Common course content has always been assumed in the Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board / Texas Association of Schools of Art Transfer Core, but faculty charged with analyzing student transcripts rarely have had the opportunity to examine equivalent courses, student outcomes or assessment methods. In addition, the issue of formalized student outcomes has become a critical issue for institutions seeking to maintain their accreditation with the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools (SACS). TASA has standardized course titles and course descriptions, and a common course numbering system is in use by most institutions across the state.

In an effort to create a situation where courses with a common course number and the same name might be regarded as generally equivalent, it seemed reasonable to assemble the ideas of the association into a set of expectations for each course. To this end, the Board of Directors of the Texas Association of Schools of Art charged its Academic Affairs Committee with the task and a select committee was created. Its members were drawn from two- and four- year schools from across the state. The objective of the committee was to create a set of suggested student outcomes for each of the studio and lecture courses listed in the TASA Transfer Core.

In addition to the committee's excellent work, every effort was made to secure responses from a broad cross-section of the faculty involved in the development and teaching of the individual courses. Draft documents were circulated to all member schools. Participation and input was encouraged on all levels. Each outline represents a consensus document that expresses the ideas and concerns of the faculty in the various disciplines across the state.

The Committee recognizes that most schools of art in the state already have well-formed ideas of what each of the core courses should be and do. This study is simply an effort to document the substance of those ideas and pass them on to departments seeking to enhance the viability and transfer-ability of their curriculum. The outcomes are to be used at the discretion of the various institutions. They can be an effective guide for members in developing their own individual course syllabus. It should be noted that the enclosed documents are not designed to serve any accreditation function. The Texas Association of Schools of Art is not an accrediting agency and has resisted all efforts over the years to impose that role on the organization.

Jim Wogstad, Chairman
Academic Affairs Committee
Professor, San Antonio College

The Chairman would like to acknowledge the following committee members for their diligent and caring work: Mark Anderson, Richard Arredondo, Karmien Bowman, Glen Brown, Susan Budge, Jayne Duryea, Lisa Ehrich, Linda Fawcett, Frank Hein, Joel Knocke, Karen Roberson Powell, Mark Pritchett, Anita Rogers, Brian Rowe, Tom Willome, Tom Wilson and Susan Witta-Kemph. A special note of thanks to Jon D. Wink for his input and to all of the members of the organization who put pen to paper and shared their ideas with us.

The Transfer Curriculum in the Visual Arts

TEXAS ASSOCIATION OF SCHOOLS OF ART
VISUAL ARTS TRANSFER COURSE ROSTER

The following roster of courses consists of all ARTS courses currently approved by the Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board for transfer from Lower Division programs to Upper Division programs in Texas. 
Courses preceded by an asterisk (*) indicates the course is one of the fifteen most taught Lower Division ARTS courses in the roster from the TASA Summary of Courses 2006-2007.*
It is the responsibility of the student and advisors to check with the Upper Division institution receiving the transfer for verification of transfer into their program.
Questions or issues concerning transfer of courses should first be addressed to the receiving institution, and to the transferring college or university.  Also refer to the THECB LOWER DIVISION ACADEMIC COURSE GUIDE MANUAL RULE §4.24 General Provisions;  §4.25 Requirements and Limitations; RULE §4.26 Penalty for Noncompliance with Transfer Rules; and RULE §4.27 Resolution of Transfer Disputes for Lower-Division Courses.
http://www.thecb.state.tx.us//AAR/UndergraduateEd/WorkforceEd/acgm.htm

NOTE: The numbers listed in this Roster aren't the most recent posted in the THECB Academic Course Guide Manual.  The numbers are consistent with earlier numbers except for the last two digits which is a reflection of current phase of catalogue listings.

TASA Visual Arts Transfer Course Roster (PDF) (RTF)

ARTS (Studio Art & Art History)
*ARTS 1301... Art Appreciation ................................................................................ 50.0703.51 26
Exploration of purposes and processes in the visual arts including evaluation of selected works.

*ARTS 1303... Art History I........................................................................................ 50.0703.52 26    
*ARTS 1304... Art History II....................................................................................... 50.0703.52 26
Examination of painting, sculpture, architecture, and other arts from prehistoric to present time.

*ARTS 1311... Design I   (2-dimensional) ..................................................................... 50.0401.53 26
*ARTS 1312... Design II (3-dimensional)  ..................................................................... 50.0401.53 26
Elements and principles of art using two- and three-dimensional concepts.

ARTS 1213..... Foundations of Art (2 SCH version) ....................................................... 50.0701.51 26
ARTS 1313..... Foundations of Art (3 SCH version) ....................................................... 50.0701.51 26
ARTS 1413..... Foundations of Art (4 SCH version) ......................................................  50.0701.51 26
Introduction to the creative media designed to enhance artistic awareness and sensitivity through the
creative and imaginative use of art materials and tools. Includes art history and culture through the
exploration of a variety of art works with an emphasis on aesthetic judgment and growth.

