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Art Degrees and Programs

CCA's Art & Design department has something for everyone, and has structured the curriculum to lead to a future in art through two degrees or a certificate.

Art & Design Degrees and Certificate

Associate of Arts in Art History

Associate of Arts in Studio Art

Both of the Associate Degrees offer highly transferrable courses, and will be the initial step towards a bachelor's degree in an art related field.

Art and Design Foundation Studies Certificate

This certificate offers students a rigorous foundation in the core areas of art and design, including drawing, creativity, design, technology, and presentation. This certificate is modeled after the first year of many art and design schools who require their students to complete a foundational curriculum before they can specialize in a specific area.

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Additional Information about Art Degrees

Art schools prepare students for exciting jobs in the creative field. But it’s important that the art degree meets all critical needs.

Developing students and artists who: understand and use the creative process, are well-equipped to enter the university, and demonstrate leadership, is at the core of the art program at Community College of Aurora, one of the premier community colleges in Denver.

In order to prepare students for an Associate (A.A.) Degree in art, which they may transfer to a university for a Bachelors Degree (B.A.) or Bachelor of Fine Arts Degree (B.F.A.), the Art & Design Department at Community College of Aurora has developed a curriculum path that results in a Foundation Studies Certificate. The Foundation Studies Certificate gives art college students a rigorous foundation in the core areas of drawing, creativity, design, technology, and presentation. The underlying philosophy is to to encourage foundational excellence, experimentation, process, and best studio practices.

The Foundation Studies Certificate is unique among many art certificates in that it’s modeled after the first year of many art and design colleges and their degree programs that require students to complete a foundational curriculum before they can specialize in a specific area. This art certificate gives the student a foundational understanding in core concepts, principles, and tools. It also offers students in this Denver community college arts school an opportunity to explore the creative fields and their own strengths before determining a specific direction.

The result of the Foundation Studies Certificate is a portfolio and the completion of five core classes (Drawing 1, 2D Design, 3D Design, Art History 1, and Art History 2) and three electives that are easily transferred to a four-year Bachelor's Degree program and art degree of the student’s choice.

There are many art and design degree options following the completion of the Foundation Studies Certificate. With the completed portfolio and experience in CCA’s art school program, students may take the following steps based on their goals:

  • Articulate into a B.A. or B.F.A. degree program within any artistic discipline, possibly starting as a sophomore.

Whatever the students’ art and design degree plan and goals, CCA is a smart choice. All art degrees aren’t the same and obtaining an art degree at one of the premier Denver, Colorado community colleges will help to rigorously prepare students for the next step.

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