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Associate of Arts


student painting at easel

This art program replaces art AA: 003.

Montgomery College is a place to hone your art skills and prepare for a career in the arts.

Our art associate’s degree program encourages a broad exposure to the arts and will prepare you for advanced study and careers in many areas, including studio art, art education, applied design, museum studies, and marketing for the arts.

The studio art curriculum provides a balanced foundation for immediate entry into the professional field or for further study. We ensure a seamless transfer to prestigious institutions across the US.

Montgomery College is accredited by the National Association of Schools of Art and Design (NASAD).

Courses include drawing, 2D and 3D design, art history, professional practice for the visual artist, design tools for the visual arts, and more.

Enroll at MC and set your sights on a successful career in the visual arts.

Program Outcomes

Upon completion of this program a student will be able to:

  • Demonstrate a basic comprehension of art with a historical and contemporary context.
  • Utilize foundational skills to demonstrate a basic competency in techniques in one or more art media.
  • Demonstrate visual problem solving capability.

Program Advising

Meet with your academic advisor regularly to discuss your academic plans and make sure you are on track to graduate and/or transfer.

Transfer Opportunities

MC has a long history of successfully preparing students for transfer to four-year institutions. Students planning to transfer in an art-related major should follow this degree, the studio art degree, or the general studies degree. The choice depends on which degree most closely aligns with a four-year school’s lower level requirements. Work with a counselor or advisor as you make your decision. See all transfer agreements.


For some positions listed, a bachelor's degree or higher may be required. Use the Career and Program Explorer to see a full report for this career field. See links below chart for further guidance and/or connect with a Program Advisor to discuss career goals.

Employment of arts and design occupations is projected to grow 4 percent from 2016 to 2026. More workers will be needed to meet the growing demand for animation and visual effects in video games, movies, television, and on smartphones, as well as to help create visually appealing and effective layouts of websites and other media platforms. 

  • MC Student Employment Services: Speak with the Student Employment Specialist for help with resume writing, interviewing, setting up a College Central Network (CCN)new window account and other job search topics.
  • Career Coach: Explore Career Coach to learn more about this career and/or discover related majors and in-demand careers based on your current interests! Take a Career Assessment and then browse careers and job opportunities in the area.


Suggested Course Sequence: Art Associate of Arts

A suggested two-year course sequence for students in Art Associate of Arts follows

  • All students should review the advising guide and consult an advisor.
  • Find out about related programs and course in the Fields of Study section.
  • Most courses have either assessment levels that must be met or prerequisites (courses that must be taken first). Part-time students and those who need to meet assessment levels or take prerequisite courses will take longer to complete a degree. An advisor will help make sure you are taking your courses in the right order.
  • All degree-seeking students must take a central group of General Education courses in English, mathematics, arts, behavioral and social sciences, humanities, and science. These courses are included in the suggested course sequence below.


Suggested Course Sequence

All students should review the Program Advising Guide and consult an advisor.

First Semester

Second Semester

Third Semester

Fourth Semester

  • Behavioral and Social Sciences Distribution 3 semester hours (BSSD) **
  • Humanities Distribution 3 semester hours (HUMD) ***
  • Natural Sciences Distribution 3 semester hours (NSD) 
  • Art Elective 3 semester hours †
  • 200-Level Literature or Writing Course or  or  3 semester hours ‡

*ENGL 101/ENGL 101A, if needed for ENGL 102/ENGL 103, or art elective.

** Behavioral and social sciences distribution (BSSD) courses must come from different disciplines.

*** A world languages course is strongly recommended.

† Students interested in pursuing advanced study in art should choose 6 credits of ARTT electives. Students interested in pursuing advanced study in art education should choose 6 credits from ARTT 120 or ARTT 211 or one printmaking course from ARTT 225ARTT 226ARTT 227ARTT 228ARTT 230, or ARTT 233.

‡ Students interested in pursuing advanced study in art should choose one 200-level literature or writing course from ENGL 201ENGL 202ENGL 205ENGL 208ENGL 211ENGL 212ENGL 213ENGL 214ENGL 226ENGL 227ENGL 230ENGL 233ENGL 235ENGL 245ENGL 248ENGL 264ENGL 272. Students interested in pursuing advanced study in art education should replace the 200-level ENGL literature or writing requirement with ARTT 123 or ARTT 221

Students are required to have at least 12 credits at 200 level.

How To Apply and Register

Related Programs and Courses

General Studies Degree

Students who major in general studies explore personal, professional, and academic areas of interest within a flexible framework supporting transfer.

Workforce Development and Continuing Education

MC offers a wide variety of noncredit classes. These courses are designed to help you upgrade your skills, pursue career training, or learn something new.