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Program Overview

The Associate in Fine Arts degree in Visual Arts program focuses heavily on the visual fine arts and is recommended for those who plan to continue their education at a senior institution. This program prepares transfer students to meet selective admission criteria for acceptance into a BFA or BA in visual arts at a senior college or university.

The course work in this program consists of Universal General Education Transfer Component courses (UGETC) in literature, humanities, social/behavioral sciences, mathematics and natural science. Students in this program are provided an opportunity to concentrate in a major area of fine art study that includes elective choices in drawing, painting, sculpture, ceramics and digital photography.

While this degree is designed to prepare students to meet selective admission criteria for programs such as the Bachelor of Fine Arts, this degree does not guarantee automatic admission into a college or university art program. Many art programs contain a portfolio requirement for certain courses or programs.

A minimum grade of C is required in all courses counted toward graduation and to ensure course transferability to the University of North Carolina system. Students must meet the receiving university's foreign language and/or health and physical education requirements, if applicable, prior to or after transfer to the senior institution.

Technical Standards:

Program Contacts:

Anna-Olivia Sisk

Lead Instructor - Art

Degree Curriculum

Academic Transition

ACA-122 College Transfer Success 1

UGETC Universal General Education Transfer Component

English Composition - Select both courses

ENG-111 Writing and Inquiry 3
ENG-112 Writing and Research in the Disciplines 3

Humanities/Fine Arts and Communications

ART-111 Art Appreciation 3

Literature Requirement - Select 1 course

ENG-231 American Literature I 3
ENG-232 American Literature II 3
ENG-241 British Literature I 3
ENG-242 British Literature II 3

Social/Behavioral Sciences - Select 1 course

ECO-251 Principles of Microeconomics 3
ECO-252 Principles of Macroeconomics 3
POL-120 American Government 3
PSY-150 General Psychology 3
SOC-210 Introduction to Sociology 3

History Requirement

HIS-111 World Civilizations I 3
HIS-112 World Civilizations II 3
HIS-131 American History I 3
HIS-132 American History II 3

Mathematics - Select 1 course

MAT-143 Quantitative Literacy 3
MAT-152 Statistical Methods I 4
MAT-171 Precalculus Algebra 4

Natural Sciences - Select 1 course

BIO-110 Principles of Biology 4
BIO-111 General Biology I 4
CHM-151 General Chemistry I 4
PHY-110 Conceptual Physics 3
AND
PHY-110A Conceptual Physics Lab 1

Required Art Courses - Complete all of the following courses

ART-114 Art History Survey I 3
ART-115 Art History Survey II 3
ART-121 Two-Dimensional Design 3
ART-122 Three-Dimensional Design 3
ART-131 Drawing I 3
ART-215 Visual Art Portfolio 3

Elective Courses - Select 4-5 courses - Courses may also be selected from pre-major electives, general education electives, or UGETC within the CAA

