Fine Arts

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. 1001

Students interested in Fine Arts at Bucks need to meet with a Visual Arts faculty member for advising.

The Fine Arts major is designed to serve the fine arts major and the general college student. The major equips the art student with the skills, attitudes, and knowledge necessary for further training in a four-year professional or liberal arts institution and develops mastery of arts, crafts, and design in the student whose formal education ends after two years at the College.

All full-time students entering as Fine Arts majors are required to schedule a portfolio review. In the absence of a portfolio, students will schedule an assessment interview for placement purposes. An art advisor will help select the appropriate sequence of courses.

For the non-art major many electives in art require no pre-requisite or portfolio evaluation.

Graduates of this program are able to

  • demonstrate an understanding of the methods and materials associated with drawing, two-dimensional design, and three-dimensional design;
  • use traditional and new media to begin to explore and express their own creative voice;
  • read about, write about, and analyze art and art history using basic research, critical thinking skills, and a visual arts vocabulary; and
  • prepare and present a formal, professional-quality portfolio of work which may be used to apply for admission to a four-year college.
Note: Studio courses can be expensive. Lab Fees may be required .

Degree Course Requirements*

Course Credits
VAFA100
Drawing Fundamentals 3
3
VAFA101
2-D Design Fundamentals
3
VAFA102
3-D Design Fundamentals
3
VAFA103
Drawing Composition G
3
VAFA104
2-D Design Color G
3
VAFA105
3-D Design Materials/Modeling G
3
VAFA200
Drawing Anatomy G
3
VAFA250
Fine Arts and Design Portfolio StudioG
3
VAFA202
Figure Drawing G
3
COMP110
English Composition I A,G,1
3
COMP111
English Composition II G,2
3
SOCI110
Intro. to Sociology 6
3
Art History C,4
6
College Level Math or Science A,B
3
INTG285
Integration of Knowledge D,G,5
3
Personal Health B
2
Digital Elective E
3
Studio Electives F
9
Total Credit Hours
62

Recommended Semester Sequence

The recommended course sequence is designed for full- time students who average l5 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
VAFA100
Drawing Fundamentals 3
3
VAFA101
2-D Design Fundamentals
3
VAFA102
3-D Design Fundamentals
3
COMP110
English Composition I A,G,1
3
Art History C,4
3
Total Credit Hours
15

Second Semester

Course Credits
VAFA103
Drawing Composition G
3
VAFA104
2-D Design Color G
3
VAFA105
3-D Design Materials/Modeling G
3
COMP111
English Composition II G,2
3
Digital Elective E
OR
Art History C,4
3
Total Credit Hours
15

Third Semester

Course Credits
VAFA200
Drawing Anatomy G
3
Math/Science A,B
3
VAFA250
Fine Arts and Design Portfolio StudioG
3
Art History C,4
OR
Digital Elective E
3
Personal Health B
2
Studio Elective F
3
Total Credit Hours
17

Fourth Semester

Course Credits
VAFA202
Figure Drawing
3
SOCI110
Intro. to Sociology 6
3
INTG285
Integration of Knowledge D,G,5
3
Studio Electives F
6
Total Credit Hours
15

A Placement testing required.
B Consult the list of courses approved for this subcategory. Any course may be chosen.
C Any of the following may be chosen: VAFA191, VAFA192, VAFA193.
D Any INTG course may be chosen.
E Any of the following may be chosen: VAMM100, VAPH110.
F Any studio course with the prefix of VAFA, VAPH, VAGD, VAFW, and/or VAMM may be selected.
G Course requires prerequisite.

1 Satisfies College Level Writing Level I.
2 Satisfies College Level Writing Level II.
3 Satisfies Creative Expression.
4 Satisfies Cultural Perspectives.
5 Satisfies Writing Intensive requirement.
6 Satisfies Social Perspectives.

*Students who do not seek the Associate of Arts Degree may earn the legend, “Major Requirements Satisfied,” on their transcripts by successfully completing all the courses listed in the major except credits in social perspectives, mathematics or science, English and three credits in integration of knowledge.

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