Jan 23, 2021  
2020-2021 Catalog 
2020-2021 Catalog

Fine Arts, A.F.A.

Academic Program Code: 251

This program is designed for art majors seeking a professional career and/or transfer to a professional B.F.A. program.  A variety of technical and conceptual skills needed by artists of today are emphasized.

General Education Courses

Select a minimum of 16 credit hours of course work from the General Education course list.  Course work must be selected as directed from the areas below.

English Composition and Communications


Select one (1) Humanities General Education Elective from a discipline other than AT.

Social Sciences

Select one (1) Social Sciences General Education Elective.

Natural Sciences and Mathematics

Select a four (4) credit hour Natural Sciences General Education Elective (Lab/Non Lab) or Mathematics General Education Elective.

General Education Total Credit Hours

16 (minimum)

Total Credit Hours


Essential Abilities/Technical Standards

1. Essential judgment skills to include: ability to identify, assess, and comprehend visual and conceptual situations for the purpose of problem solving around themes, subjects and technical/process challenges to elicit appropriate conclusions and/or course of actions. Critical and creative thinking are expected cornerstones of all work assigned in this program.

2. Essential physical/neurological functions to include: ability to use the senses of seeing, hearing, and touch to make correct judgments regarding  visual and conceptual situations (which could include still-life and model arrangements) and meet  required physical expectations to perform interventions for the purpose of demonstrating competence to safely engage in studio practice. Behaviors that demonstrate essential neurological and physical functions include, but are not limited to observation, listening, understanding relationships, writing, and psychomotor abilities consistent with course and program expectations. In addition, students should possess the following abilities:

  1. Ability to see still-lifes, life-models, and other subjects from a minimum of 8 feet distance.
  2. Ability to see color
  3. Ability to measure visually using a sighting stick.
  4. Ability to stand for 30 minutes or more while working on studio projects.

3. Essential communication skills to include: ability to communicate effectively with fellow students, faculty, and all members of the Visual Arts programs. Skills include verbal, written, and nonverbal abilities as well as information technology skills consistent with effective communication.

Written and verbal critiques are expected and essential to success in this program.

4. Essential emotional coping skills: ability to demonstrate the mental health necessary to safely engage in studio practice as determined by professional standards.

This program requires students to critically evaluate own atworks, and those of others, to enhance the learning process.  Students are expected to cope with critique and apply the learning from it to the completion of studio projects.

5. Essential intellectual/conceptual skills to include: ability to measure, calculate, analyze, synthesize, and evaluate to engage competently in studio practice. Students should exhibit the following abilities:

  1. Ability to measure with sighting stick
  2. Ability to calculate proportions
  3. Ability to work with perspective principles/calculations
  4. Ability to synthesize multiple concepts and visuals within an artwork
  5. Ability to visualize, imagine, and synthesize ideas into artworks
  6. Ability to analyze connections, correlations, spatial considerations, etc… and their effects on conceptual development
  7. Ability to analyze concepts, readings, and research relevant to visual arts

6. Other essential behavioral attributes: ability to engage in activities consistent with safe studio practice without demonstrated behaviors of addiction to, abuse of, or dependence on alcohol or other drugs that may impair behavior or judgment. The student must demonstrate responsibility and accountability for actions as a student in the Visual Arts Department and as a developing professional in the field of art consistent with accepted standards of practice.