Catalog Year 2017/2018
 

The study of Arts and Humanities is the study of how human beings understand, express, and experience themselves and their culture.  It includes language, literature, writing, art, theater, music, communications, digital media, and philosophy. Through the study of these disciplines, we learn how to think critically, independently, and imaginatively, how to understand the complexity of the world we live in and imagine a better one, and how to communicate effectively the variety of human experiences that define our individual and interconnected lives.   The Associate of Arts in Arts & Humanities introduces students to a broad array of the Arts and Humanities, and prepares students to transfer to four-year institutions in Arts and Humanities disciplines.

Faculty in the Arts & Humanities emphasize both traditional and digital literacy related to the diverse human condition and experience, as well as provide hands-on learning in both the classroom and a variety of art studios including pottery, film and music. Students develop their talents through the guidance of experienced instructors who are practicing artists and professionals in their areas of specialization.  

Program Contacts

Kathy Brooks
Chair: Communications, Humanities, Art Department
301-846-2635
F-134
 
Karen Santelli
Academic Office Manager: Communications, Humanities, Art Department
301-846-2512
F-143
 
Frederick Cope
Chair: English Department
301-846-2584
H-271
 
Cheryl Peterson
Academic Office Manager: English Department
301-846-2600
H-243
 
A student declares an A.A. in Arts and Humanities to explore a wide array of Arts and Humanities disciplines to help them identify a specific field of interest before they transfer. Students who transfer to a bachelor’s degree in the Arts and Humanities will have taken courses that are likely to relate to their chosen four-year major. It is also the preferred degree option for students who wish to transfer in a field where FCC does not currently offer a formal credential, including (but not limited to) Africana Studies, Arabic Studies, Asian Studies, Creative Writing, Film Studies, Media & Communication Studies, Modern Languages & Linguistics, Philosophy, Religious Studies, or Spanish Language, Literature, and Cultures. 

Some students will choose an approved Area of Concentration, while others will explore the Arts and Humanities more generally.
 
Art
Communications (Speech)
English
Film and Video Production
Graphic Design
Music
Theater
 
The A.A. in Arts and Humanities is also an ideal degree for students interested in earning an A.A. degree alongside the certificate in American Sign Language Studies, or for preparing to enter the Sign Language interpreter Program.
 
Growth Potential & Estimated Salaries
The growth potential and salaries for Arts & Humanities majors will vary according to the major they transfer into upon graduation.  FCC’s Career and Transfer Center can provide guidance and wage estimates for specific transfer goals.    For information on salaries, minimum educational requirements, and growth rates for specific jobs search the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics Occupational
Outlook Handbook at www.bls.gov/ooh. The median annual wage for professionals with their terminal degree in the Arts and Humanities are as follows:

Announcers: $30,830
Art Directors: $89,820
Broadcast and Sound Engineering Technicians: $42,550
Craft and Fine Artists: $ 48,780
Editors: $57,210
Film and Video Editors and Camera Operators: $59,040
Graphic Designers: $47.640
Interpreters and Translators: $46,120
Multimedia Artists and Animators: $65,300
Public Relations Specialists: $58.020
Technical Writers: $69,850
Writers and Authors: $61,240 
 
Counseling and Advising Services
Students in the Arts & Humanities major use the resources of FCC’s Counseling and Advising and Career and Transfer Centers to make decisions about curriculum pathways, transfer planning, and more. Students explore, make decisions, prepare, and move on with the help of trained and caring advisors.
 
Transfer Note
The program can be completed in two years when students take an average of fifteen credits a semester, however many FCC students successfully complete the program part-time.  Students should meet regularly with an FCC advisor to select courses, since each transfer college and major may require different General Education and elective courses.  The program is flexible enough that students are able to transfer to a wide variety of schools across the country.  Recently, top transfer schools include The University of Maryland – College Park, Towson University, Salisbury University, Shepherd University, The University of Maryland – University College, and Hood College.
 
Financial Assistance
Tuition and fees at FCC is significantly less expensive that tuition at four-year schools; often as much as $6,000 less expensive every semester (even before room and board costs). FCC allows tuition payments to be spread over a semester for students who sign up for the College’s payment plan.  Scholarship and loan assistance is available for those students who are eligible.  Friendly financial aid counselors help students and families navigate the process of applying for and managing financial aid and scholarships.
 
Curriculum
  • Students must complete credit English and Mathematics within the first 24 credits.
  • One general education course must meet the cultural competence graduation requirement (list page 43).
  • CORE: The General Education CORE (page 42) is that foundation of the higher education curriculum providing a coherent intellectual experience for all students. Students should check with an advisor or the transfer institution (ARTSYS) before selecting General Education CORE requirements. http://artsys.usmd.edu/
  • Students must take a minimum of nine credits at the 200-level.
 
