Art - Associate of Arts Degree

Open a World of Creative Possibilities with a Career in Art

Are you interested in pursuing a career that develops your artistic and creative abilities? If so, a career in the Arts may be for you. Alvin Community College provides an interactive environment where you can gain experience in painting, sculpture, drawing, design, ceramics, art history and art appreciation.

ACC has a vast array of studios that provide opportunities for hands-on experience in several artistic specialties that include a 5,000 square foot 3-D ceramics studio and spacious and naturally lit 2-D studios. The ACC Art Department also offers a non-credit enrichment program. For more information about the enrichment program please visit the ACC Market Place.

To showcase student art, the ACC Art Department hosts art exhibits in our Fine Arts Gallery that enable students to market and display their work to the public.

Student working on a large sculpture  Student Art Exhibit at ACC Art Gallery

Career Opportunities

Art graduates have become book illustrators, medical illustrators, art therapist, fashion artists, cartoonists, animators, police artists, photographers, jewelry makers, graphic designers, art instructors, art directors, film illustrators, sculptors, potters and painters.

According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, the job outlook for art and design occupations is expected to grow by 4% through 2026. The median annual wage for arts and design occupations was $45,250 in May 2017, which was higher than the median annual wage for all occupations of $37,690.

For more information on career opportunities in Art, please visit Career Coach where you can explore the local job market, take a career assessment, and build a résumé.

What Will I Study?

Your journey through the Art A.A. degree program will allow you to take core courses in mathematics, science, humanities, and the following arts courses:

  • Drawing
  • Ceramics
  • Composition
  • Art History
  • Design
  • Sculpture
  • Painting
  • and more!


60 credit hours

+Select from American History Core Curriculum

ARTS 1316 - Drawing I 3

+ENGL 1301 - Composition I

+Math 1332 - Quantitative Reasoning 3
+PSYC 1300 - Learning Framework 3
+ARTS 1303 - Art History I 3
ARTS 1311 - Design I 3

ARTS 2346 - Ceramics I

+Select from Life & Physical Sciences Core Curriculum 3
+Select from Component Area Options Core Curriculum - Group 1 3
+Select from Life & Physical Sciences Core Curriculum 3
+Select from American History Core Curriculum 3
ARTS 2326 - Sculpture I 3
+ENGL 1302 - Composition II 3
+GOVT 2305 - Federal Government 3
Elective - Select from ARTS courses  3
ARTS 2316 - Painting I  3
+GOVT 2306 - Texas Government   3
 +Select from Language, Philosophy & Culture Core Curriculum  3
 +Select from Social & Behavioral Sciences Core Curriculum  3

 +Denotes core requirement. Speak with Department Chair or Academic Advisor for proper course selection.

Upon completion of the Art A.A. degree, you will have the opportunity to continue your education at a major university. The degree will allow you to use your A.A. in Art to earn a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree or a Bachelor of Arts (BA) degree with a major in Art at a four-year college or university.

*How Much Will the Program Cost?

Approximate costs for the Art A.A. Degree program including tuition and fees are $4,200 for in-district students, $6,960 for students out-of-district, and $9,840 for non-residents. Additional fees for books and supplies vary.

For more information on education costs, payment options, payment plans, deadlines and more, visit our Tuition and Fees section.

Financial assistance is available for those who qualify.  For more information, visit our Financial Aid section.

*Alvin Community College may change tuition rates and other fees without notice or when so directed by the Board of Regents.

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Art is part of our Liberal Arts Career Pathway. Click the box below to see other Liberal Arts programs that may interest you.

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