AA, Fine Arts

Program Description

The Associate of Arts, Fine Arts is primarily for the student who is planning to make a career in the fine arts. The emphasis is on studio art with an awareness of art history and fine art communication skills. The Associate of Arts, Fine Arts is a transferable degree satisfying lower-division university requirements for a baccalaureate degree in fine arts.

Recommended Course Schedule

Plan of Study Grid
1st semesterUnits
ART 100 Visual Foundations 3
ART 101 Drawing I 3
ART 260 Survey of Art History I 3
ENG 101
Composition I
or Composition Enhanced
or Composition I for International and Multilingual Students
Mathematics 5 3
 Semester Total15
2nd semester
ART 141 Introduction to Digital Photography 3
ART 209 Introduction to Gallery Practices 1
ART 261 Survey of Art History II 3
Emphasis 6 3
ENG 102 Composition II 3
Science 5 3
 Semester Total16
3rd semester
ART 288 Photography of Art and Artifacts 3
ART 298 Portfolio Emphasis 2
Emphasis 6 3
Social Science/U.S. Nevada Constitutions 5 3
Science 5 3
 Semester Total14
4th semester
ART 270 Women in Art 3
Emphasis 6 6
Elective 6 3
Humanities 5 3
 Semester Total15
 Total Units60

See approved General Education list for the AA/AS Degree.


See program recommendations or requirements.

AA/AS degrees are designed for students who plan to transfer to a four-year college or university.  

To earn an AA/AS degree, students must:

  1. Maintain a minimum cumulative GPA of 2.0 (see requirements for graduation.)
  2. Complete a minimum of 15 units within the college.
  3. Satisfy General Education requirements for the AA/AS.
  4. Have no financial or library obligation to the college.
General Education Requirements
Must include ENG 102 or ENG 114 1
Fine Arts3
Women in Art 2
Fundamentals of College Mathematics (or higher)
Social Science3
American Experiences and Constitutional Change
Introduction to American Politics
Survey of U.S. Constitutional History
Additional College Requirements
Women in Art 2
Foreign Language 40
U.S. and Nevada Constitutions 2[3]
American Experiences and Constitutional Change
Introduction to American Politics
Survey of U.S. Constitutional History
Degree Requirements
ART 100Visual Foundations3
ART 101Drawing I3
ART 141Introduction to Digital Photography3
ART 209Introduction to Gallery Practices1
ART 260Survey of Art History I3
ART 261Survey of Art History II3
ART 288Photography of Art and Artifacts3
ART 298Portfolio Emphasis2
Emphasis Requirements 312
IMPORTANT: Please see Fine Arts Faculty Adviser for sequencing of emphasis requirements.
Ceramics Emphasis:
Ceramics I
Ceramics II
Digital Media Emphasis
Digital Media I
Drawing and Painting Emphasis:
Drawing II
Life Drawing I
Painting I
Painting II
Photography Emphasis:
Darkroom Photography I
Introduction to Digital Photography II
Photography II - Lighting
Printmaking Emphasis:
Introduction to Printmaking
Beginning Printmaking: Relief
Sculpture Emphasis:
Ceramics I
Sculpture I
Elective Requirements3
Select up to 3 units from the following.
Darkroom Photography I
Darkroom Photography II
Introduction to Contemporary Art
Independent Study
Special Topics in Studio Art
Any Art class not taken in the emphasis can be counted as an elective.
ART 237, Photography II Color can be taken at UNR as a reverse transfer course for student planning to tranfer to UNR
Total Units60

If you place into ENG 102 or ENG 114, the additional 3 required units will become elective credit.


Course may also count toward degree requirements. Please consult with Academic Advisement.


 See Fine Arts Faculty Adviser for sequencing of fine arts requirements.


Associate of Arts-Fine Arts is designed to transfer to the Bachelor of Fine Arts track at UNR which has no Foreign Language Requirement.

Students completing the degree will:

  • Demonstrate Competence in specific practical fine arts skills related to their area of emphasis. 
  • Acquire the supportive and theoretical information necessary to sustain and forward techniques in the studio arts.
  • Transfer to a baccalaureate program or become a professional in the studio arts or in a related field.

AA/AS degrees are designed for students who plan to transfer to a four-year college or university. General information about general transfer agreements can be found on the Academic Advisement website. TMCC has agreements with the following institutions towards a bachelor's degree in the same of similar discipline.