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Associate in Arts, Fine Arts, Emphasis in Art

The Associate in Arts, Fine Arts (AAFA), Emphasis in Art degree provides the first two years of a four-year curriculum for students who wish to specialize in fine arts, including painting, ceramics, textiles, jewelry, sculpture, metals, photography, and drawing. This degree offers an emphasis in creative problem-solving that is required in most career fields. With an associate degree, students may pursue a career as a practicing artist. With a bachelor or graduate degree in fine arts, students may also pursue a career in museums, galleries, community-based art organizations, or art instruction.

Program Learning Outcomes
  • Demonstrate foundational skills in the use of art process and media to enable effective visual communication and personal expression. (ART111, ART112, ART113, ART115, ART116, ART122, ART131, ART132, ART151, ART161, ART165, ART167, ART234, ART250, ART277)
  • Apply critical thinking skills, the creative process, and aesthetic/perceptual literacy to solve visual, technical and conceptual problems in various media. (ARH101, ARH102, ART111, ART112, ART113, ART115, ART116, ART122, ART131, ART132, ART151, ART161, ART165, ART167, ART234, ART250, ART277, [FYC], [MA], (COM), [CS], [SB], [SQ], [SG], [L])
  • Communicate and collaborate effectively while recognizing diverse opinions and cultural and individual differences. (ARH101, ARH102, ART131, ART132, ART151, ART161, ART234, ART250, ART255AB, ART255, [FYC], (COM), [SB], [L])
  • Interpret the social, cultural, historical, and contemporary contexts that influence the production and interpretation of art. (ARH101, ARH102, ART113, ART116, ART122, ART131, ART132, ART151, ART161, ART167, ART234, ART250, ART277, [FYC], [SB], [L])
  • Engage in ethical personal and professional artistic practices, with an awareness of copyright laws, intellectual and artistic freedom, civic responsibility, and standards of the field. (ART131, ART132, ART151, ART234, ART255AB, ART255)
  • Use the critique process to present and develop fine art portfolios for transfer, career development, or personal use. (ART111, ART112, ART113, ART115, ART116, ART122, ART131, ART132, ART151, ART161, ART165, ART167, ART234, ART250, ART277, ART255AB, ART255, [FYC], (COM))

Details

Details iconImportant information you’ll need when applying for admission:
Academic Plan: 
Associate in Arts, Fine Arts, Emphasis in Art (DEG)
Field of Interest: 
Visual and Performing Arts
Type: 
Associate Degree
Academic Plan Code: 
8311
Total credits required: 
60-68
Effective term: 
2021 Fall
Notes

Students must earn a grade of C or better in all courses in the program.

Students who wish to transfer to an art school should contact an art faculty member at their institution for more information.

