Arts (Studio/Visual) | Cascadia College
AOI Programe

Arts (Studio/Visual)

Degree:

Associate in Integrated Studies – DTA

Area of Interest:

Communication, Creative Arts and Design

Program Length:

90 College-level Credits

Cost:

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Modalities:

Coursework may be completed through a combination of in-person web enhanced (face-to-face), hybrid, and online modes, though not every course is offered in the same modality each quarter. Specific courses may be offered at certain times of the year. Consult the current Class Schedule.

Placement:

Many courses at Cascadia College have placement prerequisites for reading, writing and math ability. The courses that you will place into determine how you progress through your pathway and how long your degree will take. There are a variety of ways to find your English and Math placement level. 

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Math Notes:

You will need to consult with an academic advisor after placement to be sure to enroll in a course that is consistent with your planned course of study.

MATH& 107 Math in Society or MATH& 146 Introduction to Statistics

Contact:

If you have any questions about this pathway, contact: advising@cascadia.edu

Planning Your Courses: 

Advisors are here for you. Academic Advisors will help you develop the skills to make sound academic decisions. Through advising, Advisors will support you to make connections between academic interests, long-term goals, and career opportunities. Advisors help with educational planning, university transfer options, college application processes, and graduation requirements. You will have touchpoints with Advisors to ensure you are on track to success. Connect with the Advising, Career, and Transfer team!

The Annual Course Planning Guide shows Cascadia’s tentative plan for classes and the quarters in which they are offered. It is intended for planning purposes only and should not be considered a guarantee of class offerings. Actual quarterly sections may be changed, added, or removed. Students should use the Searchable Quarterly Class Schedule to see up to date class offerings.

Courses:

0-30 credits

  • ART 121 Drawing
  • COLL 101 College Strategies
  • ENGL& 101 English Composition I
  • ENGL& 102 Composition II
  • MATH& 107 Math in Society or MATH& 146 Introduction to Statistics
  • Social Science Distribution Requirement (View Choice Classes)

30-60 credits

60-90 credits

*If not already completed, be sure to complete EDP requirements by taking a class numbered 150, an additional EDP class and an IL (View Choice Classes).

Choice Classes: Distribution and Elective Requirements - Explore and align your interests. 

The recommended choice classes listed below were thoughtfully chosen to help you gain the necessary skills in this pathway. You are welcome to choose other choice classes outside the recommended list, but consult with an academic advisor to be sure that the classes meet the specific requirements for this pathway.

150 Equity, Diversity, and Power (10 credits)

To meet the Equity, Diversity, and Power completion requirement, you must complete one 150-series EDP course, and at least one additional EDP-designated course for a total of ten (10) credits. EDP courses in the 150-series ground students in the needed cognitive tools and background to critically analyze their position in our increasingly interconnected, complex, and diverse world so they can pursue further study and seek out their careers more intentionally. EDP designated courses may also apply toward Humanities, Social Science, Natural Science, or General Elective distribution requirements as indicated. See the Cascadia catalog for the complete list of EDP designated courses.

Choose one:

  • CMST 150 Multicultural Communication
  • GS 150 Globalization, Culture and Identity
  • HIST 150 Cultural Diversity and Challenges in United States History
  • HUMAN 150 Introduction to Cultural Studies
  • SOC 150 Social Inequality

Choose one additional course designated in EDP in any distribution area by choosing from the choice classes below or checking the current class schedule for additional EDP designated courses.

Integrated Learning (5 credits)

You will include an Integrated Learning Experience in your course selections. This requirement can be satisfied through the completion of learning communities, linked classes, classes containing formal community-based learning, classes taken as part of an academic study abroad program, or classes with an academic internship. Through Learning Communities (LC) or other Integrated Learning Experiences (IL), you will demonstrate abilities to integrate skills, concepts, information, and analytical and methodological frameworks from two or more areas of inquiry in a purposeful project or experience.

For more information please see Integrated Learning and current learning communities.

Humanities:

Completion of a minimum of 15 credits from at least 2 different disciplines with a maximum of 10 credits from 1 discipline.  No more than 5 credits from those courses designated as performance/skills, applied theory or lecture/studio courses. Only 5 credits of world language at the 100 level may be included.

