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Studio Art

Associate of Fine Arts


students at easels drawing

Our studio art AFA degree 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 take core studio courses in drawing (Introduction to Drawing, Intermediate Drawing and Figure Drawing I), and 2-D and 3-D design, that mirrors the first-year experience at an art school.

Montgomery College is accredited by the National Association of Schools of Art and Design (NASAD).

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.

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

The Studio Art AFA is a designated statewide program. The Maryland Higher Education Commission designates some community college programs as statewide programs. A student may enroll in any of these programs at the same rates as in-county residents if the program is not offered by their local community college or if the student cannot enroll due to an enrollment limit. For more information on statewide programs, please see Curricula Informationnew windownew window.

Program Outcomes

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

  • Create a professional portfolio of artworks in a range of media.
  • Apply principles of visual organization in a diverse range of two and three dimensional media.
  • Utilize technical skills to achieve visual communication and expression in a range of art media, including painting and sculpture.
  • Analyze a work of art within art historical and contemporary context, and apply this awareness to one's own creative investigations.

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. For students pursuing this AFA degree, there is a transfer agreement with Pennsylvania College of Art and Design. Students may also choose to pursue the art AA degree or the general studies degree. The choice depends on which degree most closely aligns with a four-year school’s lower level requirements. Work with a counselor or advisor as you make your decision. See all transfer agreements.


For some positions listed, a bachelor's degree or higher may be required. Use the Career and Program Explorer to see a full report for this career field. See links below chart for further guidance and/or connect with a Program Advisor to discuss career goals.

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. 

  • MC Student Employment Services: Speak with the Student Employment Specialist for help with resume writing, interviewing, setting up a College Central Network (CCN)new window account and other job search topics.
  • Career Coach: Explore Career Coach to learn more about this career and/or discover related majors and in-demand careers based on your current interests! Take a Career Assessment and then browse careers and job opportunities in the area.


Suggest Course Sequence: Studio Art

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

  • All students should review the advising guide and consult an advisor.
  • Find out about related programs and course in the Fields of Study section.
  • 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

Students should complete the required English and Math foundation courses within the first 24 credit hours. All students should review the Program Advising Guide€‹ and consult an advisor.

First Semester

Second Semester

Third Semester

Fourth Semester

  • Humanities Distribution 3 semester hours (HUMD)
  • Art Program Elective3 semester hours ‡‡‡
  • Behavioral and Social Sciences Distribution 3 semester hours(BSSD)
  • Art Program Elective3 semester hours ‡‡‡
  • Natural Sciences Distribution with Lab 4semester hours(NSLD)

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

‡ Craft Program Electives: ARTT 120, ARTT 123, ARTT 245, or ARTT 247.

‡‡ Printmaking Program Electives: ARTT 225, ARTT 226, ARTT 227, ARTT 228, ARTT 230, or ARTT 233.

‡‡‡ Art Program Electives: Select any ARTT, GDES 134GDES 210, or GDES 220.

How To Apply and Register

Related Programs and Courses

General Studies Degree

Students who major in general studies explore personal, professional, and academic areas of interest within a flexible framework supporting transfer.

Workforce Development and Continuing Education

MC offers a wide variety of noncredit classes. These courses are designed to help you upgrade your skills, pursue career training, or learn something new.