Art Sample Transfer Plan

Art Transfer Plan at Harper College

Transfer to a four-year university to study art education or art history  

Transfer majors  Art icon


  • Art history
  • Art education

Earn your Associate in Art degree at Harper College and transfer to a four-year institution to complete a program in art education or art history. You’ll take core classes along with art-focused courses in areas such as drawing, design, ancient and medieval art history, modern and contemporary art history, gothic and romantic art history and more.

Harper College allows you to take hands-on studio courses in drawing, design, printmaking, digital art, digital photography, painting, ceramics/sculpture and more.

Harper College is home to a vibrant art scene, with more than 250 original works located across campus. The Art Exhibition Space hosts several exhibits each semester featuring student and faculty work, solo and group exhibits, visiting artists’ exhibits and juried exhibitions. Each year, Harper hosts the Small Works National Juried Art Exhibition. And the department’s Visiting Artist Program provides a variety of opportunities for you to observe and interact with different artists. You can participate in various student organizations including Point of View (a literary and art magazine), the Harper College Clay Guild, the Graphic Design Club and more.

This program is a convenient and affordable way to begin your college education. Academic advisors will help you choose courses that meet the specific requirements of the four-year college or university you plan to attend.

Sample transfer plan

This sample transfer planning guide meets the requirements of the Associate in Arts degree and follows the Illinois Articulation Initiative art baccalaureate major recommendations. Students choosing to follow this sample plan need to choose the major of Associate in Arts if needing financial aid. Transfer institution requirements may vary - students should check individual college/university requirements before completing the sample plan as outlined. Baccalaureate admission may be competitive. Completion of these courses alone does not guarantee admission.

FIRST SEMESTER:

Number Course Title Credits
ART 110 3

Description: Introduces students to descriptive and expressive approaches to drawing with black and white media. Line work, shading, perspective and experimental techniques are practiced. Students learn to accurately depict everyday objects and surroundings, and to develop an awareness of drawing as a creative process. IAI ART 904

ART 121 3

Description: Introduces students to skills fundamental to two-dimensional visual organization. Explores elements such as line, shape and color, and principles such as unity, balance and variation. Provides a foundation for all areas of art and design. IAI ART 907

ART 130 3

Description: Follows the historical development of the visual arts produced by Western civilizations, focusing on major artistic styles, works of art and monuments. Works are examined as expressions of the ideas, beliefs and practices of artists, cultures and societies. Covers the history of art from pre-history to the medieval age. IAI F2 901

ENG 101 3

Description: Emphasizes the writing of expository prose. Introduction to the critical reading of nonfiction prose. IAI C1 900

Prerequisite: ENG 100 with a grade of C or better. Other placement options. ENG_Placement_Grid.pdf ESL students need one of the following options: ESL 073 and ESL 074 with grades of B or better; ESL 073 and ESL 086 with grades of B or better; ESL 073 and ESL 099 with grades of B or better; ESL 073 with required writing placement test score; or ESL 074 with required reading placement test score.

Mathematics1 3

SECOND SEMESTER:

Number Course Title Credits
ART 111 3

Description: Builds on the content of ART 110 (Drawing I) with applications beyond observation-based approaches. Emphasizes intent, idea development and use of colored media. IAI ART 905

Prerequisite: ART 110 (Drawing I) with a grade of C or better, or consent of instructor.

ART 122 3

Description: Introduces students to skills fundamental to three-dimensional visual organization. Explores elements such as form, space, and process and principles such as unity, balance and variation. Provides a foundation for all areas of three-dimensional art and design. IAI ART 908

Prerequisite: ART 121 (Design I) with a grade of C or better, or consent of instructor.

ART 131 3

Description: Follows the historical development of the visual arts produced by Western civilizations, focusing on major artistic styles, works of art and monuments. Works are examined as expressions of the ideas, beliefs and practices of artists, cultures and societies. Covers the history of art from the medieval age to the end of the eighteenth century. IAI F2 902

Physical and Life Science2 3
Social and Behavioral Science3 3

THIRD SEMESTER:

Number Course Title Credits
ART 132 3

Description: Follows the historical development of the visual arts produced by Western civilizations, focusing on major artistic styles, works of art and monuments. Works are examined as expressions of the ideas, beliefs and practices of artists, cultures and societies. Covers the history of art from the nineteenth-century to the present time. IAI F2 902

Art Studio elective4 3
Art Studio elective4 3
ENG 102 3

Description: Continues ENG 101. Reading literature and writing of various types of prose. Introduces methods used in writing investigative papers. IAI C1 901R

Prerequisite: ENG 101 with a grade of C or better, or consent of instructor or department chair.

Social and Behavioral Science5 3

FOURTH SEMESTER:

Number Course Title Credits
Art Studio elective4 3
Humanities and Fine Arts6 3
Physical and Life Science2 4
Social and Behavioral Science5 3
SPE 101 3

Description: Theory and practice of oral communications. Development of poise, confidence and skill in speech organization and delivery. Emphasis on frequent speaking, development of standards of criticism and selection and organization of material. IAI C2 900

1 - Refer to the Associate in Arts degree for approved courses in this category.

2 - Select one Physical and one Life Science course. At least one must include a lab. Refer to the Associate in Arts degree for the approved courses in this category.

3 - PSY 101 or SOC 101 is recommended

4 - Choose from: ART 206, ART 225, ART 250, ART 261, ART 291 and ART 296.

5 - One course from Humanities and Fine Arts or from Social and Behavioral Science must meet the World Cultures and Diversity requirement. Refer to the Associate in Arts degree for the approved courses in this category.

6 - Select from Humanities. One course from Humanities and Fine Arts or Social and Behavioral Science must meet the World Cultures and Diversity requirement. Refer to the Associate in Arts degree for approved courses in this category.

Transfer options

Art Transfers: This plan is for students who intend to transfer to a four-year school to complete a BFA degree in art. The Harper Art Faculty suggests choosing studio art electives that most align with the interests of the student. These classes will dictate the kind of artwork that makes up the student’s transfer portfolio. The fine arts encompass a host of disciplines, which are centered on personal and cultural expression, as well as creative production for various industries. Careers include: Animator, ceramic artist, college professor, fabricator, film/video-maker, furniture-maker, jewelry artist, painter, photographer, print-maker, prop/display production, and sculptor.

Design Transfers: This plan is for students who intend to transfer to a four-year school to complete a BFA degree in a design field. Art studio electives should be chosen to best prepare the student for their area of interest. These classes will dictate the kind of artwork that makes up the student’s transfer portfolio. The design fields primarily serve the needs of business and industry. Almost all career areas in design are digital-based. Careers include: Animator, college professor, fashion designer, film/video-maker, game designer, graphic designer, illustrator, industrial designer, interior designer, landscape designer, photographer, and web designer.

Art History Transfers: Emphasizes analysis and interpretation of historical and contemporary artworks and art movements. Students who major in art history are most likely to seek careers in college teaching, museum and gallery work, arts administration, art criticism, and publishing. Foreign Language acquisition and writing is encouraged.*

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Next steps

For more information about this program, contact Admission Outreach at 847.925.6700, or submit a request information form. You can also apply online.