Program Overview

Associate in Fine Arts
Degree Level 
Program head 
Henderson, Betsy

The Associate in Fine Arts - Visual Arts (AFA) degree shall be granted for a planned program of study consisting of a minimum of 60-61 semester hours of credit (SHC) of college transfer courses, with a specialization of visual arts. Within the degree program, the institution shall include opportunities for the achievement of competence in reading, writing, oral communication, fundamental mathematical skills, as well as Art History and multi-dimensional design.

Courses are approved for transfer through the Comprehensive Articulation Agreement (CAA).

Community college graduates must obtain a “C” or better in each course and an overall GPA of at least 2.0 on a 4.0 scale in order to transfer.

Courses may also transfer through bilateral agreements between institutions.

Program Options
Day - All Courses
Evening - Some Courses
Online - Some Courses
Credential Offered For This Program
Associate in Fine Arts
# of Courses
# of Credit Hours
Selective/Special Admissions: No
Skills Needed   Typical Job Duties   Work Locations   4-Year Major Tracks

Communication Skills
Critical Thinking
Written and verbal skills

  College Transfer Programs such as the Associate in Fine Arts, are designed to assist with transition towards a Bachelor’s degree, not necessarily into a job.  

Students completing the Associate in Fine Arts degree, but do not transfer, may find work in a variety of settings:

Gallery Assistant

Art Instructor
(Continuing Education; Summer Camps; Park/Recreation departments)

Freelance Artst

  Possible 4-Year
Major Tracks:

Art Education (K-12)
New Media & Design
Printmaking & Design
Studio Art
Art Management
Graphic Design
Graphic Arts & Imaging Technology
Visal Communications
Interdisciplinary Arts & Media

Ease of transferring to the University

The Comprehensive Articulation Agreement and Pre-Major Articulation Agreements:

The North Carolina Comprehensive Articulation Agreement (CAA) is a statewide agreement governing the transfer of credits between N.C. community colleges and N.C. public universities and has as its objective the smooth transfer of students. The CAA identifies community college courses that are appropriate for transfer as electives, along with courses that will satisfy pre-major and general education requirements. Below is a representative list of pre-major agreements. For more detailed information, go to

Art Education
Biology & Biology Education
Business Administration/Accounting
Business Education
Chemistry & Chemistry Education

Computer Science
Elementary Education

English Education
Health Education
Liberal Studies

Math Education
Middle Grades Education
Physical Education
Political Science

Social Work
Special Education
(Studio art opportunities)


For More Information 
Henderson, Betsy