fees may be required.

Degree Course Requirements*

Course Credits
COLL101
College Success Seminar
1
COMM110
Effective Speaking A,4,5
3
COMP110
English Composition I A,10
3
COMP111
English Composition II C,2,4,10
3
VAFA111
Drawing Basics 1
OR
VAFA100
Drawing Fundamentals C,1
3
VAFA191
Art History Before 1450 C,1
3
VAFA192
Art History After 1450 C,1
3
VAFA193
History of Modern Art C,1
3
Art History/History Electives (choose from list)
6
Digital Elective 9,D
3
Diversity B,3
3
Electives E
6
Foreign Language 1,F
6
Mathematics A,B,6
3
Science A,B,7
3/4
Social Science B,8
3
Studio Art Electives (choose from list))
6
Total Credit Hours
61/62
Art History/History Electives
(select at least 6 credits)
VACV141 Art of Independent Cinema C
VACV142 Art of Theatrical Cinema C
VAFA194 American Art HistoryC,1
VAFA195 Non-Western Art History C
VAFW190 History of American Furniture C
VAPH196 History of Photography C,1
HIST111 History of Western Civilization I 1
HIST112 History of Western Civilization II 1
HIST151 History of the United States I 1
HIST152 History of the United States II 1
HIST195 Introduction to Historical Archeology I
HIST197 History and Theory of Preservation
HIST198 History of American Architecture
Studio Electives
(select at least 6 credits)
VAFA107 Introduction to Jewelry 1
VAFA141 Introduction to Sculpture 1
VAFA147 Introduction to Glassblowing
VAFA161 Introduction to Printmaking 1
VAFA171 Introduction to Painting 1
VAFA181 Introduction to Ceramics 1
VAFW100 Fine Woodworking Fundamentals 1
VAFW133 Woodcarving – Furniture
VAPH151 Introduction to Photography 1

Recommended Semester Sequence

The recommended course sequence is designed for full-time students who average 15 credit hours per semester. Students may need more time to complete major requirements based on placement testing. This additional time will entail some adjustments to the sequence recommended.

First Semester

Course Credits
COLL101
College Success Seminar
1
COMM110
Effective Speaking A,4,5
3
COMP110
English Composition I A,10
3
VAFA111
Drawing Basics 1
OR
VAFA100
Drawing Fundamentals C,1
3
VAFA191
Art History Before 1450 C,1
3
Foreign Language 1,F
3
Total Credit Hours
16

Second Semester

Course Credits
COMP111
English Composition II C,2,4,10
3
VAFA192
Art History After 1450 C,1
3
Digital Elective 9,D
3
Foreign Language 1,F
3
Mathematics A,B,6
3
Total Credit Hours
15

Third Semester

Course Credits
VAFA193
History of Modern Art C,1
3
Art History/History Elective (choose from list)
3
Elective E
3
Science A,B,7
3/4
Studio Elective (choose from list)
3
Total Credit Hours
15/16

Fourth Semester

Course Credits
Art History/History Elective (choose from list)
3
Elective E
3
Diversity B,3
3
Studio Elective (choose from list)
3
Social Science B,8
3
Total Credit Hours
15

A Placement testing required.
B Consult the list of courses approved for this category. Any course may be chosen.
C Course requires prerequisite.
D Any of the following may be chosen: VAPH110, VAMM100, VACV140.
E Pre-college level courses do not meet this requirement.
F German, French, or Italian is recommended.

1 Satisfies Arts/Humanities.
2 Satisfies Critical Thinking.
3 Satisfies Diversity.
4 Satisfies Information Literacy.
5 Satisfies Oral Communication.
6 Satisfies Quantitative Literacy.
7 Satisfies Scientific Literacy.
8 Satisfies Social Sciences.
9 Satisfies Technological Competence.
10 Satisfies Writing.

Bucks County Community College is an accredited institutional member of the National Association of Schools of Arts and Design.

Credits exceeding the required minimum cannot be used to satisfy required credits in other course requirements.

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