Associate of Arts - Visual Arts Pre-Major

Associate of Arts

Develops skills to work in a variety of fields related to the visual arts. Students earning this degree will be positioned to transfer to a bachelor’s degree program at a variety of colleges and universities, in or out of the UW system. The program curriculum aligns well with the first two year requirements for nearly all visual arts related majors and emphases, including but not limited to Art Education, Art History, Art Therapy ,Entertainment Design, Graphic Design, Industrial Design, Interior Design, and Studio Arts.



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    Program Outline

    Course # Course Title Credits
    2089010100 Foundations of University Learning 1.00
    2080121900 English Composition I 3.00

    Develops expository writing and critical thinking skills, including clarity, concision, concreteness, and completeness of expression, supported by reasoning, organization, and language conventions. Lecture.

    2080122300 English Composition II 3.00

    Advances composition skills, emphasizing well-reasoned argumentative research papers. Lecture. Credits: 3. Prerequisite(s): 2080121900 English Composition I (D- or better) or 1080119500 Written Communication (B or better).

    2081020100 Fundamentals of Speech 3.00

    Examines theory and process of communication, the role of speech in self- development, the art of persuasion, topic selection, the use of research-based evidence, and audience analysis. Includes organizing speech content, speech delivery, and critique via presentation of informative and persuasive speeches and development of effective extemporaneous speaking style. Students gain self-confidence, proficiency, and poise.

    N/A Humanities 12.00

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    Three-Dimensional Design



    Plus an additional 3 credits in history, journalism/writing, literature, music, philosophy, theatre/film, world language


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    N/A Social Sciences 12.00

    Must include courses in at least two disciplines: anthropology, economics, geography, history, political science, psychology, sociology.

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    N/A Mathematics & Natural Science 10.00

    Must include mathematics at the level of Intermediate Algebra, Statistics, Quantitative Reasoning, Elementary Math Education or higher AND 7 credits of Natural Science (one lab course required) chosen from biology, chemistry, geography (selected courses), geology, and physics.

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    N/A Health/Wellness/Physical Education 1.00
    N/A Diversity/Ethnic Studies 0.00

    Courses that meet this requirement may also count toward Humanities or Social Science. These credits are not in addition to the 60 credits required for the degree.

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    N/A World Language 4.00

    May be met with one year high school, with a grade of “C” or better, or one semester in college.

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    N/A Electives 11.00

    Choose 12 credits from the following 3-credit courses:

    •   20815201  Art Appreciation
    •   20815210  Life Drawing
    •   20815213  Painting
    •   20815215  Watercolor
    •   20815221  Ceramics
    •   20815226  Survey of Western Art History I
    •   20815227  Survey of Western Art History II
    •   20815230  Native American Art
    •   20815240  Basic Photography
    •   20815265  Intermediate Ceramics

    May be 16 credits if students satisfy the world language requirement with one year of high school (C or better).

    At A Glance

    How You'll Learn


    On Campus


    Online Classes

    Term Start Dates

    Fall 2024: August 26 Spring 2025: January 13 Summer 2025: May 19

    Start dates represent the beginning of a new term. Certain programs or courses may not be available to start every term. Please view the course schedules for a list of upcoming classes or contact the Welcome Center at 715-365-4493.

    Program Tuition*


    Books & Supplies*


    *Total cost for degree completion is estimated by current course requirements, books, and supplies. Tuition and fees are set by the Wisconsin Technical College System and subject to change.

    Financial Aid Eligible

    You may experience these additional costs, not charged by Nicolet, estimated based on length of program.

    Personal Expenses

    What You'll Learn

    • Apply forms of effective communication in various contexts
    • Demonstrate quantitative reasoning
    • Demonstrate critical and/or creative thinking
    • Apply scientific methods
    • Demonstrate cultural awareness
    • Apply ethics to individual, social, environmental, and informational contexts

    Possible Bachelor's Degree Majors

    The program curriculum aligns well with the first two year requirements for nearly all visual arts related majors and emphases, including but not limited to: 

    • Art Education
    • Art History
    • Art Therapy
    • Entertainment Design
    • Graphic Design
    • Industrial Design
    • Interior Design
    • Studio Arts

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