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Degree Requirements

Degree Requirements (63 credits)

*See complete degree information on the transfer pages.

The 63 semester credits required for the Associate in Arts, Fine Arts - Art degree follow.  See the list titled MCCCD Courses That Can Be used to Satisfy MCCCD AGEC-A, AGEC-B, and/or AGEC-S for specific course information via the following website: This list identifies the courses in alpha-order by prefix as well as the Core Areas and Awareness Areas where the course will apply.  For purposes of clarifying requirements in the Mathematics and Natural Sciences areas on the list and the AGEC requirements, an A, B, and/or S character may follow the [MA], [SQ], [SG] general education designations and refers to the specific AGEC.

I. MCCCD General Education. The MCCCD General Education includes two areas: 

  • MCCCD AGEC-A (Credits: 35)
  • MCCCD Additional Requirements. (Credits 0-6)

II. Fine Arts Requirements – Art (Credits:  28)


  1. Core Areas: Credits: 35  

    The lecture course(s) selected for Natural Sciences must include or be accompanied by the corresponding laboratory course.  The lecture and corresponding laboratory course(s) may carry separate credit. 

    Students should consult with an advisor for appropriate course selection.  Students should also access the AZ Course Equivalency

    Guide (CEG) within the AZ Course Applicability System (AZCAS) for information on equivalencies.

                2.   Awareness Areas:   Credits:  0

    Students must satisfy two Awareness Areas:  Cultural Diversity in the United States [C] and either Global Awareness [G] or Historical Awareness [H]. However, it is not necessary for students to exceed thirty-five semester credits to complete the Awareness Areas because courses can satisfy a Core Area and one or two Awareness Areas simultaneously. Therefore no additional semester credits are required to satisfy the two Awareness Areas.

    Cultural Diversity in the United States [C]


    Global Awareness [G] OR

    Historical Awareness [H]

    1. First-Year Composition [FYC]:  Credits: 6
    2. Literacy and Critical Inquiry [L]:  Credits: 3
    3. Mathematical Studies [MA/CS]:  Credits:  6  To complete the Mathematical Studies requirement, select one course to satisfy Mathematics [MA] A and a second course from Computer/Statistics/Quantitative Applications [CS]. 
      1. Mathematics [MA] A (3 credits) Select a course in college mathematics or college algebra or pre-calculus or any other mathematics course for which college algebra is a prerequisite. AND
      2. Computer/Statistics/Quantitative Applications [CS] (3 credits)
    4. Humanities and Fine Arts [HU]:  Credits:  6   Students are encouraged to choose course work from more than one discipline for a total of six semester credits. Select the following:          Credits ARH101  Prehistoric Through Gothic Art  (3 credits)
    5. Social and Behavioral Sciences [SB]:  Credits:  6 Students are encouraged to choose course work from more than one discipline for a total of six semester credits.
    6. Natural Sciences [SQ/SG]:  Credits:  8   To complete the Natural Sciences requirement:  Select four (4) semester credits of  [SQ] and four (4) semester credits of  [SG] for a total of eight (8) semester credits, OR eight (8) semester credits of [SQ]. Students cannot take eight (8) semester credits of [SG] to meet the Natural Sciences requirement.