ACC-120 Principles of Financial Accounting 4
ACC-121 Principles of Managerial Accounting 4
ANT-210 General Anthropology 3
ART-132 Drawing II 3
ART-140 Basic Painting 2
ART-214 Portfolio and Resume 1
ART-240 Painting I 3
ART-241 Painting II 3
ART-244 Watercolor 3
ART-264 Digital Photography I 3
ART-281 Sculpture I 3
ART-283 Ceramics I 3
ART-284 Ceramics II 3
ART-285 Ceramics III 3
ART-286 Ceramics IV 3
BIO-110 Principles of Biology 4
BIO-111 General Biology I 4
BIO-112 General Biology II 4
BIO-120 Introductory Botany 4
BIO-130 Introductory Zoology 4
BIO-140 Environmental Biology 3
AND
BIO-140A Environmental Biology Lab 1
BIO-143 Field Biology Minicourse 2
BIO-145 Ecology 4
BIO-146 Regional Natural History 4
BIO-163 Basic Anatomy & Physiology 5
BIO-168 Anatomy and Physiology I 4
BIO-169 Anatomy and Physiology II 4
BIO-250 Genetics 4
BIO-275 Microbiology 4
BUS-110 Introduction to Business 3
BUS-115 Business Law I 3
BUS-137 Principles of Management 3
CHM-131 Introduction to Chemistry 3
AND
CHM-131A Introduction to Chemistry Lab 1
CHM-132 Organic and Biochemistry 4
CHM-151 General Chemistry I 4
CHM-152 General Chemistry II 4
CHM-251 Organic Chemistry I 4
CHM-252 Organic Chemistry II 4
CIS-110 Introduction to Computers 3
CJC-111 Introduction to Criminal Justice 3
CJC-113 Juvenile Justice 3
CJC-121 Law Enforcement Operations 3
CJC-141 Corrections 3
CJC-212 Ethics & Community Relations 3
COM-231 Public Speaking 3
CSC-134 C++ Programming 3
CSC-139 Visual BASIC Programming 3
CSC-151 JAVA Programming 3
CSC-239 Advanced Visual BASIC Programming 3
DRA-111 Theatre Appreciation 3
DRA-126 Storytelling 3
ECO-151 Survey of Economics 3
ECO-251 Principles of Microeconomics 3
ECO-252 Principles of Macroeconomics 3
ENG-111 Writing and Inquiry 3
ENG-112 Writing and Research in the Disciplines 3
ENG-113 Literature-Based Research 3
ENG-114 Professional Research & Reporting 3
ENG-125 Creative Writing I 3
ENG-126 Creative Writing II 3
ENG-131 Introduction to Literature 3
ENG-231 American Literature I 3
ENG-232 American Literature II 3
ENG-241 British Literature I 3
ENG-242 British Literature II 3
ENG-261 World Literature I 3
ENG-262 World Literature II 3
ENG-272 Southern Literature 3
GEO-111 World Regional Geography 3
HEA-110 Personal Health/Wellness 3
HIS-111 World Civilizations I 3
HIS-112 World Civilizations II 3
HIS-131 American History I 3
HIS-132 American History II 3
HIS-111 World Civilizations I 3
HIS-112 World Civilizations II 3
HIS-131 American History I 3
HIS-132 American History II 3
HIS-145 The Second World War 3
HIS-163 The World Since 1945 3
HIS-221 African-American History 3
HIS-226 The Civil War 3
HIS-227 Native American History 3
HIS-237 The American Revolution 3
HIS-262 Middle East History 3
HUM-110 Technology and Society 3
HUM-115 Critical Thinking 3
HUM-120 Cultural Studies 3
HUM-122 Southern Culture 3
HUM-123 Appalachian Culture 3
HUM-130 Myth in Human Culture 3
HUM-180 International Cultural Exploration 3
HUM-220 Human Values and Meaning 3
HUM-230 Leadership Development 3
JOU-110 Introduction to Journalism 3
MAT-143 Quantitative Literacy 3
MAT-152 Statistical Methods I 4
MAT-171 Precalculus Algebra 4
MAT-172 Precalculus Trigonometry 4
MAT-263 Brief Calculus 4
MAT-271 Calculus I 4
MAT-272 Calculus II 4
MAT-273 Calculus III 4
MAT-280 Linear Algebra 3
MAT-285 Differential Equations 3
MUS-110 Music Appreciation 3
MUS-112 Introduction to Jazz 3
MUS-210 History of Rock Music 3
PED-110 Fit and Well for Life 2
PED-111 Physical Fitness I 1
PED-112 Physical Fitness II 1
PED-113 Aerobics I 1
PED-114 Aerobics II 1
PED-117 Weight Training I 1
PED-118 Weight Training II 1
PED-119 Circuit Training 1
PED-120 Walking for Fitness 1
PED-122 Yoga I 1
PED-123 Yoga II 1
PED-128 Golf-Beginning 1
PED-129 Golf-Intermediate 1
PED-142 Lifetime Sports 1
PED-143 Volleyball-Beginning 1
PED-144 Volleyball-Intermediate 1
PED-148 Softball 1
PED-150 Baseball - Beginning 1
PED-151 Baseball/Intermediate 1
PED-154 Swimming for Fitness 1
PED-163 Kayaking-Basic 1
PED-165 Sport Science As a Career 3
PED-170 Backpacking 1
PED-171 Nature Hiking 1
PED-252 Officiating Baseball and Softball 2
PED-256 Coaching Baseball 2
PHI-240 Introduction to Ethics 3
PHY-110 Conceptual Physics 3
AND
PHY-110A Conceptual Physics Lab 1
PHY-151 College Physics I 4
PHY-152 College Physics II 4
PHY-251 General Physics I 4
PHY-252 General Physics II 4
POL-120 American Government 3
PSY-150 General Psychology 3
PSY-231 Forensic Psychology 3
PSY-239 Psychology of Personality 3
PSY-241 Developmental Psychology 3
PSY-243 Child Psychology 3
PSY-263 Educational Psychology 3
PSY-281 Abnormal Psychology 3
REL-110 World Religions 3
REL-211 Introduction to Old Testament 3
REL-212 Introduction to New Testament 3
REL-221 Religion in America 3
SOC-210 Introduction to Sociology 3
SOC-213 Sociology of the Family 3
SOC-220 Social Problems 3
SOC-225 Social Diversity 3
SOC-230 Race and Ethnic Relations 3
SOC-234 Sociology of Gender 3
SOC-244 Sociology of Death & Dying 3
SPA-111 Elementary Spanish I 3
SPA-112 Elementary Spanish II 3
SPA-141 Culture and Civilization 3
SPA-211 Intermediate Spanish I 3
SPA-212 Intermediate Spanish II 3
SPA-221 Spanish Conversation 3
SPA-231 Reading and Composition 3

Learning Outcomes

  1. Demonstrate proficiency in the use of aesthetic and visual literacy skills
  2. Demonstrate proficiency in applying the visual elements of design and the organizational principles of design to their own two- and three-dimensional work
  3. Demonstrate professional behavior and conduct commensurate with industry standards for maintaining equipment and managing a studio

Program Costs

Degree In-State Out-of-State
Tuition and Fees $4,600.00 $15,300.00
Books and Supplies $3,050.00 $3,050.00
Total Cost $7,650.00 $18,350.00

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Program Facts

Students attending Surry Community College for two years instead of going straight to a four-year college or university typically save

$25,000

On average students who transfer from a community college outperform students who go straight to a four-year school.

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The teachers and staff truly make you feel welcomed. They care and treat you like family.

Michaela Larson

Class of 2019,
Associate Degree and a Certificate in Criminal Justice Technology

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