Build Skills to Understand & Communicate with the World Around You

The Liberal Arts, Communication & Design Community fosters students’ understanding of themselves and the world through mastery of language and communication skills, including critical thinking and artistic expression. Many of the classes and degrees will transfer to a four-year college or university. The Associate of Arts is ideal for students who plan to major in an academic program at a four-year institution.

 
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General Associate of Arts

General Associate of Arts

This is a generic major of liberal arts for students who plan to get their bachelor's degree. You will complete your basic classes at FRCC (e.g. English, math, science, etc.) and then enter as a junior at Colorado four-year schools to complete your bachelor’s degree. 
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Art & Art History

Art & Art History

Create your future in visual arts. Earn your associate degree and study a specific art discipline at a four-year school starting as a junior. A bachelor’s degree prepares you for a variety of careers including teaching, museum research, and even gallery director/owner. 
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Communication

Communication

Earn your associate degree and continue at a four-year school starting as a junior. A bachelor’s degree in communication prepares you for a wide variety of careers including journalism, law, advertising, business, politics, public relations, and many others.
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English

English

This is the academic study of written and spoken English. Earn your associate degree and continue at a four-year school starting as a junior. A bachelor’s degree in English prepares you for a variety of fields such as education, media, advertising, technical or creative writing.
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French

French

French is the third-most common language of the Internet. Earn your associate degree and continue at a four-year school starting as a junior. A bachelor’s degree in French prepares you to work in international business, interpreting, translating, education, and more.
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Students using sign language.
Interpreter Preparation

Interpreter Preparation

Learn the high standards of sign language interpretation. Specialize in areas such as medical, legal, and educational interpreting, or work in a variety of community settings. Transfer options also are available to earn a bachelor’s degree.
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Multimedia Technology

Multimedia Technology

The visual communications industry needs animators, graphic designers, web designers, video producers, and video editors. Gain knowledge, skills, and practical experience in graphic design and multimedia software.
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Music & Recording Arts Technology

Music & Recording Arts Technology

Recording arts technology gets you job-ready for audio recording and production, digital editing, and live sound engineering. Or continue at a four-year school starting as a junior. A bachelor’s degree prepares you to teach, perform, and more.
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Philosophy students in class.
Philosophy

Philosophy

The study of philosophy involves ethics, critical thinking, and problem-solving. Earn your associate degree and continue at a four-year school starting as a junior. A bachelor’s degree in philosophy prepares you for fields such as law, business, and government.
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Spanish

Spanish

Spanish is the most-spoken non-English language in the U.S. You will be prepared for a variety of careers in international business, education, sales, hospitality, interpreting, and translating. Earn your associate degree and continue at a four-year school as a junior.
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Theater

Theater

Launch a career in acting, directing, costume design and construction, stage makeup, technical directing, arts management, or other fields. Earn your associate degree and continue at a four-year school starting as a junior to earn your bachelor’s degree.
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About Credits and Semesters

  • 1 credit = 1 class hour per week
  • Part time enrollment = 6-12 credits per semester
  • Full time enrollment = 12+ credits per semester / 15 credits recommended
  • For each hour in class, plan on 2 hours of study outside class

Example: For an Associate of Arts degree (60+ credits), if you take 15 credits each semester, you will complete the degree in 4-5 semesters.

15 credits = 15 class hours per week + 30 hours of study outside of class.

Levels of Education

Levels of Education: certificate, associate degree, bachelor's, masters, PhD 

Academic Plans

My Academic Plans (MAPs) help guide you toward completing your degree or certificate.  When you take classes in the order recommended on the academic plan and based on your schedule, you will save time and money. See MAPs.

Community Support

You will be assigned to a Pathways Advisor who is knowledgeable in the community’s fields of study, and is an important part of your success helping you reach your academic goals. The first time you meet your advisor will be at the required New Student Orientation.