Studio Art AFA

Associate of Fine Arts
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The School of Art + Design (SA+D) provides an intensive art school experience to prepare you for a BFA program at a prestigious four-year school.

During the first year of the program, you will participate in a cohort that mirrors the first-year experience at an art school and take core studio courses in drawing (Introduction to Drawing, Intermediate Drawing and Figure Drawing I), and 2-D and 3-D design.

In your second year of the degree, you will focus studies on studio art classes and prepare for transfer to premier art colleges across the US. Studio art majors study drawing, painting, printmaking, and sculpture.

Graduates of the program continue their study in many areas including fine art, graphic design, web page design, curating, art education, advertising, fashion design, and interior design. Administrators, faculty, and staff can answer your questions and help guide you along the path toward your goals. Our primary concern is to help you reach your highest potential.

The School of Art + Design has specific admission requirements. All students should meet with a discipline adviser in the Department of Visual and Performing Arts to gain acceptance into the program and to plan their program of study, as well as their transfer and career goals.

Enroll at MC and set your sights on a successful career in the visual arts.

Program Outcomes

Upon completion of this program a student will be able to:

  • Demonstrate visual problem solving capability.
  • Utilize foundational skills and demonstrate competency in a range of art media and techniques.
  • Demonstrate comprehension of art with a historical and contemporary context.

Program Advising

Meet with your academic advisor regularly to discuss your academic plans and make sure you are on track to graduate and/or transfer. 

Transfer Opportunities

MC has a long history of successfully preparing students for transfer to four-year institutions. See all transfer agreements.

Careers

Employment of arts and design occupations is projected to grow 4 percent from 2016 to 2026. More workers will be needed to meet the growing demand for animation and visual effects in video games, movies, television, and on mobile devices, as well as to help create visually appealing and effective layouts of websites and other media platforms. 

Curriculum

Suggest Course Sequence: Studio Art

A suggested two-year course sequence for full-time students in Studio Art follows

All students should review the advising guide and consult an advisor. Most courses have either assessment levels that must be met or prerequisites (courses that must be taken first). Part-time students and those who need to meet assessment levels or take prerequisite courses will take longer to complete a degree. An advisor will help make sure you are taking your courses in the right order.

All degree-seeking students must take a central group of General Education courses in English, mathematics, arts, behavioral and social sciences, humanities, and science. These courses are included in the suggested course sequence below.


Suggested Course Sequence


All students should review the Program Advising Guide​ and consult an advisor.

First Semester


Second Semester


Third Semester


Fourth Semester


  • Behavioral and social sciences distribution 3 semester hours(BSSD)
  • Natural sciences distribution with lab 4semester hours(NSLD)
  • Program art elective 3 semester hours‡‡‡
  • Program art elective 3 semester hours‡‡‡

* ENGL 101/ENGL 101A, if needed for ENGL 102/ENGL 103, or art elective.

‡ Program craft electives: ARTT 120, ARTT 123, ARTT 245, or ARTT 247.

‡‡ Program printmaking electives: ARTT 225, ARTT 226, ARTT 227, ARTT 228, ARTT 230, or ARTT 233.

‡‡‡ Program art electives: Select any ARTT, GDES 134, GDES 210, or GDES 220.


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