Bachelor of Art and Design


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Program Description

Your education in the arts begins here. Green River College fosters an in-depth preparation for the study and creation of art. At Green River, you will undertake a program of study which helps each individual student find a balance between aesthetics and technique in your creative process and expression. Through the development of strong problem solving skills, you will learn to discuss the theoretical and practical meaning of your work. At Green River you can develop your ideas, build strong techniques, and create a competitive portfolio.

The Associate in Fine Arts degree in Art is generally pursued by students who plan to transfer to a four‐year university. However, completion of this degree does not guarantee admission as an art major. This degree offers students a broad foundation in advanced education or a career in art. Students granted the degree meet all of the requirements of the Washington state Direct Transfer Agreement (DTA). A portfolio highlighting the student’s best work completed at Green River Community College, emphasizing originality, facility, and exploration is highly recommended. Portfolio presentation is usually the determining factor in acceptance for Fine Arts major, and this degree provides the structure for the preparation of a strong portfolio. To earn this degree, students must complete a minimum of 105‐106 quarter credits in courses numbered 100 or higher (from approved distribution list below) and meet specific distribution requirements. No more than 25 percent of credit requirements may be taken on a pass/no‐credit basis. Students should be aware that courses with “Pass” grades may not satisfy the requirements in their major field. Students must attain a cumulative GPA of 2.0 and earn a minimum of 24 credits, including the last quarter, in residence at Green River Community College.

Green River College International Programs prides itself on the great service it offers to each and every one of our students. Our goal is to help you to achieve your dream, whether it is to transfer to a top university, better your English or experience the American college life.

What is a portfolio?

A portfolio of artwork is a collection of your best and most recent work—approximately 15-20 pieces. It is a crucial part of your application to professional art schools, most university art programs, and galleries. The portfolio helps someone evaluate your achievements and potential.

The following are some considerations for portfolio inclusion:

  • Drawings
  • Drawings from observation only
  • Figure drawing from a live model
  • Composition skills
  • Exploration of media, including use of color
  • Design—2D, 3D
  • Abstract work
  • Complex compositional skills
  • Thoughtful execution of ideas
  • Good craftsmanship

Note: The portfolio should also include examples of your best work in your specialty.

Green River - A leader in university transfer

Our 2+2 transfer program offers students an opportunity to start their four-year bachelor's degree. The transfer program provides courses equivalent to the first two years of a university degree. Students can take two years at Green River College, then transfer to a university to complete their four-year degree.

Our students are admitted to many top 100 world universities*, as ranked by Shanghai Jiaotong University, including:

Brown University, California State University, Cornell University, Hawaii Pacific University, Indiana University, Johns Hopkins, Ohio State University, Parsons School of Design, Pratt Institute, Purdue University, San Jose State University, Seattle University, Tufts University, UC Berkeley, UC Santa Barbara, UCLA, UNC - Chapel Hill, University of Michigan, University of Minnesota, University of Oregon, University of Pennsylvania, University of Southern California, University of Texas at Austin, University of Virginia, University of Washington, University of Wisconsin Washington State University

*Note: Admission to selective universities is highly competitive.

Green River College international students have been admitted to hundreds of universities all over the US. Students gain the qualifications needed for admission at Green River and transfer to top universities as third-year juniors. Admission is not guaranteed, but our students have been very successful in gaining admission to top universities.

Education Requirements

In order to obtain a bachelor's degree in the US, all students must complete specific requirements for their major as well as general education requirements which represent a foundation of learning in various areas including Math, Writing, Science, Social Science and Humanities. Students are given freedom to select classes of their choice from general categories. For example, within the "Social Science" category, students can choose any one of the following subjects: sociology, psychology, political science, history, geography and others. The Humanities category includes: art, speech, communications, languages, music, philosophy, and others. Science includes: chemistry, biology, physics, astronomy, and others.

How does it work?

Over 25 universities have offered the University Transfer Pathway (UTP) option to any student who is admitted to Green River. The guarantee does not apply to “impacted” majors. This is how it works:

1. Apply to Green River

2. Select a university – Choose the university from the list. Check the university on the application. Choose one university only. Make sure the university you choose has your major.

You will receive the university conditional admission letter or statement at the same time you receive the Green River admission letter.

Sample Classes for Popular Majors:


  • Beginning Design
  • Drawing
  • Color and Design
  • 3 Dimensional Design
  • Digital Photography
  • Painting, and History of Art

Green River knows how important housing is to the success of a student. This is why our housing staff go the extra mile to give the best experience possible by providing a caring, positive, safe and supportive American living experience.


Experience traditional American college life at Campus Corner Apartments (CCA)

Students enjoy a convenient, on-campus location; comfortable, high-quality facilities; an excellent study environment; and an opportunity to get involved and make friends in supportive student community of 340 American and international students. Students must be 17 years old at the time of move-in.

Benefits of Living On Campus:

  • Living on campus is convenient!
  • Walking distance to class, library, fitness center, gym and Performing Arts Center
  • Community Center where you can meet and make friends from all over the world
  • Lots of on-site student activities
  • Private and group study areas
  • Easy to get involved in campus activities
Last updated Feb 2018

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Students can take two years at Green River College, then transfer to a university to complete their four-year degree.

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