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Associate of Arts Degree

The Art Department of the Brookhaven College School of the Arts is dedicated to providing the finest instruction and programs in the visual arts in a diverse environment.

Our curriculum is designed to meet the needs of students no matter their goals.

  • To complete a bachelor’s degree in art
  • To prepare for graduate education
  • For professional training
  • For personal enrichment
  • For any student with an interest in art

Students who complete the Associate of Arts degree from Brookhaven College also can plan a pathway to transfer to earn either a Bachelor of Arts or Bachelor of Fine Arts degree.

Completing the associate degree before transferring demonstrates to the university a student plans to attend that they are serious about completing a bachelor’s degree.

Planning for Transfer
Students should take these factors into consideration when they are planning to transfer.

  • What specific schools are you considering for transfer?
  • What specific course and degree requirements do the transferring schools have?
  • Which program of study do you intend to pursue?

Students can help ensure transfer between Brookhaven College and a university art program is as simple and seamless as possible by keeping these things in mind.

Get advice on transfer requirements
In addition to declaring their program of study, art majors should work with an art professor as part of their associate degree planning and as they begin planning their transfer to a four-year university for a bachelor’s degree.

The Art Department faculty members understand the degree programs, curriculum requirements, and faculty at universities, and can help students transfer successfully.

Faculty recommend students apply for graduation prior to their final semester.

Articulation Agreements
An articulation agreement allows students to complete the first two years of study at one of these receiving institutions while they are at Brookhaven College.

Brookhaven College has specific program articulation agreements with several institutions, including:

See Natalie Macellaio, art professor, in Bldg. D, Room D120 for detailed information on these agreements. You also can reach her at 972-860-4722 or

Associate of Arts degree requirements
The Associate of Arts degree requires that in order to receive this degree, a student must:

  1. Complete a minimum of 60 credit hours, including the required courses as listed in the Brookhaven College Catalog.
  2. Earn a grade of “C” or better in English 1301; in either Speech 1311, 1315 or 1321; and in a selected college-level mathematics course.
  3. Receive a GPA of at least 2.0 (“C”).
  4. Meet all Texas Success Initiative (TSI) standards and course prerequisites. See the Brookhaven College Catalog.
  5. Complete at least 25 percent of the credit hours required for graduation through instruction by the college awarding the degree.

To fulfill the Associate of Arts degree in two years, students must complete 15 to 16 hours each semester. If students take fewer credit hours, they will need to complete additional terms.

Students may want to take additional academic and studio art classes beyond those in the Associate of Arts degree if they are planning to transfer to a bachelor’s degree program. It is strongly recommended students consult with Art Department professors about the programs and requirements at receiving institutions.

Associate of Arts degree: Recommended Course Sequence for Art Majors
Freshman Year

    Fall 15 semester credit hours

      ARTS 1311 Two-Dimensional Design1
      ARTS 1316 Drawing I1
      ARTS 1304 Art History Survey II
      ENGL 1301
      HIST 1301

    Spring 16 semester credit hours

      ARTS 1312 Three-Dimensional Design1
      ARTS 1372 Digital Foundations1
      ARTS 1170 Problems in Contemporary Art1
      ARTS 2375 Contemporary Art History
      HIST 1302 or 2301 or 2328 or 2381
      SPCH 1311 or 1315 or 1321

Freshman Year Foundation Courses
Foundation studio art courses must be completed before enrolling in sophomore-level studio art courses. The Brookhaven College Art Department has a portfolio review requirement for art majors prior to enrolling in sophomore-level studio courses. Part of the ARTS 1170 Problems in Contemporary Art course fulfills this requirement, and students normally take this class in the same semester as the studio foundation courses.

ARTS 1311, Two-Dimensional Design, and ARTS 1312, Three-Dimensional Design, can be taken in any order.

    Summer  Six semester credit hours

Students should strongly consider taking summer classes if they are not able to take 15–16 semester credit hours during Fall and Spring semester.

Sophomore Year

    Fall 15 semester credit hours

      ARTS 1317 Drawing II
      ARTS 2xxx  (sophomore-level studio2)
      ENGL 1302
      MATH 1314/1414 or 1316 or 1324 or 1325/1425 or other
      GOVT 2301

    Spring 16 semester credit hours

      ARTS 2xxx  (sophomore-level studio2)
      ARTS 2xxx  (sophomore-level studio2)
      ARTS 2xxx  (sophomore-level studio2)
      GOVT 2302
      CORE science requirement
       (see Catalog for options)

Sophomore Year Studio Courses
Sophomore-level studio art courses include:
            ARTS 2313/2314 Computer Graphics I/II
            ARTS 2316/2317 Painting I/II
            ARTS 2323/2324 Figure Drawing I/II
            ARTS 2326/2327 Sculpture I/II
            ARTS 2333/2334 Printmaking I/II
            ARTS 2341/2342 Arts Metals I/II
            ARTS 2346/2347 Ceramics I/II
            ARTS 2348/2349 Digital Art I/II
            ARTS 2356/2357 Photography I/II
            ARTS 2366.2367 Watercolor I/II
            ARTS 2311/2312 Advanced Design I/II; medium specific (i.e. Advanced Ceramics I/II, Advanced Painting I/II, etc.)