Degree Requirements

(Total Minimum Credits Required: 61)

Each candidate for an Associate in Fine Arts-Art Degree shall:

  • Select courses to complete the required 61 credits from:
    • Specific program required courses and electives totaling a minimum of 36 credit hours;
    • General education core requirements totaling a minimum of 25 credit hours.
  • Earn no more than 6 credits in History in the Humanities and Fine Arts and Social and Behavioral Sciences categories combined for general education credit.
  • Earn no credit with a satisfactory/fail grade option.
  • Earn no more than 42 credits for the Communication, Physical and Life Sciences, Mathematics, Humanities and Fine Arts, and Social and Behavioral Sciences categories by demonstrated competence through the Advanced Placement (AP) Program, designated course-specific subject examinations of the College Level Examination Program (CLEP), and the College of DuPage Proficiency Through an Instructor Program. 

Program Required courses - 36 credit hours

Art History Core Courses - 9 credits

ART 2211Art Histories Before 1400 CE3
ART 2212Art Histories 1400 to 19503
ART 2213Art Histories Since 19503
Total Credits9

Art History Elective - 3 credits
Choose from the following courses, or any additional approved art history elective at the 2000 level.

Non-Western Art
History of Adornment
Introduction to Philosophy of Art
Art and Nature
Seeing Animals
Selected Topics in Art
Advanced Selected Topics I
Film/Video Aesthetics
Film History
History of Photography
Total Credits3

Art Studio Core Courses - 12 credits
Complete the Art Studio Core courses before enrolling in Art Studio Elective courses.

ART 1101Drawing I3
ART 1151Two-Dimensional Foundations Studio3
ART 1152Three-Dimensional Foundations Studio3
ART 2201Life Drawing I3
Total Credits12

Art Studio Electives - 12 to 15 credits
Select at least 4 of the following elective courses, or any additional approved art studio elective at the 2000 level, with at least 1 from 3D Electives and 1 from 4D/Digital Media Electives.

3D Electives
Sculpture I
Sculpture II
Ceramics I
Ceramics II
Ceramics Wood, Raku, & Pit Firings
Jewelry/Metalsmithing I
Jewelry/Metalsmithing II
4D/Digital Media Electives
Digital Art I
Digital Art II
Time Based Media I
Time Based Media II
Graphic Design 1
Introduction to Motion Picture and Television
Introduction to Animation
Foundations of Digital Photography
2D/Other Electives
Drawing II
Introduction to Print Media I
Special Project
Selected Topics in Art (Studio)
Color Theory
Life Drawing II
Painting I
Painting II
Intaglio Printmaking
Portfolio Development and Professional Practices for Artists
Special Project
Fundamentals of Photography
Foundations of Film Photography
Total Credits12-15

