Art and Design

Art Education

Earn a degree, transfer, take an elective or explore.

Courses offered by the Art Department at Harper College transfer to state universities in Illinois and most private institutions, colleges and universities nationally, with few or no lost credits.


Associate in Fine Arts (AFA) degree

The Associate in Fine Arts/Art degree is specifically for studio art and design majors planning to transfer into a Bachelor of Fine Arts (BFA) degree at a four-year college or university. The AFA degree is designed with a core of art and design courses and general education courses that match the State of Illinois guidelines for the first two years of college for a fine arts major. This degree allows art and design majors to transfer into most BFA programs in Illinois with status equal to the native university students.

Associate in Art (AA) degree

The Associate in Art degree is for art education and art history majors planning to transfer into a Bachelor of Arts (BA) degree at a four-year college or university.

Course/Program Options

The Art Department offers these courses to fulfill the Humanities/Fine Arts general education requirements for non-art majors.

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, printmaker, prop/display production, sculptor.

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, web designer.

Art History:
Careers include: College professor, curator, researcher, writer.

Art Education:
Careers include: Primary and secondary education.

Museum Studies:
Careers include: Administrator, conservator, curator, director, museum educator, preparator, restorer.

Art Therapy:
Careers include: Clinical therapist, institutional counselor.

Studio courses are art and design production lab courses that develop technical skills for making artworks and conceptual skills for creating. Foundation courses (100 level) emphasize fundamental skills to begin developing creative thinking. Second-year courses (200 level) emphasize technical mastery, conceptual skills and self-direction.

Studio classes typically meet six hours each week in specialized labs/classrooms. Students spend most of the time designing and producing works, although lectures, discussions and critiques are also included. Students are evaluated by portfolio review, class participation and through exams. Some art supplies are provided through student lab fees, but students will purchase most supplies. Textbooks may be required in some courses.

Prerequisites or consent of the instructor may be required for some 200-level art and design courses. All studio courses are three credit hours. All 200-level art and design courses may be repeated for up to six hours credit.

Foundation Art and Design Studio

Second-year Art and Design Studio

Art History classes incorporate lecture, discussion, and a close viewing of art, architecture, and material culture. Courses involve reading, writing, research, and visiting museums.

+Fulfills World Culture and Diversity Requirement


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