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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:

Degree Curriculum

Fall Semester

ACA-122 College Transfer Success 1
ART-111 Art Appreciation 3
ART-121 Two-Dimensional Design 3
ART-131 Drawing I 3
ENG-111 Writing and Inquiry 3

Spring Semester

ART-116 Survey of American Art 3
ART-122 Three-Dimensional Design 3
BIO-111 General Biology I 4
CHM-151 General Chemistry I 4
ENG-112 Writing and Research in the Disciplines 3
MAT-152 Statistical Methods I 4

Fall Semester

ART-114 Art History Survey I 3
Art Elective 3
Art Elective 3
ENG-231 American Literature I 3
ENG-232 American Literature II 3
HIS-131 American History I 3

Spring Semester

ART-115 Art History Survey II 3
Art Elective 3
ART-288 Studio 3
Art Elective 3
SOC-210 Introduction to Sociology 3

Total credits needed to graduate: 60 Hours

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

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