Associate in Fine Arts Degree
The Associate in Fine Arts (A.F.A.) offers the first two years of concentrated study in studio courses for students planning to transfer to a visual arts, theatre, or music baccalaureate program. As a fine arts major, the student may choose to concentrate in either theater, art or music.
Graduates of the Program will be able to:
Below are required courses and recommended course groupings and sequences for program completion. Courses may have prerequisites and corequisite requirements. Check course descriptions for details.
A studio course to explore two-dimensional concepts and develop visual thinking in relation to various fine arts areas such as drawing and painting. Open to non-art majors as an elective. Required of art majors.
Examines developments in painting, sculpture and architecture from prehistory to the High Renaissance in Western art. Significant periods emphasized through slides and films. Field trips required.
A workshop and lecture course exploring media, concepts and techniques of drawing. Skill in representing objects, landscape, human and imaginative form is approached through practice and the examination of the works of previous and present day artists. Individual criticism aimed at personal growth of artistic ability and insight. Outside assignments to be reviewed by instructor. Field trips required.
Through a variety of writing projects requiring competence in clear, correct, and effective English, students use inferential and critical skills in the process of composing documented essays. Extensive reading materials serve as structural models and as the bases for discussion and for the writing of essays involving response, analysis, and synthesis.
RDG-011 may be taken as a co-requisite if not previously completed with a grade of "C" or better.
Choose three credits from courses designated in the course descriptions as GE SS.
A studio course to explore three-dimensional design concepts and develop visual thinking in relation to various fine arts areas such as sculpture and ceramics. Mixed media - the interaction of two-and-three-dimensional concepts - is explored. Open to non-art majors as an elective. Required of art majors.
Examines developments in painting, sculpture and architecture from the High Renaissance to the twentieth century in Western art. Significant artists and their contributions to techniques. Field trips required.
A grade of “C” or better in ENG-121
Choose one 3-credit Mathematics or Science course designated in the course descriptions as General Education MST (GE MST).
Choose one course designated in the course descriptions as General Education Humanities (GE HUM).
Student art work is developed and expanded into a coherent portfolio. The course focuses on the preparation of a body of work for presentation in a professional manner and for effective transfer to senior institutions. Issues of quality, range of style and techniques, and methods of representing work in a critical setting are addressed. Field trip required.
One or more three-credit studio art courses or written permission of the department chairperson
Select an Art Elective from the following:
ART-221 - Painting: Traditional
ART-222 - Painting: Contemporary
ART-223 - Sculpture: Traditional
ART-224 - Sculpture: Contemporary
This course defines computers and computer applications and their use in business, industry and government. Students completing this course will be computer fluent. Students will understand the capabilities and limitations of computers and know how to use them. In addition, students will understand computers and their ethical, legal and societal implications. Topics include the history of computers, hardware devices, software programs, terminology, privacy of information, ethical behavior and the influence of computers on people and society. Hands-on experience includes: using a Windows operating system, a word processor, designing and implementing spreadsheets and producing presentations. This course is recommended for anyone who will be involved with computers and the use of computer application software.
Art studio issues are addressed as they relate to the artist in contemporary society. The motivations, relevance and the nature of art-making in American and global culture are investigated. The creation of subject matter for artistic expression that is personally meaningful is placed in a larger aesthetic context. The conceptual links among all the visual arts are explored. Field trip required.
One or more three-credit studio art courses or written permission of the department chairperson and Counseling and Career Services Office
Examines developments in painting, sculpture and architecture in Western Art since the Industrial Revolution to the present day via major styles, movements and significant artists. Field trips required.
Fine arts will provide a strong foundation in the creative field of choice as well as a well-rounded education with a generous range of liberal arts courses required by baccalaureate fine arts programs. Students create a body of work or enhance skills in a chosen field in ways that will assist them in being accepted into a competitive fine arts program at a four-year institution.
Algebra I is a prerequisite for all majors. Algebra I competency may be verified with a passing score on the College’s placement test or completion of the appropriate course.
Once students complete developmental coursework (if needed), the degree can be completed in two years of full-time study. They can shorten the amount of time by taking courses in the summer and winter sessions.