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Academic Programs

Art - Associate in Arts (601)

Illinois colleges and universities offer two different bachelor's degrees in Art: the professional Bachelor of Fine Arts (B.F.A) degree and the Bachelor of Arts (B.A.) degree with a major in Art. In general, because the B.F.A. degree prepares students for graduate school, it requires 70 or more semester credits in Art, while the B.A. degree (major in Art) requires about 40 to 50 semester credits in Art. At some schools, a B.A. degree requires competency in a foreign language, while the B.F.A. degree does not.

To transfer as a junior into either a B.F.A. program or B.A. program with a major in Art, students should select one of the options following consultation with the Art department. Most schools require a portfolio review for admission to a B.F.A. program, for registration in a second studio course in a medium and/or for scholarship consideration.

The AA and AFA represent two different tracks in Studio Art Education. The AA should be pursued by those students ultimately seeking a liberal arts baccalaureate degree (typically a BA) in the Studio Arts. The AFA should be pursued by those students ultimately seeking a professional baccalaureate degree (typically a BFA) in the Studio Arts. The AA completes the General Education component prior to transfer while the AFA completes more professional coursework and fulfills the General Education requirements over the span of a four-year degree as do students who start their college at the four-year college or university.

Transfer students should seek advising from their community college art faculty member and academic advisor in their first semester of study. Students who have already chosen the university to which they plan to transfer should consult that institution's catalog or department advisor and an SVCC academic advisor in planning their program.

This program includes the basic courses university art departments require their freshmen and sophomores to take as well as foundation courses in various areas of specialization.
ART - IAI Recommended Baccalaureate Curriculum

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Program Contacts at Sauk Valley Community College

  • Academic Advising, 815-835-6354
  • Glenn Bodish, Associate Professor 815-835-6250

Total Hours Required - 65 Hours

Suggested Program

First Semester - 16 Hours

  • Mathematics 3 Semester hour(s)
  • ART101 - 2-D Design Foundations ( 3 Semester Hours)

    An introduction to two-dimensional design through the analysis of visual principles as they apply to design problems. Design problem-solving in the studio and on the computer will be accompanied by lectures, demonstrations, and critiques. This is a foundation course for commercial, architectural, and fine arts students. An introduction to color theory is included. 3 Semester hour(s) Lecture/Lab Hours: 6 lab/week Illinois Articulation Initiative (IAI): ART 907

  • ART113 - Basic Drawing I ( 3 Semester Hours)

    In this beginning drawing course, the student will learn how to hone their perceptual skills and explore a variety of art making materials, tools and techniques. Students will apply the elements and principles of design and create visually and conceptually charged drawings. The main practice will be to replicate a three dimensional illusion on a two dimensional surface. Once the student achieves a level of understanding of the realistic style of drawing they will explore the technical, creative, imaginative and expressive realms of drawing. Students will apply drawing and design theories and produce finished artworks ready for exhibition. 3 Semester hour(s) Lecture/Lab Hours: 6 lab/week Illinois Articulation Initiative (IAI): ART 904

  • ART120 - Prehistoric thru Medieval Art ( 3 Semester Hours)

    The historical development of the visual arts (painting, drawing, printmaking, sculpture and architecture) in Western society, focusing on major artistic styles and movements. Examines works of art as expressions of the ideas and beliefs of artists within their cultural and social contexts. Slide lectures stressing the major periods and styles of prehistoric, ancient civilized cultures through Medieval Art. This course is one of a three-part series of courses (ART 120, 121, 122) intended to fulfill the art history requirements for the art major, but is also a general education fine arts course. 3 Semester hour(s) Illinois Articulation Initiative (IAI): F2 901 Lecture/Lab Hours 3 lec/week

  • ENG101 - Composition I ( 3 Semester Hours)

    This course (1) develops awareness of the writing process; (2) provides inventional, organizational, and editorial strategies; (3) stresses the variety of uses for writing; and (4) emphasizes critical skills in reading, thinking, and writing. Prerequisite: Required placement score on approved English placement test, high school unweighted GPA of 3.0 or higher, or a grade of C or higher in ELA 099. 3 Semester hour(s) Illinois Articulation Initiative (IAI): C1 900 Lecture/Lab Hours: 3 lec/week

  • FYE101 - First Year Experience ( 1 Semester Hours)

    The focus of this course is how to be successful in college. Study skills, goal setting, academic planning, time and money management, and information research skills are among the core topics included in this course. Within a supportive environment, students will share their college experiences and develop connections with fellow students and SVCC staff. 1 Semester hour(s) Lecture/Lab Hours: 1 lec/week

Second Semester - 15 Hours

  • PSY103 - Introduction to Psychology ( 3 Semester Hours)

    This course is designed to introduce the student to major concepts, theories, principles, and research in the field of psychology. This course will survey the scientific study of human and animal characteristics and behavior. Major topics from biological, behavioral, cognitive, personality, developmental, abnormal, and social psychology theory and research will be emphasized. Universal characteristics and individual differences will be explored 3 Semester hour(s) Illinois Articulation Initiative (IAI): S6 900 Lecture/Lab Hours: 3 lec/week

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    SOC111 - Introduction to Sociology ( 3 Semester Hours)

