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Fine Arts

Fine Arts

The Fine Arts Degree program at MCC exists to invite people to explore the potential of a creative life. Students enrolled in the program will receive the mentorship, vocabulary, and skills necessary to succeed within the creative economy and its countless configurations, contexts, and careers.

Many art students are interested in enrolling within bachelors-level degree programs offered by other colleges and universities. The Fine Arts Degree program has been carefully planned and designed to provide students the essential skills and knowledge they would accrue while enrolled within the first two years at other arts institutions. Diligent Fine Arts students at MCC will not only transfer easily into advanced degree programs, they will succeed with distinction having been armed with a strong foundation in the arts.

Perhaps the most subversive benefit of the Fine Arts Degree program is in its focus on creative practice. There is a lot of ambiguity and bias both outside and within the Art community. It is the belief of the Fine Arts program and its faculty that students are best equipped to deal with this ambiguity when they focus on tending the varied elements of a creative practice – problem setting, tangential research, play, articulation, and exhibition. We believe that students who champion these tenets of a creative practice will be best prepared to offer considerable contributions to their industries, cultures, and contexts.

Program Goal

Whether it be in transferring to a four-year college, or building a studio-based career upon graduation, the Fine Arts Degree program offers students the skills, techniques, and vocabulary that are essential for aspiring artists to succeed in their pursuits. Students who complete this program will be equipped with a portfolio that will demonstrate their rigorous engagement with artistic mediums and creative problems.

Program Outcomes

Students who graduate from this program will be able to:

  • Apply the skills, tools, and vocabulary of their chosen discipline in order to create work that exhibits developing technical ability, substance, and artistic distinction.
  • Articulate ideas, formulate arguments, question assumptions, and demonstrate the ability to evaluate and interpret information through both written and visual mediums.
  • Collaborate with peers and professionals in the arts, thereby broadening their body of knowledge while developing a personal identity as an artist.
  • Demonstrate a developing awareness of global, historical, cultural, philosophical, and contemporary contexts, as well as the relationship between the artist and their community.

Admission Requirements

In addition to college-wide admission requirements, applicants must have:

  • A grade of "C" or better in high school level algebra, English, reading and writing.

Transfer Credit Policy

Appropriate transfer credits for courses within the major may be accepted within a 10-year time frame. The Department Chair, on an individual basis, will evaluate transfer cases more than 10 years old.

Employment Opportunities

Graduates of the Fine Arts program will be prepared to transfer to fine art and painting programs at other four-year colleges and universities. They will also be equipped to maintain their own private studio practices, the output of which may be exhibited in galleries, bought in private sale or commission, or used upon application to kick-start a commercial freelance career.

Transfer Opportunities

oStudents who graduate from MCC’s Fine Arts program will have an opportunity to transfer to several four-year colleges including: University of New Hampshire, New Hampshire Institute of Art, Keene State College, Plymouth State University, Colby-Sawyer College, New England College, Massachusetts College of Art, Maine College of Art, Franklin Pierce University, Endicott College, Lesley University and UMass Lowell.

Fine Arts Degree

Degree Program - First Year

First Year Fall Semester TH LAB CR
ARTS105M Introduction to Creative Practice 3 0 3
ARTS120M Digital Photography 2 3 3
ARTS123M Drawing I 2 3 3
ENGL110XM or
College Composition I with Corequisite or
College Composition I
4 0 4
FYE100M MCC Essentials 1 0 1
  Mathematics Elective 3 0 3
  Total 15 6 17
First Year Spring Semester TH LAB CR
ARTS107M Digital Tools for the Artist 2 3 3
ARTS117M Art History I 3 0 3
ARTS210M Painting I 2 3 3
  Fine Arts Elective 2 3 3
  English Elective 3 0 3
  Total 12 9 15

Degree Program - Second Year

Second Year Fall Semester TH LAB CR
ARTS217M Art History II 3 0 3
ARTS223M Drawing II 2 2 3
  Fine Arts Elective 2 3 3
  Mathematics Elective 3 0 3
  Lab Science Elective 3 3 4
  Total 13 9 16
Second Year Spring Semester TH LAB CR
ARTS207M Professional Practice for Fine Arts and Illustration 3 0 3
ARTS212M Painting II 2 3 3
ARTS226M Portfolio Prep for Fine Arts 2 3 3
  Fine Arts Elective 2 3 3
  Lab Science Elective 3 3 4
  Total 12 12 16
Total Credits - 64

Illustration Pathway

MCC now offers an option for students wishing to explore the discipline of illustration. The suite of courses designed within this pathway equip students with the skills essential for visual storytelling, world building, character design, and more. The pathway prepares students to take on commercial projects, while also giving them the education needed to successfully transfer to other bachelors-level illustration degree programs.

Students in the Illustration Pathway must take the following courses instead of the Fine Arts Elective options within the Fine Arts Degree Program:

Degree Program - Illustration Pathway

First Year Spring Semester TH LAB CR
ARTS100M Introduction to Illustration 2 3 3
Second Year Fall Semester TH LAB CR
  Pathway Elective - Choose one: (ARTS205M, ARTS208M) 2 3 3
Second Year Spring Semester TH LAB CR
ARTS216M Illustration Avenues 2 3 3