*ARTS 1316.... Drawing I   ........................................................................................ 50.0705.52 26
*ARTS 1317.... Drawing II........................................................................................ 50.0705.52 26
Investigation of drawing media and techniques including descriptive and expressive possibilities.

ARTS 1320..... Interior Design I................................................................................ 50.0408.51 26
ARTS 1321..... Interior Design II............................................................................... 50.0408.51 26
Studio course in interior design. Includes instruction in professional techniques of designing the interiors
of homes, offices, and industrial buildings.

ARTS 1325..... Drawing & Painting ............................................................................. 50.0708.51 26
Drawing and painting for non-art majors.

*ARTS 2311.... Design III ........................................................................................... 50.0401.53 26
ARTS 2312..... Design IV ........................................................................................... 50.0401.53 26
Elements and principles of art using two- and three-dimensional concepts. (may be 2-D, 3-D, color, or
combinations thereof)

ARTS 2313..... Design Communications I .....................................................................  50.0401.51 26
ARTS 2314..... Design Communications II...................................................................  50.0401.51 26
Communication of ideas through processes and techniques of graphic design and illustration. 

*ARTS 2316.... Painting I.......................................................................................... 50.0708.52 26
*ARTS 2317.... Painting II......................................................................................... 50.0708.52 26
Exploration of ideas using painting media and techniques.

*ARTS 2323.... Life Drawing I   (3rd semester drawing) .................................................. 50.0705.53 26
ARTS 2324..... Life Drawing II (4th semester drawing) ................................................... 50.0705.53 26
Basic study of the human form.

*ARTS 2326.... Sculpture I....................................................................................... 50.0709.51 26
ARTS 2327..... Sculpture II ....................................................................................... 50.0709.51 26
Exploration of ideas using sculpture media and techniques.

*ARTS 2333.... Printmaking I.................................................................................... 50.0710.51 26
ARTS 2334..... Printmaking II .................................................................................... 50.0710.51 26
Exploration of ideas using various printmaking processes.

ARTS 2336..... Fiber Arts I ....................................................................................... 50.0712.51 26
ARTS 2337..... Fiber Arts II..................................................................................... 50.0712.51 26
Structure and design of woven and non-woven fiber forms.

ARTS 2341..... Art Metals I..................................................................................... 50.0713.51 26
ARTS 2342..... Art Metals II ..................................................................................... 50.0713.51 26
Exploration of ideas using basic techniques in jewelry and metal construction.

*ARTS 2346... Ceramics I.......................................................................................... 50.0711.51 26
ARTS 2347..... Ceramics II ....................................................................................... 50.0711.51 26
Exploration of ideas using basic ceramic processes.

ARTS 2348..... Digital Art I........................................................................................ 50.0402.51 26
ARTS 2349..... Digital Art II ...................................................................................... 50.0402.51 26
Studio art courses that explore the potential of the computer hardware and software
medium for their visual, conceptual, and practical uses in the visual arts.

 *ARTS 2356.... Photography I (fine arts emphasis) ..................................................... 50.0605.51 26
(Also see COMM 1318 for journalism emphasis)   Introduction to the basics of photography. 
Includes camera operation, techniques, knowledge of chemistry, and presentation skills.
Emphasis on design, history, and contemporary trends as a means of developing an
understanding of photographic aesthetics.
(Cross-listed, with journalism emphasis, as COMM 1318)

ARTS 2357.... Photography II (fine arts emphasis) ................................................... 50.0605.52 26
(Also see COMM 1319 for journalism emphasis) 
Extends the students' knowledge of technique and guides them in developing personal
outlooks toward specific applications of the photographic process. Prerequisite:
Photography I or itsequivalent. 
(Cross-listed, with journalism emphasis, as OMM 1319)

ARTS 2366.... Watercolor I ....................................................................................  50.0708.53 26
ARTS 2367.... Watercolor II .................................................................................... 50.0708.53 26
Exploration of ideas using water-based painting media and techniques.

ARTS 2289..... Academic Cooperative (2 SCH version) ................................................. 24.0103.52 12
ARTS 2389..... Academic Cooperative (3 SCH version) ................................................. 24.0103.52 12
An instructional program designed to integrate on-campus study with practical hands-on work experience. In conjunction with class seminars, the individual student will set specific goals and objectives in the study of studio art and/or art history.

Transfer of Lower-Division Course Credit

The following procedures are established in the Texas Administrative Code, Title 19, Chapter 4, Subchapter B, Section 4.27 of the Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board rule pertaining to transfer of lower-division course credit.