General Education Courses - 25 credit hours

Communication - 9 credits
ENGLI 1101English Composition I3
ENGLI 1102English Composition II3
SPEEC 1100Fundamentals of Speech Communication3
Total Credits9
Physical and Life Sciences - 4 to 10 credits
Select at least one course from Life Sciences or Physical Sciences with a laboratory component. Students with sufficient preparation may select from IAI science majors courses. Check with A minimum of 4 credits must be selected from the following list:
Life Sciences
Survey of Biology (L1 900L)
Environmental Biology (L1 905L)
Introduction to Genetics (L1 906,No Lab)
Fundamentals of Biotechnology (L1 906L)
Principles of Biological Science (L1 910L)
Physical Sciences
Contemporary Chemistry (P1 903L)
CHEMI 1137
(P1 903L)
Intro to Forensic Science & Chemistry (P1 903L)
Survey of General Chemistry (P1 902L)
Principles of Chemistry I (P1 902L)
Earth Science
Physical Geology of Earth's Interior (P1 907L)
Physical Geology of Earth's Surface (P1 907L)
Environmental Geology (P1 908L)
Introduction to Meteorology (P1 905L)
Climate and Global Change (P1 905,No Lab)
Severe and Unusual Weather (P1 905L)
Weather Impacts and Preparedness (P1 905,No Lab)
Introduction to Astronomy (P1 906,No Lab)
Astronomy: The Solar System (P1 906L)
Astronomy: Stars and Galaxies (P1 906L)
Observational Astronomy (P1 906L)
Introduction to Oceanography (P1 905L)
Fundamentals of Oceanography
Water Science-Fundamentals of Hydrology
Fundamentals of Earth Science (P1 905L)
Introduction to Earth Science
Physics (P1 900L)
Energy and Society (P1 901,No Lab)
Physics in the Modern Era: Quarks to Cosmos (P1 900,No Lab)
General Physics I (P1 900L)
Physics for Science and Engineering I (P2 900L)
Total Credits4-10
Mathematics - 3 to 5 credits
General Education Mathematics (M1 904)
Quantitative Literacy (M1 901)
Mathematics for Elementary School Teachers II (M1 903)
Finite Mathematics (M1 906)
Statistics (M1 902)
Statistics/Social & Behavioral Sciences
Statistics for the Social and Behavioral Sciences
Survey of Calculus (M1 900-O)
Discrete Mathematics (M1 905)
Calculus for Business and Social Science (M1 900-B)
Calculus and Analytic Geometry I (M1 900-1)
Calculus and Analytic Geometry II (M1 900-2)
Calculus and Analytic Geometry III (M1 900-3)
Total Credits3-5
Humanities and Fine Arts - 6 credits
Intermediate Chinese II (H1 900)
Introduction to Literature (H3 900)
Short Fiction (H3 901)
Novel (H3 901)
Poetry (H3 903)
Drama (H3 902)
Film As Literature (HF 908)
Children's Literature (H3 918)
Bible As Literature (H5 901)
Greek Mythology (H9 901)
Multicultural Literatures of the U.S. (H3 910D)
Literature, Gender, and Sexualities (H3 911D)
British Literature to 1800 (H3 912)
British Literature From 1800 Through The Present (H3 913)
American Literature From the Colonial Period to the Civil War (H3 914)
American Literature From the Civil War to the Present (H3 915)
World Literature (H3 907)
Modern European Literature (H3 907)
Shakespeare (H3 905)
Non-Western Literature (H3 908N)
Intermediate French II (H1 900)
Conversation and Composition I (H1 900)
Conversation and Composition II (H1 900)
Intermediate German II (H1 900)
Conversation and Composition I (H1 900)
Conversation and Composition II (H1 900)
Foundations of the European World (H2 901)
Europe in the Modern World (H2 902)
World Civilization Since 1300 (H2 907)
History of Asia (H2 903N)
History and Culture of China (H2 903N)
History and Culture of Russia (H2 908)
History and Culture of Japan (H2 908)
20th Century World History (H2 903N)
History and Culture of England (H2 908)
Introduction to Humanities: Ideas and Values (H9 900)
Introduction to World Mythology (H9 901)
Women in Arts: Cultural and Artistic Expressions of Gender (HF 907D)
Humanities Beyond the U.S. & Europe (HF 904N)
The Arts and Cultural Diversity (HF 906D)
Introduction to Medical Humanities (H9 900)
Intersections of Humanities, Math, And Science (H9 900)
Intermediate Italian II (H1 900)
Intermediate Japanese II (H1 900)
Intermediate Korean II (H1 900)
Motion Picture/Television
Film As Literature (HF 908)
Introduction to Philosophy (H4 900)
Ethics (H4 904)
Environmental Ethics (H4 904)
Logic (H4 906)
Critical Thinking (H4 906)
World Religions (H5 904N)
Ancient Philosophy (H4 901)
Early Modern Philosophy (H4 902)
Philosophy of Religion (H4 905)
Asian Thought (H4 903N)
Religious Studies
Introduction to Religion (H5 900)
Introduction to the Bible: Old Testament (H5 901)
Introduction to the Bible: New Testament (H5 901)
World Religions (H5 904N)
Asian Thought (H4 903N)
Judaism, Christianity and Islam (H5 901)
Intermediate Russian II (H1 900)
Intermediate Spanish II (H1 900)
Spanish for Heritage Speakers I (H1 900)
Spanish for Heritage Speakers II (H1 900)
Conversation and Composition I (H1 900)
Conversation and Composition II (H1 900)
Fine Arts
Art Histories Since 1950 (F2 902)
Social and Behavioral Sciences - 3 to 6 credits 
Introduction to Anthropology (S1 900N)
Cultural Anthropology (S1 901N)
Practical Anthropology (S1 904D)
People and Cultures of the World (S1 904D)
Discovering Archaeology (S1 903)
Race, Sex and Human Evolution (S1 902)
Principles of Economics (S3 900)
Macroeconomics and the Global Economy (S3 901)
Microeconomics and the Global Economy (S3 902)
Western World Geography (S4 901)
Eastern World Geography (S4 902N)
Economic Geography (S4 903N)
Cultural Geography (S4 900N)
History of the United States to 1865 (S2 900)
History of the United States Since 1865 (S2 901)
History and Culture of Africa (S2 907N)
History and Culture of South Asia (S2 916N)
African-American History (S2 923D)
United States History Since 1945 (S2 901)
Political Science
Introduction to Political Science (S5 903)
American Politics (S5 900)
State and Local Politics (S5 902)
Comparative Politics (S5 905)
World Politics (S5 904N)
General Psychology (S6 900)
Developmental Psychology: Childhood and Adolescence (S6 903)
Developmental Psychology: Adolescence (S6 904)
Developmental Psychology: Adulthood (S6 905)
Developmental Psychology: The Life Span (S6 902)
Social Psychology (S8 900)
Introduction to Sociology (S7 900)
Sociology of Sex, Gender and Power (S7 904D)
Social Problems (S7 901)
Race and Racism in America (S7 903D)
Sexual Relationships, Marriage & Family (S7 902)