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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
ART 121 3
ART 130 3
ENG 101 3
Mathematics1 3

SECOND SEMESTER:

Number Course Title Credits
ART 111 3
ART 122 3
ART 131 3
Physical and Life Science2 3
Social and Behavioral Science3 3

THIRD SEMESTER:

Number Course Title Credits
ART 132 3
Art Studio elective4 3
Art Studio elective4 3
ENG 102 3
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

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.*

Related programs

Students interested in studying art at a four-year university may also be interested in:

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.