College of Continuing Professional Studies

About the CCPS Fine Arts Program

Prior to selecting an art major, students should consult with their advisor and the chairman of the department of art and art history. All students who decide to major in art or art history should officially elect a faculty member from the department as their formal advisor and consult with that faculty member prior to course registration each semester.

This major is for students who: (1) wish to pursue a general major in fine arts; (2) plan to complete a second major in education leading to certification to teach art at the elementary or secondary level — in which case students must consult with the school of education concerning the state requirements for the art education teaching certificate; or (3) plan to seek admittance into a graduate program in the fine arts — in which case additional Advance Studio coursework and a second major in art history or design arts are highly recommended.

Please note that ARTZ 111 is offered in the fall semester only. ARTZ 496 Apex Studio is to be taken in the spring semester of the year the student graduates. To enroll in ARTZ 496 students are required to fill out a “Permission to Register for Special Coursework” form.

The fine arts major is only available through the Springfield campus.


All prerequisites must be completed prior to enrollment in the following courses. Refer to the course descriptions of each course below for prerequisites. The fine arts major requires 3 of coursework in the following distribution:

12 hours of required courses:

ARTZ 111: Foundations of Studio and Design
ARTZ 123: Drawing
ARTZ 496*: Apex Studio

Choose one of the following:

ARTH 151: History of Art and Architecture I
ARTH 152: History of Art and Architecture II

Choose one three-dimensional course:

ARTZ 240: Ceramics I
ARTZ 250: Sculpture I

Choose one two-dimensional course:

ARTZ 230: Painting I
ARTZ 260: Photography I
ARTZ 267: Digital Photography I

Choose one course from the following:

ARTZ 330: Painting II
ARTZ 340: Ceramics II
ARTZ 350: Sculpture II
ARTZ 360: Photography II
ARTZ 367: Digital Photography II

Choose four courses from the following (only one can be an art history course): 12 hours

ARTH 350*: Modern Art
ARTH 356*: Contemporary Art
ARTH 360*: History of Photography
ARTZ 305*: Weaving II
ARTZ 306*: Fibers II
ARTZ 310*: Graphic Design II
ARTZ 323*: Figure Drawing
ARTZ 330*: Painting II
ARTZ 340*: Ceramics II
ARTZ 341*: Ceramic Mold-Making & Slip Casting
ARTZ 342*: Ceramic Hand Building
ARTZ 343*: Ceramic Wheel Throwing
ARTZ 350*: Sculpture II
ARTZ 351*: Contemporary Sculpture I
ARTZ 352*: Contemporary Sculpture II
ARTZ 360*: Photography II
ARTZ 361*: Alternative Photographic Process
ARTZ 367*: Digital Photography II
ARTZ 380*: Field Studies
ARTZ 395*: Portfolio
ARTZ 301*, 302*, 401*, 402*: Advanced Studio
ARTZ 403*: Praxis Studio

*300- and 400-level courses are only available through the Springfield campus.

Courses used as electives for one art major may not also satisfy requirements for another art major.

Students are required to complete a “Permission to Register for Special Coursework” form to enroll in Portfolio (ARTZ 395), Research (ARTH 397, 398, 497, 498) or ARTZ 496 Apex Studio.

General Education Courses

Students must take the following courses as part of general education requirements:

ENGL 207: Expository Writing
PLSC 101: Government and Politics in the U.S.

Choose one of the following:

GSTU 101: Introduction to Computers and Software
GSTU 210: Desktop Applications for PCs
GSTU 211: Desktop Applications for Macs

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