Nov 28, 2021  
2021-2022 Undergraduate Catalog 
2021-2022 Undergraduate 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) to meet graduation requirements. More information can be found at

General Education Requirements- Credits (41)

Area of Emphasis Requirements - Credits (21)*

Total Degree Requirements - Credits (62)

Career and Salary Information

The following is a list of some of the career choices that may be obtained upon completion of this program. Please visit the following website or speak to an advisor for additional career opportunities, salary information and education requirements.  Salaries are not guaranteed.

Career Beginning Salary Experienced Median Salary
Graphic Designer $26,680 $45,300
Craft Artist $19,030 $39,100
Commercial & Industrial Designers, including Architects $20,770 $48,580
Fine Artists, including Painters, Sculptors, and Illustrators $22,510 $40,650

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.

DegreeWorks, along with the correct catalog, should be utilized by students for all of their educational planning.  Students can monitor their progress toward a degree or certificate and view missing requirements with the DegreeWorks audit, which is accessible through My Volstate.

First Year - Fall Semester - Credits (15)

First Year - Spring Semester - Credits (15)

Second Year - Fall Semester - Credits (16)

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 General Education Requirements in Catalog) Credits: (3)
  • Studio Art Electives (See list above) Credits: (6)2


¹ Students who plan to attend ETSU or UT- Knoxville should take a three credit hour Studio Art Elective instead of Drawing II.
² Studio Art Electives are to be 1000 and 2000 level, non-sequential studio art courses. Students should consult their advisor regarding which studio art courses to take depending upon the university to which they plan to transfer.
* For the BFA at UT-Martin, four credit hours of foreign language are required; for the BFA at UT-Knoxville, six credit hours of foreign language are required.