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Getting Started at Loudoun Art

1. How do I register for an art class at Loudoun?

First, you must apply to the College to be a student. The procedures for applying to the College are on the NOVA website under Future Students. Once you are admitted to NOVA you can register for art classes; there are no other requirements.

2.  What if I have never taken an art course before?

We offer entry-level art courses designed for students with little or no experience as well as advanced studio courses.

3. Do I have to present a portfolio in order to take art classes?

No portfolio review is necessary but if you have one, a faculty member will be glad to look it over and offer advice on your selection of classes.

4. What is the difference between the Associate of Arts and the Associates of Applied Arts in Fine Arts degrees?

The Associate of Applied Arts degree with a major in Fine Arts is designed for students who seek employment in the applied arts field.
Transfer Information: Transfer is not the primary purpose of an A.A.A. program, but NOVA has articulation agreements that facilitate the transfer of this and other career-oriented programs to selected senior institutions. Students interested in transfer should contact a counselor or their faculty advisor early in their program.

Recommended Preparation: Satisfactory aptitude in visual art.

The Associate of Arts degree with a major in Fine Arts is designed for students who plan to transfer to a four-year program in a professional school or to a college or university baccalaureate degree program in Fine Arts.

Transfer Information: Students are advised to work closely with the faculty and counseling staff for program and course scheduling. Electives should be chosen carefully to meet requirements of transfer institution. The responsibility for proper course selection rests with the student.

Recommended Preparation: Satisfactory aptitude in visual art.

It is the responsibility of the student to work with the transfer school to determine exactly what courses will be accepted.

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