Program of Study

students in a figure drawing classCoursework in for the Associate of Fine Art degree in Visual art and the Associate of Fine Art Degree in Theatre consist of a minimum of 60 semester hours of  college transfer courses. Within the degree program, the institution shall include opportunities for the achievement of competence in reading, writing, oral communication, fundamental mathematical skills, and basic computer use. Students in a Theatre major will complete 32 hours of general elective credits 15 hours of required core courses and 12-14 hours of fine arts and elective coursework related to the major. Students in a Visual Art major will complete 26 hours of general elective credits, 15 hours of required core courses and 18-20 hours of fine arts and elective coursework related to the major.   Additionally, ACA 122 College Transfer Success is required for both majors.


Careers Available

With an AFA, a student can build a career as a professional fine artist. However, to reach full professional potential and compete in the creative field,  it is recommended that AFA students transfer to a university to complete a bachelor’s degree.

With a BA or BFA in art, design, art history, or theatre many additional career options open:

students drawing outsideVisual Art

  • Fine Arts & Crafts: painting, sculpture, photography, printmaking, ceramics, film and video, illustration, jewelry making, metalsmithing, book arts, glass, fibers, woodworking,
  • Design & Commercial Arts: architecture, jewelry, fashion/clothing, gaming (virtual environments, character development), graphics (print publication, logos, web design, user interface design, package design, motion graphic, animation, infographics, products, textiles, furniture, exhibit design, set design, commercial photography, documentary photography.
  • Arts Education: pre-K, K-12, higher education, community-based education, lifelong learning, extra-curricular education
  • Art History and Arts Management: nonprofit and for-profit galleries and museums, nonprofit development, art therapy, academic research and teaching

a man performing in front of an audienceTheatre

  • Theater Education: Community Theatre, Outreach Programs, K-12 and Higher Education, Youth Theatre, Theatre Librarian.
  • Drama Therapist,
  • Professional Actor/Actress, Artist-in-residence, Voice-over Artist, Acting Coach
  • Playwright, Director, Producer, Casting Director, Technical Director, Dramaturg/Literary Manager.
  • Company Manager, Stage Manager, Box Office Manager, Managing Director.
  • Scenic Designer, Scenic Artist, Costume Designer, Coordinator Hair/Makeup, Special Effects Technician, Property Designer, Lighting Designer, Electrician, Carpenter,
  • Artist’s Agent, Booking Agent, Publicist, Literary Agent
  • Arts Management and Arts Administration: Community Arts Center Director, Arts Council Director, Public Relations Director, Grants Specialist, Arts Fundraiser, Development Director, Press Agent, Business Manager, Audience Relations Specialist, Marketing Director, Outreach Coordinator.

Recommended Courses and Skills

Completion of or placement above DRE 098 and DMA 080 as well as high-school coursework in either art, drama, or music.

Helpful Personal Attributes

Strong communication skills, critical-thinking skills, an ability to work collaboratively with others, a highly developed imagination, a willingness to take creative risks, a deep love for the arts, and a commitment to a four-year program of study.

Program Offerings

Program Credential Level Offered Code
Associate in Fine Arts in Visual Arts Associate in Fine Arts NEW Day and Evening A10600
Associate in Fine Arts in Theatre - Acting Associate in Fine Arts NEW Day and Evening A10800AC

Program Contact

If you would like additional information about the Associate in Fine Arts Degree please contact:

Laura Hortal, Department Chair, Humanities, Communication & Fine Arts at 336.757.3312 or lhortal@forsythtech.edu

Cecilia Wright, Program Coordinator, Fine Arts at 336-757-3445 or cwright1@forsythtech.edu