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Title Art Transfer Pathway A.F.A. Degree 
Department Art 

Program Course Requirements

Fall Semester - 1st Year (13 credits)
ARTS 1458 Introduction to Drawing (Goal 6), 3 cr
ARTS 1459 2-D Design (Goal 6), 3 cr
ENGL 1410 Composition I OR ENGL 1420 Honors Composition I (Goal 1), 4 cr
Additional Studio Art Course (Goal 6), 3 cr

Spring Semester - 1st Year (16 credits)
ARTS 1461 3-D Design (Goal 6), 3 cr
ARTS 2411 Introduction to Digital Imaging (Goal 6), 3 cr
ARTS 2486 Art History/Ancient (Goal 6), 3 cr
Additional studio art course, 3 cr
ENGL 1411* Composition II (Goal 1) OR ENGL 1421* Honors Composition II (Goals 1 and 9), 4 cr

Fall Semester - 2nd Year (15 credits)
Additional 3-D design or 2-D design course, 3 cr
Additional 3-D design or 2-D design course, 3 cr
COMM 1420 Intercultural Communication (Goals 1 and 7), 3 cr
Additional MnTC course(s), 6 cr

Spring Semester - 2nd Year (16 credits)
Additional 3-D design or 2-D design course, 3 cr
Additional 3-D design or 2-D design course, 3 cr
ARTS 2487 Art History/Modern (Goal 6), 3 cr
Additional MnTC course(s), 7 cr

*Denotes Prerequisite

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Career Description: A bachelor’s degree in Art may lead to potential career opportunities in art education, gallery or museum curation, graphic design, game design, industrial design, interior design, and many other skilled positions. Many graduates completing a bachelor’s degree in Art are encouraged to attend graduate school to continue their development, eventually becoming self-employed studio artists.

Program Information: The Art Transfer Pathway A.F.A. Degree serves students planning to pursue a baccalaureate degree with a major in Studio Art or Art Education. Students will develop the skills necessary to produce art and experience the creative decision making process, enabling students to develop individual excellence in their work. Through art history classes, students will develop an understanding of the unfolding of the arts through time and contributions made through art to the larger culture.

Program Outcomes:
Graduates will be able to:

  • Comprehend and create two-dimensional and three-dimensional works of art;
  • Create and comprehend digital images;
  • Explain visual elements common to all facets of art history and relate this to the current era;
  • Demonstrate an appreciation of art;
  • Demonstrate skills in ceramic art construction; and
  • Demonstrate an increased appreciation of the vital role and value that the fine arts and humanities have on the development of culture.

Special Program Requirements:

In addition to the program requirements, students must meet the following conditions in order to graduate:

  1. College Cumulative GPA Requirement: cumulative grade point average (GPA) of credits attempted and completed at CLC must be at least 2.0;
  2. Residency Requirement: students must complete 25% of their credits at Central Lakes College.

Transfer Opportunities: The Art Transfer Pathway A.F.A. Degree offers students a powerful option: the opportunity to complete an Associate of Fine Arts degree with course credits that directly transfer to designated Art bachelor's degree programs at Minnesota State universities. The curriculum has been specifically designed so students completing this pathway degree and transferring to a Minnesota State university may enter with junior-year status. Courses in the Art Transfer Pathway degree will directly transfer and apply to the designated bachelor's degree programs. Students should consult with an advisor for guidance regarding how to best meet the requirements of their intended baccalaureate program. Universities within the Minnesota State system participating in the Art Transfer Pathway include: • Metropolitan State University - BA • Minnesota State University, Mankato – BA, BFA • Minnesota State University, Moorhead – BA • Southwest Minnesota State University, BA • St. Cloud State University - BFA

Faculty Biography:

Casey Hochhalter—Primarily working in ceramic sculpture, Casey Hochhalter investigates the interaction of nature's systems and the immensity of imagination. He is a Studio Art Instructor with experience in two and three dimensional design, ceramics, sculpture, drawing, painting, digital photography, airbrush painting, and art appreciation. Casey received a Masters of Fine Arts from Illinois State University, Normal, focusing his studies on balancing content and form with the traditions and current critical thought of ceramic art. He earned a Bachelors of Fine Arts from Minnesota State University, Mankato, majoring in ceramics and minoring in art history. Casey's success as an artist and writer has earned him grant support for experimental research projects. His work has been presented in a number of highly regarded national and international exhibitions and publications.

Bruce Fuhrman—Instructor at Central Lakes College since 1994. Department: Visual/Studio Art. He teaches courses in the Photography, Art Appreciation, Art History, Video and Graphic Arts. Educational background/degrees: (Masters of Science) Southwest State University-Marshall, MN; (Masters Studies of Fine Art) Regis University- Denver, CO; (Bachelors of Science) Minnesota State University- Moorhead MN; (Technical Diploma) Central Lakes College – Staples MN. Prior to coming to CLC, Fuhrman spent eleven years in corporate management in the photo industry. He currently owns and operates a Minnesota game farm & hatchery, and is a three sport, varsity coach at Staples-Motley High School. He enjoys his family, writing books, home design/construction, event photography, art presentation, and recreation sports.