Gainful Employment

Purpose: The program of Fine Arts at Germanna Community College is designed to develop the basic knowledge and skills leading to a career in the arts, while also serving the needs of individuals seeking personal enrichment of creative abilities. Coursework includes a thorough exploration of two dimensional concepts, mediums, tools and applications necessary to the creation of quality artwork. The study of historical and contemporary art issues and theory equips the student with the ability to communicate effectively in the language of art and to investigate meaningful concepts of self-expression. Upon completion of the program, graduates will have prepared an artist’s statement, resume and a portfolio of visuals beneficial for presentation to potential employers, bachelorette programs, gallery representation or other professional art opportunities.

Occupational Objectives: Employment opportunities include positions in museum or gallery settings, studio assistantship or other entry-level careers that require a creative mind. Other possible career paths that may require further education or experience include: Product designer (a wide spectrum from fabric patterns to jewelry making), fashion designer, art historian, interior decorator, set and prop designer, medical illustrator, arts writer or critic, book or publication illustrator, art therapist, museum administrator, furniture designer, photographer, videographer, art educator, or studio artist.

Admission Requirements: In addition to the general requirements for admission to the College, all entering students will be required to take placement tests in math, writing, and reading to aid in placing students in the appropriate courses. Students who do not meet required placement levels must enroll in developmental studies courses.

Program Requirements: The curriculum includes courses in studio art and art history, general education and electives. Instruction includes both theoretical concepts and practical applications required for future success in art-related occupations. The student is urged to consult with a faculty advisor in selecting electives. The final course, Portfolio and Resume Preparation (ART 287), requires students to develop and submit a portfolio of their art work for approval by the instructor(s), and suitable for presentation.

Fine Arts Curriculum:

Degree Requirements   Credits
ENG 111-112 College Composition I-II 6
ART 101-102 History and Appreciation of Art I-II 6
ART 106 History of Modern Art 3
ART 121-122 Drawing I-II 8
ART 131 Fundamentals of Design I 4
ART 287 Portfolio and Resume Preparation 1
Elective Any one ART studio course 4
Total Minimum Credits   32

Students graduating from this program must demonstrate proficiency in specific computer competencies by passing ITE 115 (transfer elective) or an equivalent competency test. Students are encouraged not to wait until the final semester to complete this requirement.

Suggested Scheduling

First Year: Fall

Course Credits
ENG 111 3
ART 101 3
ART 106 3
ART 121 4
ART 131 4
Total Credits 15

First Year: Spring

Course Credits
ENG 112 3
ART 102 3
ART 122 4
ART Elective 4
Total Credits 14

Second Year: Fall

Course Credits
ART 287 1
Total Credits 1