4.27. Resolution of Transfer Disputes for Lower-Division Courses.
(a) The following procedures shall be followed by public institutions of higher education in the resolution of credit transfer disputes involving lower-division courses:

(1) If an institution of higher education does not accept course credit earned by a student at another institution of higher education, the receiving institution shall give written notice to the student and to the sending institution that transfer of the course credit is denied, and shall include in that notice the reasons for denying the credit.
(2) A student who receives notice as specified in paragraph (1) of this subsection may dispute the denial of credit by contacting a designated official at either the sending or the receiving institution.
(3) The two institutions and the student shall attempt to resolve the transfer of the course credit in accordance with Board rules and guidelines.
(4) If the transfer dispute is not resolved to the satisfaction of the student or the sending institution within 45 days after the date the student received written notice of denial, the sending institution may notify the Commissioner in writing of the request for transfer dispute resolution, and the institution that denies the course credit for transfer shall notify the Commissioner in writing of its denial and the reasons for the denial.

(b) The Commissioner or the Commissioner’s designee shall make the final determination about a dispute concerning the transfer of course credit and give written notice of the determination to the involved student and institutions.
(c) Each institution of higher education shall publish in its course catalogs the procedures specified in subsections (a), (b), (d), and (e) of this section.
(d) The Board shall collect data on the types of transfer disputes that are reported and the disposition of each case that is considered by the commissioner or the Commissioner’s designee.
(e) If a receiving institution has cause to believe that a course being presented by a student for transfer from another school is not of an acceptable level of quality, it should first contact the sending institution and attempt to resolve the problem. In the event that the two institutions are unable to come to a satisfactory resolution, the receiving institution may notify the Commissioner, who may investigate the course. If its quality is found to be unacceptable, the Board may discontinue funding for the course.

Suggested Student Outcomes for Core Courses

As approved by the Texas Association Of Schools of Art (TASA) and the Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board (THECB). First adopted on December 1, 1972. Reviewed and updated January 29, 1982. This revised curriculum was approved by the TASA membership in April, 2000.

SUGGESTED STUDENT OUTCOMES FOR CORE COURSES (Click to download PDF)

Art Metals 1

Art Metals 2

Ceramics 1

Ceramics 2

Design Communications 1

Design Communications 2

Design 1

Design 2

Design 3

Design 4

Digital Art 1

Digital Art 2

Drawing 1

Drawing 2

 

Abbreviations:

FTC=Freshman Transfer Core
STC=Sophomore Transfer Core
TCCN=Texas Common Course Number
THECB CIB=Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board Approval Number

ART APPRECIATION FTC TCCN 1301 THECB CIB 5007035130

ART HISTORY I FTC TCCN 1303 THECB CIB 5007035230
ART HISTORY II FTC TCCN 1304 THECB CIB 5007035230

ART METALS I STC TCCN 2341 THECB CIB 5007135130
ART METALS II STC TCCN 2342 THECB CIB 5007135130

CERAMICS I STC TCCN 2346 THECB CIB 5007115130
CERAMICS II STC TCCN 2347 THECB CIB 5007115130

DIGITAL ART I STC TCCN ARTS 2348 THECB CIB 50.0402.5126
DIGITAL ART II STC TCCN ARTS 2349 THECB CIB 50.0402.5126

DESIGN COMMUNICATIONS I STC TCCN 2313 THECB CIB 5004015130
DESIGN COMMUNICATIONS II STC TCCN 2314 THECB CIB 5004015130

DESIGN I FTC TCCN 1311 THECB CIB 5004015330
DESIGN II FTC TCCN 1312 THECB CIB 5004015330
DESIGN III STC TCCN 2311 THECB CIB 5004015330
DESIGN IV STC TCCN-none THECB CIB - none

DRAWING I FTC TCCN 1316 THECB CIB 5007055230
DRAWING II FTC TCCN 1317 THECB CIB 5007055230
DRAWING III STC TCCN 2323 THECB CIB 5007055330
DRAWING IV STC TCCN 2324 THECB CIB 5007055330

FIBERS I STC TCCN - none THECB CIB 5007125130
FIBERS II STC TCCN - none THECB CIB 5007125130

INTERIOR DESIGN I STC TCCN 1320 THECB CIB 5004085130
INTERIOR DESIGN II STC TCCN 1321 THECB CIB 5004085130

PAINTING I STC TCCN 2316 THECB CIB 5007085230
PAINTING II STC TCCN 2317 THECB CIB 5007085230

PHOTOGRAPHY I STC TCCN 2356 THECB CIB 5006055130
PHOTOGRAPHY II STC TCCN 2357 THECB CIB 5006055230

PRINTMAKING I STC TCCN 2333 THECB CIB 5007105130
PRINTMAKING II STC TCCN 2334 THECB CIB 5007105130

PROBLEMS IN CONTEMPORARY ART STC TCCN-none THECB CIB 5007035330

SCULPTURE I STC TCCN 2326 THECB CIB 5007095130
SCULPTURE II STC TCCN 2327 THECB CIB 5007095130

WATERCOLOR I STC TCCN 2366 THECB CIB 5007085330
WATERCOLOR II STC TCCN 2367 THECB CIB 5007085330