Fine Arts Transfer Major

The Fine Arts Transfer Major provides the first two years of a four-year curriculum for students who wish to specialize in fine arts, including painting, ceramics, textiles, jewelry, sculpture, metals, photography, and drawing. With an associate degree, students may pursue a career as a practicing artist. With a bachelor’s or graduate degree in fine arts, students may also pursue a career in museums, galleries, community-based art organizations, or art instruction.

Earn your Associate in Arts (AA) degree in Fine Arts before transferring to a regent university (University of Northern Iowa) to complete your bachelor’s degree. Completion of an AA degree at Iowa Lakes will satisfy the required general education prerequisites at the regent of your choosing. Gain knowledge in introductory fine arts courses such as Drawing, Art History, and 2-D Design.

By earning this degree, you’ll have met the general course requirements for a specific major of a four-year institution and a transfer major recorded on your transcripts from Iowa Lakes. Requirements may vary among institutions so students should work with an advisor to become familiar with specific requirements of the institution which they plan to transfer.

To earn a Transfer Major Degree, a student must complete all required coursework of that specific major and maintain a 2.0 GPA or higher.

Color your future with a two-year Fine Arts Transfer Major degree. You have a goal … we have the plan. APPLY TODAY!

Faculty Contact

John Leopold
Professor | Art
712-362-7975 |

Program Details


DEGREE: Associate of Arts (64 credits)

CAMPUS: Estherville

Did You Know?

First Year University GPA: 2.63

Average Retention One Year After Transferring to a Regent University: 78%

Average University Graduation Rates Three Years After Entry to a Regent University: 56%


Term 1

Credits: 3

The course uses a variety of approaches and techniques to develop and enhance the student’s drawing skills. Exploration and experimentation with alternative drawing materials and methods will be strongly encouraged and supported.

Credits: 3

Art History I is a survey of art history from the Paleolithic period to the Renaissance period.  General artistic trends from each period and specific styles and innovations will be introduced and compared with the individual cultures and lifestyles of the people(s) involved.

Credits: 3

CSC-110 is an introductory course that surveys a variety of topics to include history, hardware, software, terminology, com­munications, computer ethics, and societal impact of computers. In addition to computer literacy, students will complete hands-on modules using operating systems, word processing, database, presentation, and spreadsheet software; such as Microsoft Office programs.

Credits: 3

Emphasis on expository and argumentative writings including a review of usage and mechanics.

Prerequisites: Satisfactory score on the ACT, Accuplacer, ASSET,COMPASS as determined by Iowa Lakes policy

Credits: 1

Students master the academic and personal skills needed to suc­ceed in higher education and in life. Content will cover academic, communication and life management skills. Goal setting, time management, note taking, test taking and how to be a lifelong learner will also be covered.

Math: 3 credits

Term 2

Credits: 3

The course is a continuation of ART-133 designed to continue the development and enhancement of the student’s drawing skills.  Further exploration and experimentation with alternative drawing materials and methods will be encouraged.

Prerequisites: ART 133 – Drawing

Credits: 3

Art History II is a survey of art history from the Renaissance period to the Post-Modern period. General artistic trends from each period and specific styles and innovations will be introduced and compared with the individual cultures and lifestyles of the people(s) involved.

Credits: 3

Continuation of ENG 105 with emphasis on research and docu­mentation as well as literary analysis.

Prerequisites: ENG 105 – Composition I

Math: 3 credits
Social Science: 3 credits

Term 3

Credits: 4

This foundation course focuses on the general knowledge and essential skills used in creating two dimensional designs. Fundamental design concepts including the use of the elements and principles of design, along with color theory, are introduced through a variety of hands-on-experiences.

Credits: 3

The fundamentals course develops the basic skills involved in a variety of communication situations, including oral presentations and interpersonal speaking.  Emphasis is placed on organization, audience analysis, vocal and physical delivery, listening, nonverbal communication, critical thinking, and methods of dealing with communication apprehension through class discussion and activities.

Credits: 3

This course examines both the theoretical and practical basis of speech communication, particularly public speaking. Emphasis is placed on speech preparation, organization, support, delivery, and audience analysis.

Credits: 3

Examines how humans communicate in one-on-one situations through personal and professional relationships.

Choose SPC 101, SPC 112, or SPC 122
Humanities: 3 credits
Science: 4 credits
Elective: 3 credits

Term 4

Credits: 3

3-D Design is an introductory art course for both art and non-art majors. Topics include an overview of elements, principles, strategies, materials and processes relevant to the interpretation and execution of three-dimensional compositions.

Science: 4 credits
Social Science: 6 credits
Elective: 3 credits