Associate in Fine Arts in Visual Arts (A10600) Degree Requirements

The degree requirements below are for students starting this degree Fall 2017.

The Associate in Fine Arts (AFA) in Visual Arts degree is designed for students who wish to transfer to one of the UNC Bachelor in Fine Arts (BFA) in Visual Arts programs under the Associate in Fine Arts in Visual Arts to Bachelor of Fine Arts Articulation Agreement (AFAVA to BFA AA). There are seven BFA-granting institutions within the UNC system whose focus is on the visual arts: Appalachian State University (BFA in Studio Art), East Carolina University (BFA in Arts), UNC Asheville (BFA in Art), UNC Chapel Hill (BFA in Studio Art), UNC Charlotte (BFA in Art), UNC Greensboro (BFA in Studio Art), Western Carolina University (BFA in Art).

AFA in Visual Arts graduates must meet the portfolio submission requirements and associated timelines as published by each BFA program. Admission to a visual art program is competitive and acceptance into any BFA program is not guaranteed. Each student must follow the admissions process of the specific receiving university.

The Associate in Fine Arts in Visual Arts degree shall be granted for a planned program of study consisting of a minimum of 60 semester hours of credit (SHC) 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. More specifically, students foster a great understanding of social and personal responsibility, communication, critical thinking, and technical literacy as student learning outcomes.

AFA in Visual Arts graduates must obtain a grade of “C” or better in each course and an overall GPA of at least 2.0 on a 4.0 scale in order to transfer under the AFAVA to BFA AA. Courses may also transfer through bilateral agreements between institutions.

Courses                                                                                      Semester Hours

UNIVERSAL GENERAL EDUCATION TRANSFER COMPONENT (25-26 SHC)*      25-26

The universal general education transfer component (UGETC) includes study in the areas of humanities, fine arts, communication, social and behavioral sciences, natural sciences, mathematics, and English composition.

English Composition (6 SHC)………………………………………………….. 6
ENG-111 and ENG-112

Humanities/Fine Arts (6 SHC)…………………………………………………. 6
Select two courses from two of the following discipline areas:
Art (ART-111)
Communication (COM-231)
Literature (ENG-231, 232, 241, 242)
Music (MUS-110, 112)
Philosophy (PHI-215, 240)

Social/Behavioral Sciences (6 SHC)………………………………………….. 6
Select two courses from two of the following discipline areas:
Economics (ECO-251, 252)
History (HIS-111, 112, 131, 132)
Political Science (POL-120)
Psychology (PSY-150)
Sociology (SOC-210)

Mathematics (3-4 SHC)……………………………………………………………. 3-4
MAT-143
MAT-152
MAT-171

Natural Sciences (4 SHC)………………………………………………………….. 4
Select 4 SHC from the following:
Astronomy (AST-111 & 111A)
Biology (BIO-110, 111)
Chemistry (CHM-151)
Geology (GEL-111)
Physics (PHY-110 & 110A)

OTHER REQUIRED HOURS (35 SHC)…………………………………………. 35

Major Core ……………………………………………………………………………… 15

ART-114 Art History Survey I (3 SHC)
ART-115 Art History Survey II (3 SHC)
ART-121 Two-Dimensional Design (3 SHC)
ART-122 Three-Dimensional Design (3 SHC)
ART-131 Drawing I (3 SHC)

Art Studio Electives …………………………………………………………………. 18

Select six courses from Art Studio Electives (choose at least one from each of the three groups.)
Two-dimensional Electives:
ART-132 Drawing II (3 SHC)
ART-135 Figure Drawing I (3 SHC)
ART-231 Printmaking I (3 SHC)
ART-232 Printmaking II (3 SHC)
ART-240 Painting I (3 SHC)
ART-241 Painting II (3 SHC)
Three-dimensional Electives:
ART-281 Sculpture I (3 SHC)
ART-283 Ceramics I (3 SHC)
Digital Electives:
ART-171 Computer Art I (3 SHC)
ART-264 Digital Photography I (3 SHC)

Portfolio and Resume (1 SHC)
ART-214 Portfolio and Résumé …………………………………………………… 1
Validation of the level of achievement in studio course work may be determined through portfolio review at the receiving institution.

Academic Transition (1 SHC)
The following course is required:
ACA-122 College Transfer Success …………………………………………… 1 

TOTAL SEMESTER HOURS CREDIT (SHC) IN PROGRAM……….. 60-61

*Students must meet the receiving university’s foreign language and/or health and physical education requirements, if applicable, prior to or after transfer to the senior institution.