Recommended:

  • ARTH 141 Renaissance to Modern: Survey of Art II
  • ARTH 142 The Modern Era: Survey of Art III
  • BUS& 101 Introduction to Business 
  • CMST& 220 Public Speaking  
  • CMST& 230 Small Group Communication-Leadership Dynamics 
  • CMST 211 World Cinema  
  • ENGL& 114 Intro to Drama  
  • HUMAN 150 Introduction to Cultural Studies  
  • HUMAN 120 Regional Life and Culture 
  • GS 150 Globalization, Culture and Identity  
  • MUSIC& 105 Music Appreciation  
  • PHIL 102 Ethics and Social Problems 
  • PHIL 240 Introduction to Philosophical Ethics

Social Sciences:

Completion of a minimum of 15 credits from at least 2 different disciplines with a maximum of 10 credits from 1 discipline.

Recommended:

  • ANTH& 100 Survey of Anthropology
  • PSYC& 100 General Psychology  
  • PSYC 171 Human Relations  
  • PSYC& 220 Psychological Disorders 
  • PSYC 245 Social Psychology   
  • SOC& 201 Social Problems  
  • SOC 241 Love, Relationships and Families  
  • SOC 271 Sociology of Deviance

Natural Sciences:

Completion of a minimum of 15 credits from at least 2 different disciplines with a maximum of 10 credits from 1 discipline, including at least 5 credits of a LAB course. At least 10 credits required in physical, earth and/or biological sciences. Only 5 credits of Mathematics may be used.

Lab Science Recommended:

  • BIOL 120 Survey of the Kingdoms
  • ENVS& 101 Introduction to Environmental Science  
  • ENVS 210 Ecology of Puget Sound Bioregion
  • GEOL& 101 Introduction to Physical Geology   
  • OCEAN& 101 Introduction to Oceanography with Lab

Non-Lab Science Recommended:

  • ANTH& 205 Biological Anthropology  
  • BIOL& 170 Human Biology  
  • GEOG 120 Introduction to Physical Geography
  • PHYS& 100 Physics for Non-Science Majors

Program Elective Credits

Elective credits may be selected from any of the distribution requirements.

Transfer Opportunities: 

The Direct Transfer Agreement (DTA) associate degree is designed to transfer to most Bachelor of Arts degrees at all four-year colleges and universities in Washington state. The DTA is sometimes called an Associate in Arts or an Associate in Arts and Sciences.

DTA degrees provide students:

  • Priority consideration in admissions for most humanities and social science majors at public universities in Washington ahead of students without a degree.
  • Completion of lower division general education requirements.
  • Credit for all courses completed within the DTA up to and in some cases beyond 90 credits.
  • Opportunity to explore several fields of study through the category of up to 30 credits of elective courses.

Opportunity to complete prerequisites for a future major.

Local Transfer Opportunities:

Cornish College of Arts, Seattle 

Central Washington University, Ellensburg 

Pacific Lutheran University, Seattle

Pacific NW College of Art, Portland 

University of Washington, Seattle 

Washington State University, Pullman 

Western Washington University, Bellingham 

 View Cascadia’s Transfer Agreements for details of our partnerships with other colleges and universities.

 University admissions requirements may vary – consult with the Career and Transfer Center for transfer assistance to plan your career and future educational goals.

 

Career Possibilities

Degrees in visual arts can lead to the following careers: Professional artist, Illustrator, Graphic Designer, Animator, Advertising artist, Art director, Art critic, Art therapist, Gallery and museum curator, Art restorer, Public artist, Fashion designer.

Entry Level: Web Design, Interior Design, Digital Artist, Art Director, Photographer, Environmental Artist, Technical Illustrator, Graphic Artists, Digital Designer  

Tribal Enterprises: Tribal Archivists, Heritage Arts & Cultures Collections Manager  

You can learn more about career possibilities related to your interests in this pathway through O*Net Online. O*Net Online shares information about related careers, salary, skills related to the industry and more.

Connect with Cascadia’s Career and Transfer Center for assistance as you go through the process of planning career and future educational goals. 

Some job opportunities may also exist in business corporations, non-profits and Tribal Enterprises.

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