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Art, Studio/Fine Art (Ringling College of Art and Design)

Associate in Arts Degree

This pre-major is designed for the student who plans to transfer to the Ringling College of Art and Design as a junior to complete a four-year Bachelor’s degree in Art. Students who plan to transfer to a limited access program are responsible for completing the specific requirements of the institution to which they will transfer as completion of this pre-major does not guarantee admission to an upper division limited access program. It is based upon an articulation agreement in Fine Arts with Ringling.

Start Right

Degree-seeking students enrolling at Valencia for the first time will have a limited range of courses from which to choose for their first 18 college-level credits. Within the first 18 college credit hours, you will be required to take SLS 1122 (3 credits), ENC1101 (3 credits), and a mathematics course appropriate to your selected meta-major (3 credits). The remaining courses should be chosen from the General Education Core Courses in humanities (3 credits), science (3 credits), or social science (3 credits), and/or the introductory courses within the A.A. Pre-Majors (or articulated pre-majors for those tabs). For specific courses see the Foundation Courses on the “Program Requirements” tab. For course sequencing recommendations, you can create an education plan by logging into Atlas, clicking on the LifeMap tab and clicking My Education Plan.

Financial Aid

In order to be eligible for and calculated in your enrollment status for financial aid, courses for which you are enrolled must count toward your Associate in Arts degree (36 credits of general education and 24 credits of electives). Courses listed in this plan may not be eligible for and calculated in your enrollment status financial aid if you took other course work outside of this plan (examples include prior course work from prerequisites, changing a major, and transfer course work not included in this plan).

Math Pathways

A Math Pathway is the recommended math course sequence that leads to completion of the General Education math requirement that a student would take within his/her Meta-Major. The Meta-Majors are a collection of eight academic clusters that have related courses. The intent of selecting a Meta-Major is to help you choose a major and degree based on your interests, knowledge, skills and abilities. The recommended math pathway for this transfer plan is the Arts/Humanities/Communications/Design path; see the program requirements tab for specific courses. Advisors are available on all campuses to discuss Meta-Majors and to help you review transfer institution catalogs for specific math requirements.

Program Outcomes

  • Distinguish the principles and elements of two-dimensional and three-dimensional design, including color theory.
  • Draw from observation of object, nature, and figure
  • Develop a particular field of concentration within Studio/Fine Art.
  • Examine aesthetics relating to art historical periods and their influences on contemporary art.
  • Develop a working vocabulary of fine art media, tools and processes within each artistic medium.
  • Demonstrate readiness for transfer
Foundation Courses
or SPC 1017 Interpersonal Communication
SLS 1122New Student Experience +*~3
ART 1201CDesign I +3
HumanitiesSee Gen. Ed. Core Requirements +*~3
Mathematics See Gen. Ed. Core Requirement +*~3
Social Science See Gen. Ed. Core Requirement ~3
Intermediate Courses
ENC 1102Freshman Comp II +*~3
ScienceSee Gen. Ed. Core Requirement ~3
ART 1300CDrawing I +3
ARH 2050Introduction to Art History I +~3
ART 2500CPainting I *3
Mathematics See Gen. Ed. Core or Institutional Requiement +*~3
Advanced Courses
ScienceSee Gen. Ed. Core or Institutional Requirement ~3
Social ScienceSee Gen. Ed. Institutional Requirement (GR) ~3
ART 2701CSculpture I3
ART 1203CDesign II +*3
ART 2501CPainting II *3
ARH 2051Introduction to Art History II +*~3
Total Credit Hours60

This course must be completed with a grade of C or better.


This course has a prerequisite; check description in Valencia catalog.


 This is a General Education course.


 Denotes a Gordon Rule course.

Students who wish to fulfill the requirements for the articulation agreement with the Ringling College of Art and Design must take the following additional courses:

DIG 2000CIntro to Dig Media and Desig5
DIG 2109CDigital Imaging Fundamentals *3
DIG 2030CDigital Video and Sound *3

This course has a prerequisite; check description in Valencia catalog.


Students who anticipate entering RCAD to pursue an emphasis in sculpture are encouraged to take an additional 3-6 studio course credits in sculpture at an accredited institution.