This program replaces: AAFA/8105 Associate in Arts, Fine Arts (AAFA) - Art

Required courses
Course #Course TitleCredits
Credits:13-15
ART111Drawing I3
ART112Two-Dimensional Design3
ART113Color3
ART115Three-Dimensional Design3
ART255ABThe Portfolio (1) OR
ART255Art Marketing (3)1-3
(ART255ABis a direct transfer, ART255 is an elective transfer recommended for marketing and professional development)
Restricted Electives
Course #Course TitleCredits
Credits:12
Complete all courses in the transfer option that best aligns with your academic and professional goals. If your intended transfer institution is not listed, then select a combination of courses from the transfer options listed in order to meet the minimum credits required in the Restricted Electives section. Consult with an academic, faculty, or program advisor to prevent exceeding your university transfer program`s maximum transferable credits (typically 64).
Choose any combination from the following list of courses totaling a minimum of twelve (12) credits of additional coursework. Courses that are required for a particular transfer pathway are noted in the transfer plans that follow. Courses cannot be shared with Required or other Restricted electives.
ART116Life Drawing I3
ART122Drawing and Composition II3
ART131Photography I3
ART132Photography II3
ART151Sculpture I3
ART161Ceramics I3
ART165Watercolor Painting I3
ART167Painting I3
ART250Introduction to Printmaking3
ART277Textiles I3
Transfer Plan 1: Arizona State University (Herberger Institute for Design and the Arts), Bachelor of Fine Arts, Art (Ceramics)
ART161Ceramics I3
Choose one of the following 2D Art courses:
ART116Life Drawing I3
ART122Drawing and Composition II3
ART131Photography I3
ART132Photography II3
ART165Watercolor Painting I3
ART167Painting I3
ART250Introduction to Printmaking3
Choose one of the following 3D Art courses:
ART151Sculpture I3
ART277Textiles I3
Choose one of the following 2D or 3D Art courses:
ART116Life Drawing I3
ART122Drawing and Composition II3
ART131Photography I3
ART132Photography II3
ART151Sculpture I3
ART165Watercolor Painting I3
ART167Painting I3
ART250Introduction to Printmaking3
ART277Textiles I3
Transfer Plan 2: Arizona State University (Herberger Institute for Design and the Arts), Bachelor of Fine Arts, Art (Painting and Drawing)
ART116Life Drawing I (3) OR
ART165Watercolor Painting I (3)3
ART167Painting I3
ART122Drawing and Composition II3
Choose one of the following 3D Art courses:
ART151Sculpture I3
ART161Ceramics I3
ART277Textiles I3
Transfer Plan 3: Arizona State University (Herberger Institute for Design and the Arts), Bachelor of Fine Arts, Art (Photography)
ART131Photography I3
ART132Photography II3
ART234Color Photography I3
Choose one of the following 3D Art courses:
ART151Sculpture I3
ART161Ceramics I3
ART277Textiles I3
Transfer Plan 4: Arizona State University (Herberger Institute for Design and the Arts), Bachelor of Fine Arts, Art (Printmaking)
ART250Introduction to Printmaking3
Choose one of the following 2D Art courses:
ART116Life Drawing I3
ART122Drawing and Composition II3
ART131Photography I3
ART132Photography II3
ART165Watercolor Painting I3
ART167Painting I3
Choose one of the following 3D Art courses:
ART151Sculpture I3
ART161Ceramics I3
ART277Textiles I3
Choose one of the following 2D or 3D Art courses:
ART116Life Drawing I3
ART122Drawing and Composition II3
ART131Photography I3
ART132Photography II3
ART161Ceramics I3
ART165Watercolor Painting I3
ART167Painting I3
ART277Textiles I3
Transfer Plan 5: Arizona State University (Herberger Institute for Design and the Arts), Bachelor of Fine Arts, Art (Sculpture)
ART151Sculpture I3
Choose one of the following 2D Art courses:
ART116Life Drawing I3
ART122Drawing and Composition II3
ART131Photography I3
ART132Photography II3
ART165Watercolor Painting I3
ART167Painting I3
ART250Introduction to Printmaking3
Choose two of the following 2D or 3D Art courses:
ART116Life Drawing I3
ART122Drawing and Composition II3
ART131Photography I3
ART132Photography II3
ART161Ceramics I3
ART165Watercolor Painting I3
ART167Painting I3
ART250Introduction to Printmaking3
ART277Textiles I3
Transfer Plan 6: Arizona State University (Herberger Institute for Design and the Arts), Bachelor of Fine Arts, Art (Textiles)
ART277Textiles I3
Choose one of the following 2D Art courses:
ART116Life Drawing I3
ART122Drawing and Composition II3
ART131Photography I3
ART132Photography II3
ART165Watercolor Painting I3
ART167Painting I3
ART250Introduction to Printmaking3
Choose one of the following 3D Art courses:
ART151Sculpture I3
ART161Ceramics I3
Choose one of the following 2D or 3D Art courses:
ART116Life Drawing I3
ART122Drawing and Composition II3
ART131Photography I3
ART132Photography II3
ART151Sculpture I3
ART161Ceramics I3
ART165Watercolor Painting I3
ART167Painting I3
ART250Introduction to Printmaking3
Transfer Plan 7: Northern Arizona University, Bachelor of Fine Arts, Studio Art
ART122Drawing and Composition II3
Choose one of the following courses to partially fulfill the lower division Emphasis course requirements at NAU:
ART151Sculpture I3
(required for Sculpture emphasis at NAU)
ART161Ceramics I3
(required for Ceramics emphasis at NAU)
ART167Painting I3
(required for Painting emphasis at NAU)
ART250Introduction to Printmaking3
(required for Printmaking emphasis at NAU)
Choose two of the following courses to partially fulfill the lower division elective track requirements at NAU. Select two tracks that are different than the track selected above:
ART151Sculpture I3
(required for Sculpture elective track at NAU)
ART161Ceramics I3
(required for Ceramics elective track at NAU)
ART167Painting I3
(required for Painting elective track at NAU)
ART250Introduction to Printmaking3
(required for Printmaking elective track at NAU)
Transfer Plan 8: University of Arizona, Bachelor of Fine Arts, Studio Art (All Emphases)
ART151Sculpture I3
ART161Ceramics I3
ART165Watercolor Painting I3
ART167Painting I3
Arizona General Education Curriculum (AGEC)
AGEC-ACredits: 35-41
A single course with an [HU], [SB], or [L] designation(s) may also be used to satisfy the Oral Communication, Critical Reading, or Awareness Area ([C], [G] and/or [H]) requirement(s).
 
