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Art History

About the Art History Pathway 

This pathway is designed for students that wish to obtain an Associate of Arts Direct-Transfer Agreement (AA-DTA) degree with an emphasis in Art History. Completion of this pathway provides a visual and historical analysis of objects made throughout time. In lectures, discussions, and online content, students discover the broader context that surround works of art, design, and architecture, providing an understanding of why these objects were made, what they represent, and how they can tell us stories of humanity. Courses in Art History prepare students for transferring into an Art History major and satisfy Art History requirements for students entering into a Studio Art major.

North Seattle College's Art Program provides a solid foundation in visual art that emphasizes craft, concept, and critical analysis. North's art faculty are all accomplished, exhibiting studio artists with a passion for teaching and connecting the classroom to the local and national arts scenes. Students can choose from a variety of affordable classes including ceramics, drawing, painting, digital art, digital photography, 2-D and 3-D design, printmaking, book arts, mural art, jewelry, metal design, sculpture, and art history as well as art business. In addition to our course offerings, North offers a robust visual culture that includes a contemporary art gallery, a student exhibition space, visiting artist lecture series, and a student-led art group. While in the program, students have many opportunities to gain professional experience as working artists including showcasing and selling art, installing, exhibiting, and documenting work, and submitting to literary and arts publications. Every AFA graduate leaves with a curated portfolio of their work and is prepared for transfer as well as other professional opportunities in a creative economy. North emphasizes health and safety best practices in the studio.

Associate Transfer Degrees

Associate Transfer Degrees: Two-year transfer degrees let you take your freshman and sophomore classes at Seattle Colleges for a fraction of the cost, and then transfer to a four-year university with the skills and confidence to succeed. Be sure to work with a transfer advisor at Seattle Colleges and the four-year institution you plan to attend.

Depending on your program pathway, you can earn either an Associate of Fine Arts, Associate of Arts (AA-DTA), Associate in Business (AB-DTA), or Associate of Science (AS), general, Track 1 or Track 2.

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Program Pathway Map 

Program Pathways are a series of courses and experiences carefully selected to help you earn your credential and prepare for your career or university transfer.  Program Pathway Maps guide you through quarter-by-quarter coursework, indicate when you’ll need to complete important steps, and describe popular careers in this pathway.  Some course sequences or recommended courses can be customized or adjusted by speaking with an advisor.  

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Career Opportunities

  • Art Historian
  • Arts Writer
  • Museum & Gallery Curators
  • Gallery/Museum Assistants
  • Arts Administrators
  • Educators
  • Arts Consultant 8. Small Business Owners/Entrepreneurs

A Bachelor's degree or higher may be required for some careers listed above. For current employment and wage estimates, please visit https://www.bls.gov/oes/.

Future Education Opportunities

Once you complete the AA DTA degree, additional education opportunities include:

  • Bachelor of Arts degree in Art History or a related field at a four-year college or university.
  • Master and Doctorate in Art History.es.

Program and admissions requirements vary from college to college. Contact an admissions representative to find out about specific admissions requirements and major pre-requisites for the institution of your choice.

Length of Program

90 credits = 7 quarters (including 10 credits in summer).

With early planning, it is possible to earn your Associate of Fine Arts (AFA) alongside your Associate of Arts (AA) by taking six additional classes (at minimum). Meet with the Arts, Design & Graphics area of study advisor in your first quarter to plan this dual degree pathway.

Which Quarter Can I Begin?

Fall, Winter, Spring, or Summer.

Class Times/Delivery Modes?

North offers courses on-campus in the day, evenings, online, or hybrid (part on-campus, part online), and occasional Saturdays. Check the class schedule for the latest offerings.

Approximate Costs Each Quarter

Full-Time
Tuition………………………………………………………….........………….............…………....$1555 (WA State residents)
Tuition………………………………………………………….........………….............…………....$3297.95 (International students)
Books, supplies, and miscellaneous fees……………………………....................$475

Part-Time
Tuition………………………………………………………….........………….............…………....$1282.60 (WA State residents)
Books, supplies, and miscellaneous fees……………………………....................$475

*Tuition based on WA resident rates. Rates for international students and non-residents may vary.

All students in need should apply for financial aid – do not assume you are not eligible! Visit https://northseattle.edu/financial-aid to learn more about the application steps and types of financial aid available, including grants and scholarships you don’t have to pay back. You do not need to be a full-time student to receive financial aid funds.