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Fine Arts - Art Option

Program Codes: ART.AFA
Associate in Fine Arts Degree

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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.

Program Outcomes:

Graduates of the Program will be able to:

  • Define the basic art elements and apply these fundamentals to demonstrate strong foundational knowledge of Fine Arts techniques and materials.
  • Recognize works of art from various historical periods and styles and identify the artists that produced them.
  • Critique works of art demonstrating critical and visual thinking skills and synthesize and implement this information in individual artistic production.
  • Synthesize art historical influences and personal experience in the creation of work of art and develop awareness of the roles of tradition and experimentation in artmaking.
  • Produce a portfolio of artwork in preparation for transfer to a four-year BFA program in a university or art school setting.
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Recommended Course Sequence

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.




Choose three credits from courses designated in the course descriptions as GE SS.



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).



Offered in the Fall semester only.


Select an Art Elective from the following:

ART-221 - Painting: Traditional

ART-222 - Painting: Contemporary

ART-223 - Sculpture: Traditional

ART-224 - Sculpture: Contemporary


Select a 3-credit course from the subject ART.



Offered in the Spring semester only.


Select a 3-credit course from the subject ART.


Select a course designated in the course descriptions as a GE DIV.



Select a 3-credit course from the subject ART.


Select a 1-credit PED course.

Total Credits 60

Contact Information

Visual, Performing and Media Arts

Contact Name: Annie Hogan, department chair
Contact Phone: 732.906.2589
Contact Email:  ahogan@middlesexcc.edu
Department Web:https://www.middlesexcc.edu/vpma/

Frequently Asked Questions

What will students learn if they study Fine Arts?

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.

Are there any requirements that must be satisfied before taking courses in the major?

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.

How long will it take to complete this degree?

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.

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