Betty Zacate
Art Instructor/Advisor
Office: K-1034
Phone: (815) 280-2615
Email: bzacate@jjc.edu

Rita Monroe
Fine Arts Department Secretary
Office: K-2011
Phone: (815) 280-2223
Fax: (815) 280-6739
Email: rmonroe@jjc.edu

Art A.A. Degree Requirements 

JJC student in painting class 

Requirements for an Associate in Arts, with an Art emphasis. Course sequence total of 67 semester hours.

Art Education Majors should contact transfer institutions for certification requirements regarding K-12 and 6-12 certificates.

Art Majors are recommended not to take Art 109, 118 or 215.


See the catalog for course descriptions.

General Education Course Requirements - 37 Semester Hours

Students must meet general education requirements in order to earn an Associate in Arts. See the Associate in Arts degree page for more information.

Communications - 9 Sememester Hours

  • English 101 - Rhetoric
  • English 102 - Rhetoric
  • Speech 101 - Principles of Speech

Social/Behavioral Sciences - 9 Semester Hours (at least 2 areas required)

Humanities/Fine Arts

One course required in humanities, one course required in fine arts, and one additional course from either area

Physical/Life Sciences

(One course from physical sciences and one course from life sciences with at least one being a lab course-Seven hours)

  • Life Science
  • Physical Science

Mathematics - 3 Semester Hours

Required Art Core Courses - 13 Semester Hours

These foundation studio art courses and art history survey courses are required for students majoring in art and should be completed as soon as possible. These art core courses typically transfer to four-year institutions in Illinois, especially when part of a completed A.A. degree. Art students are strongly urged to consult with academic advisors to insure smooth transition to transfer institutions.

  • ART 101 - Drawing I
  • ART 102 - Drawing II
  • ART 103 - 2D Design
  • ART 104 - 3D Design
  • ART 213 - Figure Drawing I
  • ART 115* - Introduction to Ancient and Medieval Art
  • ART 116* - Introduction to Renaissance and Baroque Art
  • ART 117* - Introduction to Modern Art

*Two art history courses can be counted as 6 of the 9 credits in Humanities/ Fine Arts for general education.

Media-Specific Studio Art Courses - 9 Semester Hours

Completion of the art core courses is recommended before enrolling in media-specific studio courses. A portfolio review is usually required for transfer. Art students should select three courses from three different class groups (A,B,C,D).

Group A

  • ART 105 - Painting I
  • ART 214 - Figure Drawing II

Group B

  • ART 111- Ceramics I
  • ART 240 - Jewelry and Metalsmithing I

Group C

  • ART 107 - Graphic Design I
  • ART 151 - Computer Art I

Group D

  • ART 125 - Photography I

Elective Art Course - 3 Semester Hours

Art Students should select one course from the list below:

  • ART 106 - Painting II
  • ART 108 - Introduction to Computer Graphics
  • ART 112 - Ceramics II
  • ART 207 - Graphic Design II
  • ART 211 - Digital Imaging I (Photoshop)
  • ART 225 - Photography II
  • ART 241 - Jewelry and Metalsmithing II
  • ART 251 - Computer Art II

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