Program of Study

students in a figure drawing classCoursework in for the Associate of Fine Art degree in Visual art consists 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 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.


Additional Information

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

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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 Day A10600 REVISED

Program Contact

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

Katina Barksdale, Associate Dean, Arts & Sciences Division at 336.757.3369 or kbarksdale@forsythtech.edu