Studio Art

Associate of Arts Degree with Designation

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Studio Art is the study of how to create art, the development of an understanding about how art is made and finding your place in society. As a student in Studio Art you may take courses in color theory, ceramics, drawing, painting, printmaking, sculpture, jewelry, two-dimensional design and three-dimensional design. The Associate of Arts (AA) degree with designation in Studio Art includes courses that are common to all four-year institutions in Colorado and will prepare you for continued study at a four-year institution in pursuit of a Bachelor of Arts (BA) degree or a Bachelor of Fine Arts (BFA) degree in Studio Art. With a degree in Studio Art you may be employed in one of the following career areas: studio artist, arts councils, newspaper or publishing houses, advertising agencies, film and motion picture production, art restoration, commercial art, art therapy, art education, art museums and galleries or gallery curator.

Content criteria, competencies, and student learning outcomes associated with the general education courses required for this degree can be found on the Colorado Department of Higher Education website.

Written Communication

Six (6) credit hours

ENG 121

English Composition I: CO1


ENG 122

English Composition II: CO2





ENG 122

English Composition II: CO2


ENG 201

English Composition III: CO3





HIS 265

Writing About History: CO3



Three (3) credit hours

  • GT - One GT Pathways course (GT-MA1) prefer MAT 120

Arts and Humanities

Six (6) credit hours. Full list of requirements.

  • GT - Two GT Pathways Arts and Humanities courses (AH2, AH3, AH4)


Three (3) credit hours. Full list of requirements.

  • GT - One GT Pathways History course (HI1)

Social and Behavioral Sciences

Six (6) credit hours Full list of requirements.

  • GT - Two GT Pathways Social and Behavioral Sciences courses (SS1, SS2, SS3)

Natural and Physical Sciences

Seven (7) credit hours. Full list of requirements.

  • GT - Two GT Pathways Natural and Physical Sciences courses (SC1). One of these must have the required Lab (GT-SC1).

Additional Required Courses

Twenty-one (21) credit hours

Please note: if these credits are not required for the major at a receiving four-year institution, they will be applied to the Bachelor’s degree as elective credit towards graduation. Please check with the receiving institution to determine in which way these courses will be applied.

ART 111

Art History Ancient to Medieval: AH1


ART 112

Art History Renaissance to 1900: AH1


ART 121

Drawing I


ART 131

Visual Concepts 2-D Design


ART 132

Visual Concepts 3-D Design


ART 221

Drawing II





ART 128

Figure Drawing I



Studio Art course



Eight (8) credit hours selected from the AA approved course list.

Total Credit Hours


Additional information available on the Studio Art Department website at