First-Year Composition [FYC]Credits: 6
ENG101First-Year Composition (3) OR
ENG107First-Year Composition for ESL (3) AND
ENG102First-Year Composition (3) OR
ENG108First-Year Composition for ESL (3)6
 
Literacy and Critical Inquiry [L]Credits: 3
Any approved general education course in the Literacy and Critical Inquiry [L] area.3
 
Mathematics [MA]Credits: 3-6
MAT140College Mathematics (5) OR
MAT141College Mathematics (4) OR
MAT142College Mathematics (3) OR
Any approved general education course in the Mathematical Applications [MA] area.3-6
 
Computer/Statistics/Quantitative Applications [CS]Credits: 3
Any approved general education course in the Computer/Statistics/Quantitative Applications [CS] area.3
 
Humanities, Arts and Design [HU]Credits: 6
For ASU BFA Art (Ceramics), ASU BFA Art (Painting and Drawing), ASU BFA Art (Photography), ASU BFA Art (Printmaking), ASU BFA Art (Sculpture), and ASU BFA Art (Textiles):
ARH101Prehistoric through Gothic Art (3) OR
ARH102Renaissance through Contemporary Art (3)3
AND
ARH145History of American Indian Art (3) OR
ARH201Art of Asia (3) OR
ARH217Mexican Art History (3)3
For NAU BFA Studio Art:
ARH101Prehistoric through Gothic Art (3) OR
ARH102Renaissance through Contemporary Art (3)3
AND
Any approved general education course in the Humanities, Arts and Design [HU] area.3
For U of A BFA Studio Art:
ARH101Prehistoric through Gothic Art3
ARH102Renaissance through Contemporary Art3
 
Social-Behavioral Sciences [SB]Credits: 6
Any approved general education courses in the Social-Behavioral Sciences [SB] area.6
(Recommend selecting a course that fulfills both the Social-Behavioral Sciences [SB] area and Cultural Diversity in the U.S. [C] designation)
 
Natural Sciences [SG]/[SQ]Credits: 8
Any approved general education course in the Natural Sciences (Quantitative) [SQ] area (4) AND
Any approved general education course in the Natural Sciences (Quantitative) [SQ] area or the Natural Sciences (General) [SG] area (4).8
 
Awareness AreasCredits: 0-3
These requirements may be shared with other AGEC requirements.
 
Cultural Diversity in the US [C]Credits: 0-3
0-3
 
Historical/Global Awareness [H]/[G]Credits: 0
Met by ARH101 and ARH102 in AGEC [HU] requirements.
 
MCCCD Additional Requirements
MCCCD Additional RequirementsCredits: 0-6
Courses in this area may also be applied to AGEC Requirements. To minimize total credits required for degree and maximize transferable credits, it is recommended that courses be selected that meet more than one requirement wherever possible.
 
Oral CommunicationCredits: 0-3
COM100Introduction to Human Communication (3) OR
COM110Interpersonal Communication (3) OR
COM225Public Speaking (3) OR
COM230Small Group Communication (3)0-3
 
Critical ReadingCredits: 0-3
CRE101College Critical Reading and Critical Thinking (3) OR
Equivalent as indicated by assessment (0)0-3
General Electives
General Electives
Course #Course TitleCredits
Select courses 100-level or higher to complete a minimum of 60 semester credits but no more than a total of 64 semester credits. Consult with an Academic Advisor.

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