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Art Transfer Courses

College Transfer Art courses are accepted with full credit to two-year and four-year programs in the University of Wisconsin System, Edgewood College, and many other institutions. College Transfer Art credits can be used as elective credits or toward your Associate Degree in Art.  

Our primary mission is to provide a rigorous foundation in studio art, preparing students to succeed as they transfer into degree programs that best fit their career interests. The problem-solving skills learned in College Transfer Art provide a foundation for innovative thinking in any major.

Experience hands-on exploration of materials and concepts that will allow you to find solutions unique to you.

Art Transfer Course Options

These foundation courses are required at most 4-year schools before taking intermediate courses in painting, drawing, sculpture and other disciplines.

  • Drawing Fundamentals (20815205) 3 credits
  • Drawing 2 (20815215) 3 credits
  • Basic Design (20815201) 3 credits
  • 3-Dimensional Design (20815203) 3 credits
  • Art History: Ancient to Medieval (20815200) 3 credits
  • Art History:  Renaissance to Modern (20815210) 3 credits

Full Course offerings:

  • Art History

    Art History: Ancient to Medieval (20815200): Surveys the development of Pre-historic through Medieval art and architecture found throughout Europe, the near East and Egypt.

    Art History: Renaissance to Modern (20815210): Surveys the development of European and American art and architecture from the time of the early Renaissance in Italy through the first quarter of the 20th century.

    Art History: Women in Art (20815211): This course will present a broad survey of selected outstanding women artists from the 12th to the 20th century.

    Modern Art Survey (20815214): Introduces you to modern art's most influential movements, focusing on European and American art produced between 1880-1950.

    Contemporary Art Survey (20815208): Examines contemporary art trends, focusing on European and American art produced from 1950-the present.

  • Art Metal

    Jewelry 1 (20815253): Introduction to basic jewelry making techniques through technical demonstration and individual projects covering simple forming, fabricating, lost wax casting, cold forging and finishing techniques.

    Jewelry 2 (20815254): Introduction to silversmithing, chasing, repouss√© and advanced stone setting. Prerequisite: Jewelry 1

  • Ceramics

    Ceramics 1 (20815290): Introduces clay as an art medium through demonstration of and experimentation with basic hand-building methods.  

    Ceramics 2 (20815291): Covers either the development of basic wheel throwing skills or advanced hand building techniques. Prerequisite: Ceramics 1

    Ceramics Sculpture 1 (20815294): Focuses on developing the ability to make, by hand, ceramic sculpture through creative projects.

    Ceramics Sculpture 2 (20815295): This course is a continuation of Sculpture 1. Prerequisite: Sculpture 1.

    Ceramics Firing Techniques/Alternative Methods (20815296): This course focuses on various firing techniques as they relate to ceramic vessels and sculptures.

    Ceramics Firing Techniques 2 (20815299) Building upon Ceramic Firing Techniques 1, students will explore in depth various non-traditional firing techniques and the artistic and cultural history behind each technique. Firing techniques covered are Raku, sawdust firings, salt glazing, wood firing, the use of saggars at different temperatures, vapor glazes and primitive pit kilns, luster firings, majolica and other low temperature techniques. Surface treatments to pots that enhance the uniqueness of the firing are stressed. Students have the opportunity to build kilns and manage firings themselves as well as the opportunity to participate in a wood firing.

    Independent Study Ceramics Sculpture (20815298): Students will work independently on ceramics projects under the supervision of an instructor. Instructor permission required.

  • Design

    Basic Design (20815201): Introduces you to the elements of art (line, texture, color, shape and value). You will investigate how these elements can be manipulated using various principles of design to achieve different effects. Basic color theory will be covered.

    Color & Design (20815202): Provides involvement with practical and theoretical color problems while building knowledge of advanced design concepts. Prerequisite: 2D-Design.

    3-Dimensional Design (20815203): You will explore different ways of manipulating form and space. Projects will introduce students to basic techniques such as modeling, construction and carving.

    Digital Design Fundamentals (20815232): A comprehensive course to introduce the tools and functions of four essential digital design programs. Learn to create and edit vector artwork in Adobe Illustrator, create and edit photographic content in Adobe Photoshop, develop 3-D forms with SketchUp, and build a website with Adobe Dreamweaver to display a portfolio of the art works and projects created.

    2D Studio Independent Study (20815227): This course allows students to continue to explore studio research in the areas of drawing or painting. An intermediate level of experience and familiarity of chosen media is assumed as students are required to produce advanced level work.

  • Drawing

    Drawing Fundamentals (20815205): An introductory drawing class emphasizing sound craftsmanship and the study of basic freehand drawing from direct observation.

    Drawing 2 (20815215): Explores a variety of drawing media and techniques through projects that encourage students to consider subject/content relationships.

    Life Drawing 1 (20815219): Introduces you to drawing the figure in a variety of situations. Prerequisite: Drawing Fundamentals.

    Life Drawing 2 (20815220): Continuation of life drawing with emphasis placed on expression, articulation, and refinement of technique for dramatic effect. Prerequisite: life drawing.

    Life Drawing 3 (20815221): Continued emphasis on expression, articulation, and refinement of technique with increased attention to personalized direction. Prerequisite: Life Drawing 2 

    2D Studio Independent Study (20815227): This course allows students to continue to explore studio research in the areas of drawing or painting. An intermediate level of experience and familiarity of chosen media is assumed as students are required to produce advanced level work.

  • Painting

    Painting 1 (20815241): Introduces you to the basic techniques of oil painting, with emphasis on composition and color. Prerequisites: Drawing Fundamentals. & Design Fundamentals

    Painting 2 (20815242): An intermediate level painting course emphasizing the development of conceptualization skills. Prerequisites: Painting 1

    Watercolor 1 (20815292): An introductory course in watercolor painting. Students will learn about the media and investigate various applications. Prerequisites: Drawing Fundamentals. & Design Fundamentals

    Watercolor 2 (20815297): After an introductory course in watercolor, students will work on more advanced problems related to this medium. Students will be encouraged to explore a more personal approach to the subject and content of their paintings. Prerequisites: Watercolor 1.

    2D Studio Independent Study (20815227): This course allows students to continue to explore studio research in the areas of drawing or painting. An intermediate level of experience and familiarity of chosen media is assumed as students are required to produce advanced level work.

  • Photography

    Photography (20815234): Basic course in 35 mm black-and-white photography featuring instruction in camera operation, film developing, printing and mounting techniques. You will provide your own cameras and film for this class.

    Creative Photography (20815235): Basic 35mm camera and darkroom techniques are reviewed. Personal expression of photography as a fine art is encouraged through a series of problems stressing your personal vision and mastery of the photographic medium. 

    Advanced Creative Photography (20815236): Continues the exploration of photography as a fine art. Prerequisite: Creative Photography.

    Digital Photography (20815239): Provides you an introduction to the photographic process through the use of digital cameras to produce images for presentations, the World Wide Web, and electronic publication. Covers basic principles of effective composition, light, exposure and control of motion and focus. You will provide their own digital camera.

    Digital Photography Independent Study (20815233): You will work independently on digital photography projects under the supervision of an instructor. 

    Creative Photography Independent Study (20815238): You will work independently on creative photography projects under the supervision of an instructor.

View College Transfer Art faculty work:

Check out Gallery 211, run by the College Transfer Art department.