Associate Degree in Liberal Studies – Focus in Art

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About This Program

The Liberal Studies program with a focus in Art is designed to prepare students for a career in the arts. Working in state-of-the-art studio facilities and guided by practicing professional art faculty, graduates can go on to careers in studio art, illustration, graphic design, fashion, art education, arts advocacy and curatorial work in galleries and museums. The program prepares students to transfer to a baccalaureate program upon graduation.

The foundation year is a hands-on studio program with a basis in traditional foundation courses of still life and figure drawing, two-dimensional design, three-dimensional design and art history, in addition to Liberal Arts core courses. The program helps students develop skills in a variety of art media, while gaining a balanced education through liberal studies and art history courses.

The second year focuses on studio practice in a specific media. Students enroll in a capstone course with their colleagues for group critiques, visits to museums, galleries and artist studios, presentations by guest art professionals, and the development of vital professional skills such as portfolio presentation and small business management. In the studio, art students develop a finished body of work for a group exhibition that culminates the program.

Please note: You are only eligible to receive one Associate in Arts in Liberal Studies degree. You may not receive a second or subsequent degree in Liberal Studies with a different focus.

Your Degree Courses

A mix of general education and interest-specific courses designed to prepare students to transfer to a four year institution in the major of their choice. The following courses are only a sampling of what you might take as a Liberal Studies student and are subject to change.

Program Course Sampling

General Education Requirements

  • English Composition
  • Introduction to Literature
  • Electives in the following areas:
    • Diversity
    • Economics/Political Science
    • English Communications
    • Ethical Reasoning
    • Fine Arts
    • History
    • Humanities
    • Mathematics
    • Psychology/Sociology
    • Science with Lab
Recommended Electives

  • Drawing I & II
  • Survey of Western Art History I & II
  • 2D & 3D Design
  • Portfolio Seminar
  • Studio Arts Electives

Current Major-Specific Courses Available

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Graduation Requirements

Prospective Students

If you are thinking about attending SMCC and are curious what the current program course requirements are to earn your degree, download the current SMCC Course Catalog.

Current Students

If you are a current student, your program requirements may be different than those listed for the current catalog year. To view your specific program requirements or to search and register for courses, log in to MySMCC and visit the MyDegree webpage.

Graduation Outcomes

  • Demonstrate skills as critical thinkers, readers and writers.
  • Describe the interaction of history, culture, literature, economics and science as studied within a broad liberal arts curriculum.
  • Analyze and solve quantitative problems.

Estimated Degree Completion Time


62 credit hours are required to complete this program

Please note, these estimates are based on a student taking an average of 15 credits per semester and do not include college preparatory or developmental courses.

Program Costs

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SMCC Graduates

92% of SMCC graduates gain employment or continue their education within 9 months of graduation

Transfer Agreements for Liberal Studies – Art

BA in Art and Media

University of New England

SMCC Degree Program: Liberal Studies – Art

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Fine Arts, BFA

Maine College of Art - MECA

SMCC Degree Program: Liberal Studies – Art

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Fine Arts, BFA

New Hampshire Institute of Art

SMCC Degree Program: Liberal Studies – Art

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BS in Art Education K-12

University of New England

SMCC Degree Program: Liberal Studies – Art

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