How do I get an Associate's Degree in Art?

Nicole Madison
Nicole Madison
Nicole Madison
Nicole Madison
A mortarboard and diploma for an associate's degree in art.
A mortarboard and diploma for an associate's degree in art.

In order to pursue an associate’s degree in art, you will usually have to gain admittance to a community college or a traditional university that also offers associate’s degrees. You can typically earn an associate's degree in art after studying full time for about two years. If you choose to go to college part time instead, you may need three years or more to earn an associate's degree. In most cases, an art associate’s degree program will include a core of courses related to your major, such as drawing, painting, 2- and 3-D design, art history, and digital art. You will likely have to take a selection of liberal arts courses and have an opportunity to enroll in electives as well.

Those pursuing associate degrees in art often study the works of popular illustrators, such as Norman Rockwell.
Those pursuing associate degrees in art often study the works of popular illustrators, such as Norman Rockwell.

You may choose to attend a community college to pursue an associate's degree in art. Often, these colleges only require you to be of legal adult age and have a high school or equivalency diploma to gain admittance. Some may even allow you to enroll as a high school student through a dual-admission program. A traditional four-year college, on the other hand, may offer some associate's degree programs but will usually have more rigorous admissions requirements than a community college and consider your grades from high school as well as the results of standardized test scores. Often, community colleges offer easier admissions processes, and they typically provide more of a selection of associate's degree programs.

Students pursuing an associate's degree in art will take courses pertaining to art history.
Students pursuing an associate's degree in art will take courses pertaining to art history.

The classes you will enroll in as you pursue an associate’s degree in art may depend on where you choose to enroll and the type of art degree you seek. If you choose to pursue a fine art degree, for example, you will typically take a range of drawing and painting classes. You may also take courses in 2-D and 3-D theory and principles. Some art degree programs may also include digital art, art history, and elective classes. Additionally, most associate’s degree programs include basic requirements in such subjects as composition, math, science, and non-art-related history.

You may choose to focus on drawing, painting, illustration, or sculpture as you pursue an associate's degree in art. You may even choose to make photography, ceramics, or print work your focus. The number of credits you will need to earn an associate’s degree in art depends on the college you choose and the particular art program you decide to pursue. Many colleges, however, require students to earn between 64 and 70 credits to obtain this type of degree.

Nicole Madison
Nicole Madison

Nicole’s thirst for knowledge inspired her to become a wiseGEEK writer, and she focuses primarily on topics such as homeschooling, parenting, health, science, and business. When not writing or spending time with her four children, Nicole enjoys reading, camping, and going to the beach.

Nicole Madison
Nicole Madison

Nicole’s thirst for knowledge inspired her to become a wiseGEEK writer, and she focuses primarily on topics such as homeschooling, parenting, health, science, and business. When not writing or spending time with her four children, Nicole enjoys reading, camping, and going to the beach.

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    • A mortarboard and diploma for an associate's degree in art.
      A mortarboard and diploma for an associate's degree in art.
    • Those pursuing associate degrees in art often study the works of popular illustrators, such as Norman Rockwell.
      Those pursuing associate degrees in art often study the works of popular illustrators, such as Norman Rockwell.
    • Students pursuing an associate's degree in art will take courses pertaining to art history.
      Students pursuing an associate's degree in art will take courses pertaining to art history.