May 31, 2023
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Created by Pierce faculty, this map outlines the initial coursework for this career field and for transfer to a four-year institution. It provides you a clear path to complete your degree by listing a specific set of courses relevant to your program and career. The map is designed with the appropriate number of credits and meets degree requirements. Courses are organized in a recommended sequence; please schedule accordingly. If a course is unavailable, select the next appropriate course within the sequence. If you want to change a course on this map you must speak with an advisor to assure you meet all degree requirements. For each course, a purpose statement explains how the content relates to your career field. On this map, there may be instances when you will be required to select a course from several options. Use these purpose statements and notes to choose the course that best aligns with your interests and needs. You will also find action items to complete to assure you progress and graduate on time. While this map is a great guide to courses required to complete an Associate in Arts - Direct Transfer Agreement (AA-DTA) Degree Requirements Degree, you are responsible for fulfilling all degree requirements. Questions? Your Success Network is ready to help you!
Important note about transfer: colleges and universities may change their requirements at any time, so this map is not a guarantee of transfer. You will need to check transfer requirements with your intended four-year school.
1. College Success
- COLLG 110 College Success (3 credits)
Course purpose: A foundational course to explore and affirm a career choice and build upon the skills, knowledge, and resources that will support you at Pierce College and beyond.
Note: The College Success course you select will depend on the Career Pathway Map you are following. Your advisor will assist you in selecting either the 3- or 5- credit version of the course. Should you choose to repeat a College Success course you must enroll in a College Success course with the same credit amount as the original course; a COLLG 110 course grade can only be replaced with a grade from another COLLG 110 course and a COLLG 115 course grade can only be replaced with a grade from another COLLG 115 course.
2. English Composition I
- ENGL& 101 English Composition I (5 credits)
Course purpose: Artists need to communicate in a variety of ways, including in writing. Clear and strategic communication with others is a central feature of all careers in the arts. The skills learned in ENGL 101 are foundational for later course work and beyond.
Note: Your advisor will assist you in reviewing your Guided Self Placement and selecting either the 5-credit or the 7-credit co-requisite ENGL& 101 + ENGLC 101 course.
Action Item: Meet with Advisor
Use your Success Network! In your first quarter, meet with your advisor to revisit your career and transfer path, make adjustments to your goals as needed, and plan for your next steps.
5. Math Course Recommendations
The math course you select will depend on the transfer institution you plan to attend and your math placement. Your advisor will assist you in selecting the appropriate course(s).
Mathematics Course Distribution List
Action Item: GPA Check
GPA check at the completion of 20/25 credits. Attend a transfer fair and choose a transfer institution so that you can take the correct prerequisites. If attending UW-Seattle, there is a 3 quarter of the same language requirement for admissions/graduation.
7. Social Science Course Recommendation
- ANTH& 204 Archaeology (5 credits)
Course purpose: When selecting Social Sciences courses, we recommend courses that touch on the importance of “history” and “humans” as these have direct relations to Art History. Archaelogy also involves hands-on type projects related to excavation.
- ANTH& 206 Cultural Anthropology (5 credits)
Course purpose: When selecting Social Sciences courses, we recommend courses that touch on the importance of “history” and “humans” as these have direct relations to Art History. Understanding the role of art in culture is valuable for educators and creators of art.
Action Item: Career Options
Meet with an art instructor to discuss career options and “Art Pathways” with your advisor. Do you intend to be an Educator? A Studio Artist? An Art Historian? Answering similar questions will help determine what certain other Art courses may be best for you.
Meet with your advisor or an art instructor to discuss applying to your transfer institution and be sure you are meeting all transfer requirements.
8. Humanities Course Recommendation
9. Art Course Recommendation
11. Natural Science Course Recommendation
- ANTH& 236 Forensic Anthropology (5 credits)
Course purpose: This course is designed to help you identify human remains. Art students interested in the human form may be interested in this science lab option.
- BIOL& 175 Human Biology w/Lab: Anatomy & Physiology (5 credits)
Course purpose: Human Biology and Anatomy would be an ideal course for any art student who is interested in incorporating the human form / figures into their practice. An understanding of the human body and systems will make your physical depictions of the human body much stronger.
- GEOL& 101 Introduction to Physical Geology (5 credits)
Course purpose: The course reviews the composition of the Earth over time including natural events that impact and continue to shape our world.
- GEOL& 103 Historical Geology (5 credits)
Course purpose: This course covers the development of the Earth over time to what it is today. You will learn about the formation and creation of continents as well as the current challenges of climate change.
- GEOL& 110 Environmental Geology (5 credits)
Course purpose: This course covers the impact of humans on the Earth and of Earth on humans. This is important not only to the creation of art materials, but will impact an understanding of the environment – both as an issue, and as an aid in creating landscape based visuals. Proper disposal of wastes and pollution will be a useful topic as it relates to artists and responsibility toward the environment.
12. Social Science Course Recommendation
- ECON 110 Survey of Economics (5 credits)
Course purpose: This class can be a good foundation for you to understand the economic impacts of a career in the arts. Budgets, profit margins, and money management skills will be a need skill set for a working designer and artist alike.
- GEOG 100 Introduction to Geography (5 credits)
Course purpose: Artist creativity can grow once the natural world is examined in this class. Landscape paintings and other depictions of our own natural world can improve after the successful completion of this course.
- GEOG 200 Human Geography (5 credits)
Course purpose: Many of the most drawn and painted subjects are examined in this class topics include: landscapes, languages, migrations, nations, regions, and religions.
13. Biological Anthropology
14. Art Course Recommendation
15. Social Science Course Recommendation
- PSYC& 100 General Psychology (5 credits)
Course purpose: Psychology courses are good for art students to think about the implications of the content and concepts you put into your own creative work. Getting into the mind and actions of others and learning to see and experience from outside perspectives can have a major impact on how an artist learns and appreciates the work of others and how they design their own work to accomplish their own goals and messages.
- SOC& 101 Introduction to Sociology (5 credits)
Course purpose: Sociology courses are good for art students to think more actively about the world around you and the implications of the content and concepts your put into your own creative work. Understanding the impact of society on individuals and individuals on society can have a major impact on how an artist learns and appreciates the work of others and how they design their own work to accomplish their own goals and messages.
Action Item: Transfer
Meet with your advisor to do a GPA check and verify all transfer requirements have been met. Meet with an art instructor/mentor to discuss career options and “Art Pathways” and clarify your final course selections. Meet with your advisor (or an art instructor) to look into applying to your transfer institution if you have not already done so.
16. Art Course Recommendation
17. Composition Course Recommendation
18. Art Course Recommendation
Choose one additional ART course from sequence 14 or 16.
19. Physical Education
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