Associate in Fine Arts with Art Emphasis

Associate in Fine Arts with Art Emphasis at Harper College

Study design or fine arts at a four-year university 

Transfer majors  Art icon


  • Design
  • Digital Arts/Media
  • Fine Arts
  • Studio Art

Get an Associate in Fine Arts degree and transfer to a four-year institution after completing a program in design or studio arts. Take a selection of core classes along with fine arts-focused courses in areas such as drawing, digital art, design, art history and more. Studio courses will give you hands-on experience in drawing, design, printmaking, digital art, digital photography, painting and ceramics/sculpture.

Art 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 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.

Harper College offers numerous opportunities for students to exhibit works, learn from visiting artists, and participate in juried exhibitions. You may participate in 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.

Certificate program requirements

These requirements apply to the Associate in Fine Arts-Art Emphasis degree.

These requirements apply to students who first enrolled for Fall 2018 or later. Students who first enrolled prior to Fall 2018 should obtain the appropriate sheet of requirements from a Student Development Center.

Completion of the Associate in Fine Arts-Art degree does not fulfill the requirements of the Illinois General Education core curriculum. After transfer, Associate in Fine Arts-Art students will need to complete the general education requirements of the institution to which they transfer.

Communications

3 courses

A grade of C or better is required for ENG 101 and 102.

9

Number Course Title Credits
ENG 101 3
ENG 102 3
SPE 101 3

Mathematics

1 course

3

Number Course Title Credits
MTH 101 4
MTH 124 3
MTH 131 4
MTH 134 or
MTH 200 4-5
MTH 165 or
MTH 225 4
MTH 201 5
MTH 202 5
MTH 220 3

Physical and Life Sciences

2 courses with 1 course from the Life Sciences and 1 from the Physical Sciences. 1 course must be a lab science (marked with an *).

7

Number Course Title Credits
Life Sciences:
BIO 101 3
BIO 103 3
BIO 104 * 4
BIO 105 3
BIO 110 * 4
BIO 115 * 4
BIO 116 * 4
BIO 120 * 4
BIO 140 * 4
Physical Sciences:
AST 100 3
AST 101 * 4
AST 112 * 4
AST 115 * 4
CHM 100 * 4
CHM 103 * 4
CHM 105 * 4
CHM 110 * 4
CHM 121 * 5
ESC 100 3
ESC 101 3
ESC 110 * 4
ESC 111 * 4
ESC 112 * 4
ESC 113 * 4
ESC 121 * 4
GEG 111 3
GEG 112 * 1
PHS 170 * 3
PHY 100 3
PHY 110 * 4
PHY 112 * 4
PHY 121 * 5
PHY 201 * 5

Humanities

2 courses

Courses marked with a + meet the World Cultures and Diversity graduation requirement. One 3 credit-hour course is required for graduation.

6

Number Course Title Credits
CHN 202 4
FRN 202 4
FRN 210 + 3
GER 202 4
GER 210 + 3
HST 105 or
HUM 105 3
HUM 101 3
HUM 102 3
HUM 104 + 3
HUM 106 + 3
HUM 107 + 3
HUM 110 + 3
HUM 120 3
HUM 125 + 3
JPN 202 4
LIT 105 3
LIT 110 3
LIT 112 3
LIT 115 3
LIT 206 3
LIT 207 3
LIT 208 + 3
LIT 210 3
LIT 220 + 3
LIT 221 3
LIT 222 3
LIT 223 + 3
LIT 224 + 3
LIT 231 3
LIT 232 3
PHI 101 3
PHI 105 3
PHI 115 3
PHI 160 + 3
PHI 205 + 3
PHI 215 + 3
PHI 220 3
PHI 225 3
PHI 231 3
PHI 232 3
SGN 202 3
SGN 210 + 4
SPA 202 4
SPA 210 + 3
THE 121 + 3

Social and Behavioral Sciences

2 courses with courses selected from at least two departments.

Courses marked with a + meet the World Cultures and Diversity graduation requirement. One 3 credit-hour course is required for graduation.

6

Number Course Title Credits
ANT 101 + 3
ANT 202 + 3
ANT 205 3
ANT 206 + 3
ECO 200 3
ECO 211 3
ECO 212 3
GEG 100 + 3
GEG 101 + 3
GEG 103 + 3
GEG 104 + 3
GEG 150 3
HST 111 3
HST 112 3
HST 121 + 3
HST 141 4
HST 142 4
HST 212 3
HST 231 + 3
HST 232 + 3
HST 241 + 3
HST 242 + 3
HST 243 + 3
HST 245 + 3
PSC 101 3
PSC 220 3
PSC 250 + 3
PSC 270 + 3
PSC 280 + 3
PSY 101 3
PSY 216 3
PSY 217 3
PSY 218 3
PSY 228 3
SOC 101 + 3
SOC 120 + 3
SOC 205 + 3
SOC 215 + 3
SOC 230 + 3
SOC 235 + 3

Total General Education

No more than two GEG and two HST courses (except HST 105) may be used to fulfill the General Education requirements.

31

Number Course Title Credits

Core Courses

8 courses

A portfolio review is required with an art advisor after the completion of the first two semesters of art course requirements before starting any other art courses. The Art Department strongly recommends that Associate in Fine Arts-Art candidates also take two semesters of ART 100 for its professional career content.

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Number Course Title Credits
ART 110 3
ART 111 3
ART 121 3
ART 122 3
ART 130 3
ART 131 3
ART 132 3
ART 133 3
ART 225 3

Media Specific Courses

9

Number Course Title Credits
ART 150 3
ART 206 3
ART 250 3
ART 261 3
ART 291 3
ART 296 3

World Cultures and Diversity Requirement

One 3-credit hour course is required. Courses that fulfill this requirement may also be used to fulfill requirements in the General Education category.

Number Course Title Credits
Select one course marked with a + from the above Groups.

Total Hours Required:

64

Number Course Title Credits

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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.