Athens State University’s Art Department has recently developed a “two-plus-two” curriculum for students entering the program from Calhoun Community College. The title refers to the two years spent achieving the associates degree and the two years needed to complete the bachelor’s degree. This program builds upon the University’s existing collaboration with Calhoun Community College through the development of The Alabama Center for the Arts.
“As Athens State University functions as an upper-level university, many of its students are transfers from other public schools looking to round out their third of forth years in a more focused environment, something that Athens State provides at the Alabama Center for the Arts,” states Athens State Art Department Chair Pamela Keller. “Seamless transitions from most other schools make graduation with a four year degree in a timely manner a real possibility.”
Athens State has established 3 two-plus-two curriculum track agreements with Calhoun in order to assist students matriculating to Athens State. Students may complete their freshman and sophomore years at Calhoun Community College and their junior and senior years at Athens State University in a Baccalaureate degree-granting academic art program. These two-plus-two tracks in art are designed to facilitate an easy transition from Calhoun to Athens State and places students on a track towards attainment of a bachelor’s degree while completing their course of study at Calhoun Community College primarily at the Alabama Center for the Arts venue. The program clearly articulates the transferability of specific courses from Calhoun Community College to Athens State University.
“Our programs and our faculty are driven by a cause, by a purpose, and by a belief,” added Keller. “This program encompasses all of those drives to develop and to assist Calhoun students and is one more may we work to create an environment of partnership to enhance their study of art and their collegiate experience.”
Athens State’s program in Art includes coursework in Studio Art, Graphic Design, and Art Certification for Teachers P-12. More information can be found by clicking here.
Story date: August 21, 2014