Associate in Fine Arts – Visual Arts

Program Description

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. AFA-Visual Arts Degree offers seamless transfer to one of the University of North Carolina institutions through the Uniform Articulation Agreement (UAA) as well as the NC Independent Colleges and University Uniform Articulation Agreement (NCICU UAA). For more information on these agreements please refer to the NC Community College Website

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. Most classes in the degree curriculum can be taken online or at any of our four campuses. The required studio art classes must be taken in person in our Art studio on the Henderson Main campus.

Studio Art classes offered through the AFA degree:

Two Dimensional Design, Three-Dimensional Design, Drawing I and II, Painting I and II, Visual Art Portfolio, Methods and Materials, Figure Drawing I, Digital Photography

B.F.A., M.F.A.
Department Chair/Instructor, Humanities and Fine Arts
MAIN CAMPUS - Henderson
(252) 738-3371
Program Name Credit Hours Program Type
Associate Fine Arts Degree A10600 (Course Sequence) 60-61
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Program Details

Discover the specifics of our programs, including required courses, course sequence, pathways, and learning outcomes.

Vance-Granville Community College has joined the “Scholar of Global Distinction” program, a partnership between community colleges and UNC World View, a public service program of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.

As a “Scholar of Global Distinction” college, VGCC will allow students the opportunity to earn a “Graduated with Global Distinction” notation on their transcripts by:

  • Completing at least 15 credit hours of globally intensive courses;
  • Participating in eight international activities and dialogues;
  • Gaining 30 hours of global experience in a study abroad or domestic intercultural experience; and
  • Completing a capstone presentation related to their two-year global learning experience.

Examples of globally intensive courses are foreign language courses, as well as courses with “World,” “Global,” “International,” “Comparative” or “Cultural” in the course title.

The program seeks to develop students’ abilities to:

  • Investigate the world beyond their immediate environment, framing significant problems and conducting well-crafted and age-appropriate research;
  • Recognize perspectives, others’ and their own, articulating and explaining such perspectives thoughtfully and respectfully;
  • Communicate ideas effectively with diverse audiences, bridging geographic, linguistic, ideological, and cultural barriers; and
  • Reflect critically on their role as a member of the global community and pursue ways to create positive change.

For more information, contact VGCC’s World View liaisons: instructor Frankie K. Frink at or 919-528-4737; and instructor Jason Damon Bryan at or 252-738-3538.

  1. Communication Skills: Communicate effectively through writing and speaking.
  2. Quantitative Reasoning: Understand and apply mathematical concepts and interpret numerical data.
  3. Critical Thinking: Evaluate the relevance and validity of information in order to draw logical and useful conclusions.
  4. Technological Skills: Use technology to acquire and share information.
  5. Global and Cultural Awareness: Demonstrate an understanding of global and cultural diversity, events, and issues.
  6. Occupational Skills: Demonstrate knowledge and skills necessary for entry level positions or continued education in a field of study.