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Fine & Performing Arts - Visual or Theatre Track


Define, refine and focus your creative abilities. The world should be your stage (or gallery), and your path to a successful career opening begins with Garrett.

Why Choose the Fine and Performing Arts Concentration?

Garrett College's Fine and Performing Arts concentration is ideal for students interested in studying arts, music, or theater. Students will earn an Associate in Arts degree before transferring to a four-year college or university to complete a bachelor’s degree.

The Fine and Performing Arts program provides a balanced repertoire of classroom and hands-on instruction to help define, refine and focus creative skills while establishing a solid and broad base of knowledge. Within the Fine and Performing Arts concentration, students have the option of following a Visual Arts or Theatre pathway.

Degree Awarded

Garrett College awards an Arts and Sciences Associate in Arts (AA) degree to graduates of the Fine and Performing Arts concentration.

Program Goals

Information Literacy Skills: Students will be able to recognize when artistic research is needed and have the ability to locate, evaluate, and effectively use the information.

Communication Skills: Students will be able to present or perform artistic ideas in written, visual, and oral formats.

Critical Analysis and Reasoning Skills: Students will be able to critique and/or create works of art within two areas of concentration in the Fine Arts: Music, Art, or Theatre.

Information Management Skills: Students will demonstrate the ability to use a variety of print and electronic sources for research, communication, and practical application, and to effectively collect, organize, and synthesize this information to display meaningful results.

Academic and Technical Proficiency in the Major: Artistic proficiency in the student’s area of concentration will be demonstrated through portfolio or performance. Students will be prepared to transfer to 4-year institutions.

Program Benefits

Students in the Fine and Performing Arts program gain a broad range of knowledge in the following areas:

  • Experienced instruction
  • Hands-on learning
  • Live performance creation and participation
  • Class trips to regional professional performances, studios, and galleries
  • Professional guest speakers

The College features an art studio as well as a gallery to display student work and visiting exhibitions. The Garrett College auditorium is used for instruction and production of plays, concerts, and other performances. The auditorium is also the main venue for the Garrett Lakes Arts Festival, the largest presenter of performing arts and arts education in Garrett County.

Career Goals

Garrett's Fine and Performing Arts program prepares you to transfer to a four-year institution and pursue a career in any of the following general or specialty fields:

  • Stage or Theater Manager
  • Gallery Manager
  • Actor
  • Vocalist
  • Musician
  • Artist, Illustrator
  • Dramatherapy
  • Music therapy
  • Art Therapy
  • Script writer and editor
  • Stage Design
  • Printmaking

Fine and Performing Arts Concentration - Arts & Sciences A.A. Degree

Total Credit Hours Required 60

Institutional Requirement (1 credit)

  • FYE101  First Year Experience  1

GER Required Credits (22 credits)

English Composition

  • ENG101  Comp I—Expos Writing  3
    Min. C grade required

Arts and Humanities

  • SPC101  Intro to Communication  3
  • GER  Literature CourseG  3
  • GER  Humanities CourseG  3

Social and Behavioral Sciences

  • GER  Two (2) Soc & Behavioral Science CoursesG  6

Science

  • GER  Two (2) Science CoursesG
    (at least one must be a lab course)
      7

Mathematics

  • MAT105  College Algebra
    or  MAT210  Introductory Statistics 3

Interdisciplinary/Emerging Issues

  • CIS105  Intro to Computers  3

Concentration Courses (18 credits)

Note: Students have the option to select either the Visual Arts Track or the Theatre Track

Visual Arts Track

  • ART101  Basic Design I  3
  • ART102  Basic Design II  3
  • ART201  Drawing I  3
  • ART206  Painting I  3
  • ART207  Ceramics I  3
  • THE104  Fund Tech of Theatre: Stagecraft  3

Theater Track

  • ART201  Drawing I  3
  • THE101  Intro to the Theatre  3
  • THE104  Fund Tech of Theatre: Stagecraft  3
  • THE105  Fundamentals of Acting I  3
  • THE204  Intro to Stage Design  3
  • THE  Any THE course(s)  3

Electives (10 credits)

Choose courses after consultation with advisor.

G GER Courses must be on the Approved General Education Course list.