Cultivate your creativity

Work with respected artists while you improve your artistic skills and build a professional visual arts portfolio in our Fine Art A.F.A. program.

Graduates who have earned an Associate of Fine Art degree transfer to prestigious art schools including The Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Art, Moore College of Art and Design, Tyler School of Art and the University of the Arts, among others.

Program outcomes
  • Describe visual concepts and express them using appropriate vocabulary in written reviews and oral presentations;
  • Examine and compare culturally diverse and historically significant examples of art;
  • Analyze and evaluate works of art using descriptive analysis and observation skills to critique, argue, and defend one’s work and works created by others;
  • Solve problems in the creation of visual products employing the skills of problem identification, research and information gathering, analysis, generation of alternative solutions, and evaluating outcomes;
  • Describe and respond to audiences and contexts that artistic solutions must address including recognizing the physical, cognitive, cultural, social, and individual factors that shape aesthetic decisions;
  • Create and develop visual form incorporating principles of visual organization and composition, visual hierarchy, symbolic representation, aesthetics, and the construction of meaningful pieces;
  • Create a portfolio of work applying the knowledge, techniques, and perceptual skills addressed in the studio.

Depending upon your interest, you can take courses in animation, ceramics, drawing, graphic design, illustration, painting, photography, printmaking or sculpture. You can also choose classes that easily transfer to a four-year college. Our beautiful art galleries at Central and West campuses feature exhibitions of students and artists of national renown.

Program Curriculum

General Education Requirements
ENG 101 English Composition I 3
ENG 102 English Composition II 3
Elective Oral Communication Elective 1 3
MAT 106 Mathematics Applications2 3
Elective Cultural Awareness and Diversity Elective1 3
Elective Scientific Reasoning Elective 4
Major Requirements
ART 101 Art History 3
ART 102 Art History II 3
ART 103, ART 104, ART 107 or ART 108 Art History: Modern Art, History of Graphic Design, Non Western Art or History of Photography 3
ART 111 Drawing I 3
ART 112 Drawing I 3
ART 121 Painting I 3
ART 130 2 D Design Principles 3
ART 131 Color Theory 3
ART 138 or ART 148 Digital Art I or Graphic Design Applications 3
ART 140 3 D Design Principles 3
Electives* Fine Art Studio* 15
Total Program Credits: 64

1Students planning to transfer should choose electives based on their transfer destination's requirements.

2THA 105 Introduction to Acting is an option for the Oral Communications requirement.


* If you are planning to major in a specific discipline, select electives from the lists below. These are recommendations only. If customization is desired, you should consult with a faculty member. All courses below are 3-credit studio courses.

2D Fine Art
ART 122 Painting II
ART 171 Printmaking I
ART 211 Drawing III
ART 221 Painting III

3D Fine Art
ART 141 3 D Design Materials and Techniques
ART 145 Introductory Woodworking
ART 245 Sculpture: Clay Modeling
ART 246 Sculptural Fabrication and Mold Making
ART 247 Advanced Sculpture

ART 161 Ceramics I
ART 261 Ceramics II
ART 262 Ceramics III
ART 266 Raku Pottery

Graphic Design
ART 135 Typography
ART 149 Page Layout and Design
ART 231 Graphic Design I
ART 232 Graphic Design II
ART 237 Portfolio Workshop
ART 201 Illustration I
ART 202 Illustration II
ART 122 Painting II
ART 211 Drawing III

ART 151 Photography I
ART 152 Photography II
ART 155 Digital Photography I
ART 156 Digital Photography I

ART 171 Printmaking I
ART 271 Printmaking II
ART 272 Printmaking III