May 27, 2019  
2018-2019 Vol State Catalog 
2018-2019 Vol State Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Art (Studio) - A.F.A. (TTP)

For more information on this program, contact the Humanities division at 615-230-3200 or at

The Art emphasis is a two-year program for students planning to complete a bachelor's degree at a four-year school. The standard pre-professional degree for artists and designers is a Bachelor of Fine Arts (B.F.A.). Individuals majoring in art have a variety of career opportunities including, but not limited to: studio artist, graphic designer, photographer, web and/or multimedia designer, product and/or package designer, interior designer, craft artist including jewelry or textile designer, museum curator, art historian, and educator.

Additionally, an art curriculum provides intensive education in problem-solving strategies, a skill both useful and desired in many occupations. For those students primarily interested in developing their problem-solving skills, Two-Dimensional Design, Three-Dimensional Design, and Graphic Design are recommended.

Transfer Options
The Tennessee Transfer Pathway (TTP) degree is designed to create a smooth transition to all public universities offering a Baccalaureate degree in this major by guaranteeing the transferability of all courses. For transfer to other four-year institutions, contact an advisor at the senior institution.  Note:  There are to be no course substitutions in this program.

All students graduating with a degree from VSCC are required to take the Educational Testing Service Proficiency Profile (ETSP). More information can be found at

General Education Requirements- Credits (41)

Area of Emphasis Requirements - Credits (21)

  • Studio Art Electives Credits: (9) 2

Total Degree Requirements - Credits (62)

Computer Literacy Requirement-

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Career and Salary Information

Career Beginning Salary Experienced Median Salary
Graphic Designer $26,480 $41,770
Craft Artist $19,520 $33,440
Commercial & Industrial Designers, including Architects $18,790 $48,550
Fine Artists, including Painters, Sculptors, and Illustrators $17,330 $37,840

Career and salary information taken from Check out this web site for additional information about education requirements and preferred work styles and abilities for these careers. Salaries are not guaranteed.

Recommended Schedule

This is a recommended schedule. Learning Support, pre-requisites and other academic factors may impact this schedule. See your advisor to create a degree plan.

First Year - Fall Semester - Credits (15)

  • History (HIST 2310 Preferred) Credits: (3)

First Year - Spring Semester - Credits (15)

  • History (HIST 2320 Preferred) Credits: (3)

Second Year - Fall Semester - Credits (16)

  • Humanities and/or Fine Arts (Literature Course- See General Education Requirements in Catalog)  Credits: (3)
  • Natural Sciences (See General Education Requirements in Catalog) Credits: (4)
  • Social/Behavioral Sciences (See General Education Requirements in Catalog) Credits: (3)
  • Studio Art Elective (Choose from list above) Credits: (3)

Second Year - Spring Semester - Credits (16)

  • Mathematics (See General Education Requirements in Catalog) Credits: (3)
  • Natural Sciences (See General Education Requirements in Catalog) Credits: (4)
  • Social/Behavioral Sciences (See Gerneal Education Requirements in Catalog) Credits: (3)
  • Studio Art Electives (See list above) Credits: (6)