Associate of Arts – Art: Pre-Major

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Program Information

  • Location: Downtown Milwaukee Campus
  • Pathway: General Education
  • Program Code: 20-800-1
  • Offering: In-class
  • Degree Type: 2-Year Degree (Associate)
  • Start Dates: August/January

About the Associate of Arts – Art: Pre-Major Degree

DESCRIPTION

Liberal Arts and Sciences Four-Year College Transfer Program

The study of art and design develops creative thinkers, artist professionals and cultural leaders through a cross-disciplinary curriculum that balances innovation, traditional craftsmanship, critical thinking, and scholarly civic engagement. This pre-major aligns with transfer agreements with the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee to give you a head start on a bachelor degree in the arts.

Students earn the first two years of bachelor’s degree credit courses that will transfer (consult with the destination institution regarding specific requirements for a major and credit transfer details). 

Note: It is important to consult the four-year college/university regarding transferability of your selected courses. Successful completion of this degree requires a grade-point average of 2.0 (C) or higher, with 25% of the credits taken at MATC.

 

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Detailed Program Information

2022-23 Curriculum

Course Course Name Credits
English – 6 credits required 6
ENG-201 English 1 ‡
ENG-202 English 2 ‡
Speech – 3 credits required 3

SPEECH-201

(or) SPEECH 203

(or) SPEECH 206

Elements of Speech

Interpersonal Communication

Intercultural Communication

World/Foreign Language – 4 credits required 4
Any 200-level FLANG
Most four-year universities require at least two consecutive semesters of the same language. Students with prior experience can place into a higher level with the potential of earning 2-14 free retroactive credits. Students who completed four high school semesters of the same language with a grade of C or better can waive this requirement; the four waived credits must be made up with other 200-level credits.
Humanities – 12 credits required 12

ART-201

ART-202

ART-203

 

 

Understanding Art (3 credits)

Renaissance to Modern Art and Architecture (3 credits)

Ancient to Medieval Art and Architecture (3 credits)

Select one additional 3-credit 200-level Humanities course; see list of courses on Program Plan. Discuss your course selections with Pathway Advisor.

Social Sciences – 9 credits required 9
See list of courses on Program Plan. Discuss your course selections with Pathway Advisor.
Diversity/Ethnic Studies – 3 credits required 3
See list of courses on Program Plan. Discuss your course selections with Pathway Advisor.
Mathematics/Natural Sciences – 11 credits required (combined between Math and Natural Sciences)
11
Minimum of 11 total credits in Mathematics and Natural Sciences to include: 3-4 credits of Math at the level of Intermediate Algebra or above, and 7-8 credits of Natural Science. See list of courses on Program Plan. Discuss your course selections with Pathway Advisor.
Physical Education – 3 credits required 3
Select any 200-level PHYED course(s).
Additional Art Courses – 9 credits required 9

ART-204 Drawing by Observation

GRDS-103 Design Elements and Principles

GRDS-107 Digital Imaging

TOTAL CREDITS

60

‡ Prerequisite required.

Program curriculum requirements are subject to change.

Current MATC students should consult their Academic Program Plan for specific curriculum requirements.

Successful completion of this Associate in Arts degree requires a grade-point average of 2.0 or higher.

Important: Consult the four-year college or university you plan to attend regarding transferability of selected courses.

Search for available classes now (link) to see course descriptions, class times and locations.

Already a student? You can visit Self-Service (link) and choose Student Planning to register for classes.

Important Dates

Deadlines and important dates can be found on:
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Also, you can find dates and deadlines on the MATC Events Calendar

Program Outcomes

The Associate of Arts degree (AA) prepares students with the necessary academic and practical skills to complete a program of general education study and successfully transfer to a four-year college/university or to the workforce. The Associate of Arts requires coursework to prepare students to enter into many different areas of study, emphasizing humanities and social sciences.

Specifically, program learning outcomes for graduates of the AA degree include the following:

  • Effective Communication - Students will be able to communicate with different audiences by:
    • Being able to synthesize and organize information for diverse audiences
    • Actively listening in personal and professional relationships
    • Reading and comprehending written materials in content areas

This outcome is aligned with MATC’s Effective Communication Career Essential.

  • Information Literacy - Students will possess basic skills to access, evaluate, and use information technology to support academic, community, and career-related interests.

This outcome is aligned with MATC’s Technological Competency Career Essential.

  • Global Awareness - Students will be able to explain cultural difference and its importance, identify global interdependencies, and work productively with cultural differences.

This outcome is aligned with MATC’s Global Awareness Career Essential.

  • Analytical/Critical Thinking - Students will be able to perform analyses of messages, problems, or issues using a logically structured approach such as qualitative, quantitative, scientific, logical, critical or other human reasoning systems.

This outcome is aligned with MATC’s Effective Problem Solving Career Essential.

  • Professionalism - Students will display the behaviors of successful students and pre-professionals, identify the individual behaviors conducive to learning and succeeding in college, and display the abilities to interact successfully in classes, with instructors, other students, and student life personnel.
    This outcome is aligned with MATC’s Professionalism Career Essential.
  • Scientific Method - Students will be able to conduct research by planning and implementing an appropriate investigative strategy and synthesize results in an academic document.

This outcome is aligned with MATC’s Professionalism Career Essential.

With additional education and work experience, graduates may find employment in a variety of fields and occupations including: Advertising, Art, Counseling, Education, Elementary Education, International Studies, Journalism, Politics, Psychology, Public Relations, Radio/TV/Film, Sales, Social Work/Human Services, Theatre, Translating, etc.

Career Outlook

There are many career opportunities related to art. These include occupations related to creating and exhibiting works of art, art education, graphic design, industrial design, animation and more. 

POSSIBLE CAREERS

Design and Visual Communication

Digital Fabrication and Design

Digital Studio Practice

Art Education

Art Therapy

Community/Studio Arts

 

 

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Last updated: 09/21/2022