Art Option, Liberal Arts A.A.


Are you passionate about visual art?

Follow your Passion. Develop your Craft. Create your Future.

Do you want to put your creativity to use? Come study more about drawing, art history, design, photography, and other areas, and watch your passion become your career as you grow and develop in your unique skills.

As a visual art student at GCSC, you will receive a quality education with the opportunity to focus on studio art, graphic design, art history or art education. The visual arts program offers a wide range of classes including design, drawing, painting, ceramics, art, history/criticism, portfolio and preparation and digital photography.

You'll experience visual arts first-hand by participating in art exhibits held at the Amelia Center Gallery, where you will be able to display your work to the community; Also, you will attend lectures and demonstrations with guest artists.

Because of small classes, faculty members are able to spend individual time with you. If you are interested in expanding your horizons, you can participate in the study-abroad program and join the student art club, Visionaries, Ink.

This transfer track prepares students for a career in the visual arts. Visual arts is a limited access program at most universities. Students are encouraged to be familiar with the admissions requirements at the university they plan to attend. For example, some visual arts specialized programs within a university require two years of a foreign language.

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Program Roadmap

Contact the Advisor

Tammy Marinuzzi
Professor, Visual and Performing Arts
850-769-1551, extension 2890

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Who is eligible for the Art Option, Liberal Arts A.A. program?

If you are a high school graduate, you can apply to this program.

If you have earned credits from a regionally accredited college or university, you may have a head start at Gulf Coast State College.  


  • You'll get a great education with one of the lowest tuition rates in the state.
  • With small class sizes and professors who care, you'll get the personal attention you deserve.
  • More than 90% of our graduates would recommend Gulf Coast State College to others.

How do I apply to Art Option, Liberal Arts A.A. program?

To apply, you’ll need to complete the Apply now  Visit the Gulf Coast admissions page to learn more about the application process.

Consult the Gulf Coast State College Catalog for specific program and course information.


Check out the class registration dates and plan your schedule today.

How do I apply for financial aid and scholarships?

The Visual and Performing Arts department awards scholarships to students in their programs. To check out scholarship audition dates and requirements, please visit the Visual and Performing Arts scholarship page.

There are  also many other options available to help you pay for college. Find out more about  scholarships and financial aid at Gulf Coast State College.

2022-2023 Catalog Requirements

Communications Area CH
•+*ENC1101, English I 3
+*ENC1102, English II 3
Humanities Area
Visual and Performing Arts •ARH2000, Understanding Visual Art 3
Philosophy/Religion See General Education Requirement 3
Literature See General Education Requirement 3
Mathematics Area
See General Education Requirement 6
Natural Sciences Area
Physical Science See General Education Requirement 3
Biological Science See General Education Requirement 3
Social Sciences Area
Behavioral Sciences See General Education Requirement 3
History See General Education Requirement 3
Government See General Education Requirement 3
Additional Common Prerequisites
ART1201C, Design I 3
+ART1203C, Design II 3
ART1300C, Drawing I 3
+ART1301C, Drawing II 3
ARH2050, Art History Criticism I 3
+ARH2051, Art History Criticism I 3
ART2955, Portfolio and Resume Development 3
Approved visual arts or photography electives 3



• General Education Core. Students must complete at least one identified core course in each area of study—Communications, Humanities, Mathematics, Natural Sciences, and Social Sciences—as part of the general education course requirements.

+ Prerequisites and/or corequisites required. See course descriptions.

* Minimum grade of "C" required.

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Spaces to create your Art

You will enjoy time with other students in spaces designed to encourage creative expression. Let your imagination run wild and express yourself through your art. 


Department Chair

Jennifer McAtee
Chair, Visual and Performing Arts