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Associate Degree: Art Focus

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, art education, art therapy, 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.

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.

What opportunities does this program provide?

SMCC graduates in this program have gone on to work as:

  • Animator
  • Art Director
  • Art Gallery Manager
  • Art Program Coordinator
  • Art Teacher
  • Content Marketing Specialist
  • Graphic Designer
  • Illustrator
  • Interior Designer
  • Photographer
  • Production Artist
  • Theatre Manager

Continue Your Education

Available transfer agreements for this program include:

Estimated Full-Time Degree Completion Time


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.

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Costs & Financial Aid

This degree program may have specific associated costs which are important to know before attending. We encourage you to apply for financial aid which provides funds in the form of grants and scholarship (free), loans (need to repay) and student employment (earned money.)

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Department Chair: Virginia Rose, 207-741-5537 or

A three-credit class averages


Full-time tuition & fees


*Additional program costs may apply.


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