The visual arts program begins with a thorough foundation in drawing, design, and historical survey with additional study available in a variety of media.

An integral part of the curriculum is involvement with the Weeks Gallery at JCC. Students are encouraged to participate in gallery operations and events and to utilize the gallery's permanent collection which includes over 300 works on the Jamestown and Cattaraugus County campuses. Travel to other galleries and art centers in western New York and beyond is also important.

Students wishing to take art courses for enjoyment rather than preparing for a career in art are also encouraged to enroll in JCC’s fine arts curriculum.


Minimum program credit hours: 60

Program Codes
Degree Option
Associate in Science Degree
Hegis Code
Curriculum Code
General Requirements
27 credit hours Degree Requirements Met
ENG 1530: English Composition II3 BCOM H CENG
ENG 1540: Writing About Literature3 HUMA H CWRT, VEDP
Humanities Electives (except visual arts)3 H
Social Sciences Electives

Up to 3 credits may need to be SUNY General Education-category specific.

9 (X) S (SR)
Mathematics Electives (college level)

3 credits must be SUNY General Education-category specific.

Mathematics and Sciences Electives

Up to 3 credits may need to be SUNY General Education-category specific.

6 (X) N (SR)
Core Requirements
30 credit hours Degree Requirements Met
ART 1500: Introduction to Art3 ARTS H
ART 1510: Drawing I3 ARTS
ART 1520: Drawing II3 ARTS
ART 1530: 2-D Design & Color3 ARTS H
ART 1540: 3-D Design, Concepts, Materials3 ARTS H
ART 1550: Survey of Visual Art: Prehistoric through Medieval3 OCIV H
ART 1560: Survey of Visual Art: Renaissance through Contemporary3 OCIV H VEDP
ART 1730: Introduction to Computer Art & Design3 ARTS H
ART 1570: Basic Black and White Photography3
ART 1590: Ceramics I3
ART 1600: Creative Ceramics1
ART 1610: Studio Problems - Ceramics3
ART 1611: Studio Problems - Computer Graphics3
ART 1612: Studio Problems - Painting3
ART 1613: Studio Problems - Photography3
ART 1620: Studio Problems - Ceramics3
ART 1621: Studio Problems - Computer Graphics3
ART 1622: Studio Problems - Painting3
ART 1623: Studio Problems - Photography3
ART 1740: Graphic Design, Layout, and Publishing Basics3
ART 1750: Graphic Design Applications3
ART 2510: Painting I3
ART 2520: Painting II3
ART 2570: Intermediate Black and White Photography3
ART 2600: Ceramics II3
ART 2610: Studio Problems - Ceramics3
ART 2611: Studio Problems - Computer Graphics3
ART 2612: Studio Problems - Painting3
ART 2613: Studio Problems - Photography3
ART 2620: Studio Problems - Ceramics3
ART 2621: Studio Problems - Computer Graphics3
ART 2622: Studio Problems - Painting3
ART 2623: Studio Problems - Photography3
ART 2730: Web Design and Animation3
ART 2750: Portfolio Seminar2
3 credit hours Degree Requirements Met
Important Points
  • Students should consult with their advisor in their choice of program electives to better prepare for transfer or employment.
  • The importance of developing a good portfolio of visual art experiences cannot be overstated. Almost all career opportunities will be based on the quality of your portfolio. Students must learn the due date for application and portfolio review from transfer institutions.
Program Student Learning Outcomes

Upon completion of the program, students will be able to:

  1. Demonstrate understanding of at least one principal form of artistic expression and the creative process inherent therein.
  2. Employ methods of visual analysis necessary for critical judgments about ones creative processes and decisions.
  3. Integrate critical methods of describing, analyzing, and judging visual experiences that are used in making oral and written interpretations of visual art.

Transfer Agreements

Our courses and programs are designed to give you a strong foundation in your area of study. But we know that for many of you, your time at JCC is just the first step in your educational journey. And when it's time for you to take your next step, that strong foundation, coupled with the wide variety of transfer agreements we maintain with several top colleges and universities, will help make your transfer process as smooth as possible. Learn More
It is important when planning your transfer to talk with your advisor about the specifics of each four-year college or university. 

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Debra EckAdjunct Instructor, Studio Arts ARSC, Jamestown Campus Contact | Full Profile ▸