Jul 19, 2024  
2020 - 2021 CNM Catalog, Volume 52 
2020 - 2021 CNM Catalog, Volume 52 [The CNM Academic Year includes Fall, Spring, Summer Terms]

Fine Arts (AA), Art Studio Concentration

School of Communication, Humanities & Social Sciences (CHSS)

The Fine Arts program offers a rich variety of courses which are designed to acquaint students with the range of visual arts, elements of drawing and design, the history of art, as well as the important role which art and architecture play in society.

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Educational Option Information

  • This educational option is an  Associate of Arts Degree.
  • This educational option can be completed  Part-Time or Full-Time.
  • This educational option is designed for  meeting the requirements for an Associate of Fine Arts, with Concentration in Art Studio, from CNM and prepare a student to obtain a Bachelor of Fine Arts or related degree.
  • This educational option can be started any term.
  • Primary course location:  Main Campus, Westside Campus and Montoya Campus have full art studios.

Approximate Costs of this Educational Option

Financial Aid Considerations

Additional costs:

  • Students may be required to purchase materials for art studio courses.
  • This cost is approximately $300.

Educational Opportunities

The Associates Degree is an important milestone for student pursuing either a baccalaureate degree or a graduate degree in the field. Core requirements for the baccalaureate are met through completion of the CNM Associate of Arts degree.

Many of the courses in this program are transferable and some may be applied to four-year degree programs at other institutions. CNM currently has transfer agreements with many colleges and universities in New Mexico and elsewhere.


Career Opportunities

Sample Job Titles
  • Professional Artists/Craftsman
  • Museum Preparator
  • Gallery Attendant
  • Custom Framer
  • Art Supply Sales
  • Tattoo Artist
  • Sign Painter


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Term 2

Term 3

Term 4

Minimum Credit Hours Required to Complete Degree: 60

This information is meant to serve as a general guide for students intending to major in Art Studio. Specific requirements for transfer will vary from school to school. It is the student’s responsibility to contact the four year transfer school to confirm specific admission and degree requirements.

* ARTS 1220  and ARTS 1230  recommended for transfer to UNM for the BA or BFA Art Studio degree.

* * MATH 1140  recommended for transfer to UNM.

* * * HIST 1150  or HIST 1160  recommended for transfer to UNM.