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Visual Arts

The Arts at Tyler

The visual and performing arts department at John Tyler has turned out graduates who’ve gone on to become working artists and successful transfer students. Learn more about the arts at Tyler.

Associate of Applied Arts (A.A.A.)


In addition to developing their creative abilities, students gain experiences with the tools and processes associated with various visual arts media and learn about the exhibition and marketing of artwork.

Program Requirements and Special Conditions

Students must meet JTCC admission requirements. Students must also complete placement tests (or equivalent) in English and mathematics, and scores will be used for appropriate course placement. If students have deficiencies in English and/or mathematics, JTCC offers developmental and prerequisite courses to prepare students for the curriculum. New students should see a counselor and returning students their advisor for more information.

Program Curriculum

1st Semester Credits Standard Course Options
ART 101 History and Appreciation of Art I 3  
ART 111 Introduction to the Arts I 3  
ART 121 Drawing I 3  
ART 131 Fundamentals of Design I 3  
ENG 111 College Composition I 3  
SDV 101 Orientation to Visual & Performing Arts Programs 1 SDV 100
Total Credits 16  
2nd Semester Credits Standard Course Options
ART 102 History and Appreciation of Art II 3  
ART 122 Drawing II 3  
ART 132 Fundamentals of Design II 3  
ART 133 Visual Arts Foundation 4  
ENG 112 College Composition II 3  
Health or Physical Education Elective 1  
Total Credits 17  
3rd Semester Credits Standard Course Options
General Elective 3  
Information Technology Elective 1  
Communications Studies and Theatre Elective 3  
ART Elective 3 See Note 1.
ART Elective 3 See Note 1.
Photography or Film Elective 3 See Note 6.
Total Credits 16  
4th Semester Credits Standard Course Options
ART 287 Portfolio and Resume Preparation 1  
ART Elective 3 See Note 1.
ART Elective 3 See Note 2.
General Elective 3  
Mathematics/Science Elective 3 See Note 3.
Social/Behavioral Science Elective 3 See Note 4.
Total Credits 16  
Total Credits For Program 65  

Notes and Additional Curriculum Options

  1. Acceptable art electives include the following: ART 138, ART 153, ART 154, ART 203, ART 204, ART 217, ART 218, ART 231, ART 232, ART 241, ART 242, ART 243, ART 244, ART 245, ART 246, ART 248, ART 249, ART 259. Students should consult with their academic advisor about other options.
  2. Must be a culminating experience course (2nd in a sequence or higher): ART 154, ART 204, ART 218, ART 232, ART 242, ART 244, ART 248 or ART 249. Students should consult with their academic advisor about other options.
  3. The mathematics/science elective requirement can be satisfied by courses with the following prefixes: BIO, CHM, ENV, GOL, MTH, NAS and PHY.
  4. The social/behavioral science elective can be satisfied with the following prefixes: ECO, GEO, PLS, HIS, PSY, and SOC.
  5. Part-time students should consult their faculty advisors regarding appropriate course sequences.
  6. Approved ART or CST courses may be used to satisfy the photography or film elective.  Students should consult with their faculty advisors.
  7. Transfer to Four-Year Colleges and Universities – This program is not intended for transfer. Students desiring to transfer should consult their academic advisors and their intended transfer institution for specific direction in program and course selection.  Required courses for any major at four-year institutions may vary.

For additional information on this program, please contact the Division of Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences: 804-706-5086 (Chester) or 804-594-1509 (Midlothian).

2015-2016 College Catalog & Student Handbook


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