Fine Arts, A.A.

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Council Bluffs Campus

Program Information

The Fine Arts program of study prepares students to transfer to four-year institutions or art schools to continue their studies. The college's Arts Center facility, overlooking the beautiful Loess Hills, provides a quality learning environment for the arts. Iowa Western's Fine Arts program of study will help you paint a rosy future. The program is taught by practicing artists, who help students translate their work to presentation technology. An electronic portfolio of all work is created for interview use or internship opportunities. Few community colleges offer an art program as large as Iowa Western's, and the program is integrated with other college departments to provide a well-rounded foundation for our graduates. Student study under instructors who are also practicing professional artists.

Job Outlook

This program is designed for students intending to transfer to a four-year institution upon completion. 

What will you do

This program is designed for students intending to transfer to a four-year institution upon completion of this two-year program. Career opportunities in the art field may include: sequential artist, video game creator, furniture designer, painter, or fiber artist.


  • This program is designed for students intending to transfer to a four-year institution upon completion.

Career Examples

  • Visual Artist
  • Photographer
  • Editor
  • Designer
  • Illustrator
  • Fine Art Administrator
  • Art Director
  • Teaching Artist

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First Semester

ART 133 - Drawing

ART 120 - 2-D Design

ART 125 - Digital Media

ENG 105 - Composition I

MAT 157 - Statistics

Second Semester

ART 134 - Drawing II

ART 123 - 3-D Design

ART 143 - Painting

ENG 106 - Composition II

SOC 110 - Introduction to Sociology

Third Semester

ART 151 - Design I

ART 184 - Photography

ART 203 - Art History I

ENV 111 - Environmental Science

PSY 121 - Developmental Psychology

Fourth Semester

ART 204 - Art History II

ART 196 - Studio Practices I

HIS 111 - Western Civilization: Early Modern to Present

SPC 112 - Public Speaking

Total Semester Hours Required: 60.0


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Program Outcomes

Upon the successful completion of the program students will:

  • Communicate ideas effectively through visual media
  • Demonstrate competence in the process of creating visual art forms
  • Demonstrate practical and conceptual knowledge of the visual arts
  • Prepare a portfolio of finished artworks for entry into a transfer program

Program Disclaimers

  • Because career opportunities associated with this degree are so varied, salaries vary considerably as well. To explore careers and gather specific salary information, we encourage you to visit the following website: IHaveaPlanIowa