    Students will be introduced to the perspective, concepts and methods of sociology. Emphasis will be given to how the groups that make up our society function. The forces that hold groups together or cause them to change will be explored while the students examine how they learn to play roles within the family, school, religion, peer groups and in other social settings. 3 Semester hour(s) Illinois Articulation Initiative (IAI): S7 900 Lecture/Lab Hours: 3 lec/week

       
    • ART102 - 3-D Design Foundations ( 3 Semester Hours)

      In this 3-D Foundations design course the student will learn how to hone their perceptual skills and sculptural design techniques, apply the elements and principles of design and create visually and conceptually charged works of art. The study of form and structure in three-dimensions including additive, subtractive, replacement, linear and contemporary forms of sculptural design will be accompanied by lectures, demonstrations, and critiques. Prerequisite: None 3 Semester hour(s) Lecture/Lab Hours: 6 lab/week Illinois Articulation Initiative (IAI): ART 908

    • ART114 - Basic Drawing II ( 3 Semester Hours)

      An investigation of drawing through the use of color, with an emphasis on observational representation and thematic development through descriptive and expressive means. Topics to be covered include gesture, line, value, perspective, texture, composition, color theory and conceptual exploration. Class sessions will be accompanied by lectures, demonstrations, and critiques. Prerequisite: ART 113 or consent of instructor 3 Semester hour(s) Lecture/Lab Hours: 6 lab/week

    • ART121 - Renaissance thru Romantic Art ( 3 Semester Hours)

      This is a continuation of Prehistoric through Medieval Art. The historical development of the visual arts (painting, drawing, printmaking, sculpture and architecture in Western society, focusing on major artistic styles and movements. Examines works of art as expressions of the ideas and beliefs of artists within their cultural and social contexts. Slide lectures covering the major movements from Renaissance through Romanticism. This course is a one of a three part series of courses (ART 120, 121, 122) intended to fulfill the art history requirements for the art major, but is also a general education fine arts course. Only one course ART 121 or ART 122) can be used for general education credit. 3 Semester hour(s) Illinois Articulation Initiative (IAI): F2 902 Lecture/Lab Hours 3 lec/week

    • ENG103 - Composition II ( 3 Semester Hours)

      An advanced course in essay writing with emphasis on formal research, ENG 103 serves to develop a proficiency in the collection and selection of data as applied to the completion of a formal research paper. In addition, students receive instruction in logic and reasoning, including the fundamentals of argumentative and persuasive writing. Prerequisite: A grade of C or higher in ENG 101 or its equivalent or consent of instructor. 3 Semester hour(s) Illinois Articulation Initiative (IAI): C1 901R Lecture/Lab Hours: 3 lec/week

    Third Semester - 18-19 Hours

    • *Life Science 3-4 Semester hour(s)
    • Social/Behavioral Science 3 Semester hour(s)
    • Humanities 6 Semester hour(s)
    • **ART Elective 3 Semester hour(s)
    • ART122 - Modern Art ( 3 Semester Hours)

      This is a continuation of Renaissance through Romantic Art. The historical development of the visual arts (painting, drawing, printmaking, sculpture and architecture in Western society, focusing on major artistic styles and movements. Examines works of art as expressions of the ideas and beliefs of artists within their cultural and social contexts. Slide lectures covering the major movements in Modern societies from Realism through worldwide Contemporary Art. This course is a one of a three part series of courses (ART 120, 121, 122) intended to fulfill the art history requirements for the art major, but is also a general education fine arts course. Only one course (ART 121 or ART 122) can be used for general education credit. 3 Semester hour(s) Illinois Articulation Initiative (IAI): F2 902 Lecture/Lab Hours 3 lec/week

    Fourth Semester - 15-16 Hours

    • Social/Behavioral Science 3 Semester hour(s)
    • *Physical Science 3-4 Semester hour(s)
    • **ART Elective 3 Semester hour(s)
    • ART213 - Life Drawing I ( 3 Semester Hours)

      In this life drawing course the student will learn how to hone their perceptual skills and art making technique. They will apply the elements and principles of design and create visually and conceptually charged drawings. The main practice will be to replicate a three dimensional illusion on a two dimensional surface, specifically the study of human anatomy, proportion, movement and drawing from life. Once the student achieves a level of understanding of the realistic style of drawing students will explore the technical, creative, imaginative and expressive realms of drawing. Students will apply drawing and design theories, explore a myriad of materials and techniques and produce finished artworks ready for exhibition. Prerequisite: ART 101 or ART 113 or consent of instructor. 3 Semester hour(s) Lecture/Lab Hours: 6 lab/week

    • COM131 - Intro to Oral Communication ( 3 Semester Hours)

      This course combines communication theory with the practice of oral communication skills. This course: (1) develops awareness of the communication process; (2) provides inventional, organizational, and expressive strategies; (3) promotes understanding of and adaptation to a variety of communication contexts; and (4) emphasizes critical skills in listening, reading, thinking, and speaking. 3 Semester hour(s) Illinois Articulation Initiative (IAI): C2 900 Lecture/Lab Hours: 3 lec/week

    Footnotes

    • *One lab science required.
    • **Art elective courses may be chosen from various media in consultation with an academic advisor or art department faculty.