Course  Credits
English
 
EN 101–English Composition  3
Mathematics
 
Mathematics Elective (GenEd course list) 3/4
Social & Behavioral Sciences Two courses selected from different disciplines
 
Social & Behavioral Sciences Electives (GenEd course list)   6
Arts & Humanities Three Gen Ed courses, one selected from each area:
 
Arts Elective (GenEd course list)   3
Humanities Elective (GenEd course list)  3
Communications Elective (GenEd course list)   3
Biological & Physical Sciences  Two courses, one of which must be a lab course
 
Biological & Physical Sciences Elective (GenEd course list) 7/8
General Education Elective Select from GenEd course list
 
General Education Elective (GenEd course list) 3

PE/Health Requirement 

1/3
Electives  
 
Take a minimum of 15 credits from the Arts & Humanities disciplines below.  A minimum of six credits must be in the same discipline. It is imperative that students consult with an advisor before registering to maximize transfer of coursework. 
AR Art MU Music
ASLS American Sign Language Studies PH Philosophy
CMSP Speech Communications THR   Theater
CMM Digital Media Design ID Interdisciplinary
EN English Literature   World Languages
HU Humanities    
  • Students majoring in an Area of Concentration will follow the curriculum for their major (Art –Communications (Speech), English, Film & Video Production, Graphic Design, Music, Theatre).
  • Students majoring in the Associate of Arts in Arts & Humanities without an Area of Concentration should follow the curriculum outlined above.











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Total

60
Arts and Humanities Student Learning Outcomes
  1. Students will demonstrate understanding of major findings and ideas in Art, Communications, Digital Media, English, Philosophy, Languages, Music, or Theater;
  2. Students will effectively communicate (verbally, artistically, and in writing);
  3. Students will be prepared to enter transfer institutions in Arts & Humanities fields; and 
  4. Students will demonstrate critical and creative thinking skills in Arts and Humanities disciplines.

Communications Area of Concentration
Students will be able to:
  1. Modify verbal and nonverbal communication appropriately given the purpose and the context of the communication.
  2. Plan, prepare, and deliver a well-organized, logical oral presentation that demonstrates critical thinking skills.
  3. Use appropriate presentation techniques (e.g. maintain eye contact, modulate voice, avoid distracting mannerisms, etc.)
  4. Employ appropriate discussion, negotiation, conflict resolution, and cooperation skills to work with people from a variety of experiences and backgrounds in the community and the workplace.
  5. Apply relevant criteria and standards when evaluating information, claims and arguments.
  6. Use appropriate reasoning to evaluate problems, make decisions, and formulate solutions.
  7. Demonstrate appropriate methods of integrating and documenting outside sources.
  8. Demonstrate effective listening behaviors in both interpersonal and group situations.
 
English Area of Concentration
Upon completion of the English Area of Concentration, students will be able to:.             
  1. Collect, evaluate, use, and document research from a variety of sources for various purposes, including the construction of an argument.
  2. Produce presentations and documents that are clear, concise, substantive, and grammatically standard.
  3. Recognize, identify, and evaluate major literary techniques, terms, and trends.
  4. Demonstrate cultural awareness through writing, speaking, and literary analysis.
 
Film & Video Production
Students will be able to
  1. Demonstrate proficiency in use of current industry standard software.
  2. Produce works of digital and interactive art in a variety of media.
  3. Demonstrate and appreciate the creative/problem solving process through research, development and execution of digital media.
  4. Comprehend the responsibilities associated with professional behavior by participating in an internship.
  5. Enhance skills as critical thinkers, effective problem solvers and effective ethical communicators who demonstrate professional behaviors consistent with industry standards.
  6. Demonstrate their ability to plan, produce and edit digital productions that reflect an awareness of current visual and interactive media standards appropriate for entry or intermediate level professional work.
  7. Demonstrate current digital media skills, procedures and techniques that will enable them to function successfully as entry-level employees in a professional production facility
 
Graphic Design
Students will be able to:
  1. Demonstrate proficiency in use of current industry standard software.
  2. Produce works of digital and interactive art in a variety of media.
  3. Demonstrate and appreciate the creative/problem solving process through research, development and execution of digital media.
  4. Comprehend the responsibilities associated with professional behavior by participating in an internship.
  5. Enhance skills as critical thinkers, effective problem solvers and effective ethical communicators who demonstrate professional behaviors consistent with industry standards.
  6. Demonstrate their ability to plan, produce and edit digital productions that reflect an awareness of current visual and interactive media standards appropriate for entry or intermediate level professional work.
  7. Demonstrate current digital media skills, procedures and techniques that will enable them to function successfully as entry-level employees in a professional production facility.
 
Music Area of Concentration
Students will be able to:
  1. Perform as a soloist in a manner that is both musically expressive and technically proficient.
  2. Interpret a variety of styles, periods and genres according to recognized standards of performance practice.
  3. Perform in collaboration with other musicians, using appropriate performance and stage presence techniques.
  4. Demonstrate keyboard proficiency, including mastery of scales, triads, chord progressions, and figured bass.
  5. Sing tonal melodies that contain chromatic writing, modulations, and differentiated rhythmic values.
  6. Transcribe from an aural source material of intermediate melodic, harmonic and rhythmic complexity.
  7. Master current musical software programs (Sibelius and/or Finale), including ability to compose or arrange music.
 
Theatre Area of Concentration
Students will be able to:
  1. Understand the historical context of theatre and drama, including its relationship to contemporary society and culture.
  2. Demonstrate an introductory practical, working knowledge of how to produce a play on stage, including all related performance, script, design, and technical aspects.
  3. Critically differentiate and evaluate what they and other have created.
  4. Gain experience with individual and collaborative processes needed to produce and understand theatre.
The program can be completed in two years when students take an average of fifteen credits a semester, however many FCC students successfully complete the program part-time.  Students should meet regularly with an FCC advisor to select courses, since each transfer college and major may require different General Education and elective courses.  The program is flexible enough that students are able to transfer to a wide variety of schools across the country.  Recently, top transfer schools include The University of Maryland – College Park, Towson University, Salisbury University, Shepherd University, The University of Maryland – University College, and Hood College.