NHTI student Curtis Marden, oil pastel
Curtis Marden, oil pastel


The degree of Associate in Arts in Visual Arts will be awarded upon successful completion of the program. The Visual Arts program provides students the opportunity to acquire a thorough knowledge of the basic means of visual expression and broad exposure to the history of art in preparation for transfer into four-year colleges and universities and a career in the visual arts. The structured curriculum emphasizes visual perception, technical acuity and artistic philosophy geared toward developing a personal aesthetic. The first year curriculum provides all students with a common foundation in basic artistic techniques. The following year, students will focus on advanced studio disciplines and prepare a professional portfolio of their work. To view some of our Senior Capstone work please visit: https://www.nhtivarts.com/
Nicole Rogers, oil painting
Nicole Rogers, oil painting

Internship Considerations

NHTI has developed excellent practicum opportunities for our students to foster hands-on learning while simultaneously receiving credit. Nonetheless, the college’s first priority must be to ensure that patients/clients/children/families are not placed in jeopardy by students during learning experiences. Therefore, students in internship, externship, practicum, service learning, and clinical experiences must demonstrate sufficient emotional stability to withstand the stresses, uncertainties and changing circumstances that characterize patient/client/child/family responsibilities. Furthermore, the student is expected to have the emotional stability required to exercise sound judgment, accept direction and guidance from a supervisor or faculty member, and establish rapport and maintain sensitive interpersonal relationships and confidentiality with employees, customers, and/or patients/clients/children and their families.

Visual Arts Degree


Course NumberCourse TitleCLLABCR
Fall Semester
 ENGL 101CEnglish Composition404
#VRTS 101CIntroduction to Drawing (studio)244
#VRTS 103CTwo-Dimensional Design (studio)233
#VRTS 111CSurvey of Western Art History I303
#XX xxxCSocial Science Elective*303
Spring Semester
  Social Science Elective303
 ENGL xxxCEnglish Elective303
#VRTS 104CThree-Dimensional Design (studio)233
#VRTS 112CSurvey of Western Art History II303
#VRTS 201CDrawing II (studio)244


Fall Semester
 MATH xxxCMath Elective**3-403-4
#VRTS xxxCStudio Elective244
#VRTS xxxCElective (may be studio or history)2-30-43-4
 XX xxxCLab Science Elective***324
 XX xxxCSocial Science Elective*303
Spring Semester
 MATH xxxCMath Elective**3-403-4
#VRTS 290CVisual Arts Capstone Practicum+101
#VRTS 2xxCStudio Elective (#2)244
 XX xxxCLab Science Elective***324
 XX xxxCGeneral Elective3-403-4
# Indicates major field courses.
* Any course with a prefix of ANTH, ECON, HIST, POLS, PSYC or SOCI (except HIST 104C and HIST 105C).
** MATH xxxC #1 must be MATH 120C or higher level mathematics course (excludes “institutional credit only” math courses and excludes MATH 129C); MATH xxxC #2 must be a higher level mathematics course than MATH xxxC #1.
*** BIOL 100C, CHEM 100C and PHYS 100C do not meet this requirement.
+ The final studio course will serve as the capstone course during which the student will create a portfolio of work to be displayed at a public showing.CL – Number of lecture/classroom hours per week for the course
LAB – Number of simulation laboratory, laboratory or clinical hours per week for the course
CR – Number of credit hours for the course

Specific Admission Requirements

Note: Applicants should be aware that all associate degree programs at NHTI require successful completion of at least one semester of college level mathematics. Therefore, the college strongly recommends that all applicants successfully complete high school Algebra I with a grade of “C” or higher prior to admission. Those students whose placement testing does not demonstrate readiness for college level mathematics may require more than two years to complete their degree.


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