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Associate in Fine Arts in Visual Arts

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Program Overview

If you’re a creative type, chances are you’re motivated by more than just a paycheck. But that doesn’t mean the “starving artist” stereotype is true. The Associate in Fine Arts in Visual Arts program at College of The Albemarle (COA) is the perfect way to explore your creative passions while preparing to transfer for your Bachelor of Fine Arts and pursue a host of artistic careers. From your sketchbook to the canvas, let’s work to transform your creative passion into purpose.

  • Degree: Associate of Fine Arts in Visual Arts
  • Program length: four semesters (two years)
  • Locations: COA – Elizabeth City and COA – Dare
  • Student-to-faculty ratio: 10:1
  • Careers: professional artist, graphic designer, web designer, art teacher, gallery manager and interior designer

Learn by doing through in-studio and outside assignments that let you express your unique view of the world. Visual arts students will explore and refine their skills with two- and three-dimensional design, drawing, painting, sculpture and ceramics. They also have the opportunity to exhibit their work at local arts venues and participate in local charitable events like Food Bank of the Albemarle’s Empty Bowls fundraiser. In addition, you’ll explore art history to see how other artists’ visions created and expressed the world’s many cultures.

Expert Faculty

Our faculty are Fulbright Scholars, working artists and distinguished artists in residence.

Collectively, they have more than 50 years experience teaching, and countless more years creating their own work. They exhibit regionally, nationally and internationally and even run artists’ retreats for fellow visionaries. Together they’ve transformed our Visual Arts program into one of the finest among the state’s community colleges.

Student Success

Our students have transferred on to study art at Virginia Commonwealth University and University of North Carolina (UNC) Asheville, to name a few. And, our Uniform Articulation Agreement with the UNC System allows our graduates to seamlessly transfer to any one of the UNC Bachelor of Fine Arts/Visual Arts programs.

Job Prospects

Transferring to earn your Bachelor of Fine Arts will open opportunities for you to become a professional artist, graphic designer, web designer, art teacher, gallery manager or interior designer.

Outstanding Value

Complete courses required of first-year and second-year art majors at many four-year institutions, at a fraction of the cost. Receive individual attention in small classes and have more time to refine and expand your artistic skills.

Curriculum Guide

Course
Number
Course
Title
Corequisites Prerequisites Credits
Student Success 1
ACA 122 College Transfer Success n/a none 1
Composition 6
ENG 111 Writing and Inquiry ENG 011 ENG 002 Tier 1 3
ENG 112 Writing/Research
in the Disciplines
n/a ENG 111 3
Communications 3
COM 231 Public Speaking n/a ENG 111 3
Humanities and Fine Arts 3
Select one course from:
DRA 111 (none), MUS 110 (none), MUS 112 (none), PHI 215 (ENG 111), PHI 240 (ENG 111), ENG 231 (ENG 112, 113, or 114), ENG 232 (ENG 112), ENG 241 (ENG 112), ENG 242 (ENG 112)
3
n/a n/a n/a varies — prerequisites in parentheses n/a
Social/Behavioral Sciences 6
Select two courses from different disciplines:
ECO 251 (ENG 002 Tier 1 and MAT 003 Tier 1), ECO 252 (ENG 002 Tier 1 and MAT 003 Tier 1), HIS 111 (ENG 002 Tier 1), HIS 112 (ENG 002 Tier 1), HIS 131 (ENG 002 Tier 1), HIS 132 (ENG 002 Tier 1), POL 120 (ENG 002 Tier 1), PSY 150 (ENG 002 Tier 1), or SOC 210 (ENG 002 Tier 1)
n/a n/a n/a varies — prerequisites in parentheses 3
n/a n/a n/a varies — prerequisites in parentheses 3
Mathematics 3 – 4
Select one course from:
MAT 143 – 3 credit hours (ENG 002 Tier 1 and MAT 003 Tier 1), MAT 152 – 4 credit hours (ENG 002 Tier 1 and MAT 003 Tier 1), or MAT 171 – 4 credit hours (MAT 003 Tier 2 or MAT 143 or MAT 152)
n/a n/a varies varies — prerequisites in parentheses 3 – 4
Natural Sciences 4
Select one course from:
AST 111 with AST 111A (MAT 003 Tier 1), BIO 111 (ENG 002 Tier 1 and MAT 003 Tier 2), CHM 151 (ENG 002 Tier 1 and MAT 003 Tier 2), or PHY 110 with PHY 110A (MAT 003 Tier 1)
n/a n/a n/a varies — prerequisites in parentheses 4
Total Universal General Education Transfer Courses Semester Hours Required for Associate Degree 26 – 27
Course
Number
Course
Title
Corequisites Prerequisites Credits
Health/Wellness 2 – 3
HEA 110 – 3 credit hours (ENG 002, Tier 1), PED 110 – 2 credit hours (none), or two 1 credit hours PED activity courses (Level I and Beginning activity courses have no prerequisite; Level 2 and Intermediate activity courses have prerequisite of the corresponding Level 1 or Beginning activity courses.)
n/a n/a n/a varies — prerequisites in parentheses varies
n/a n/a n/a varies — prerequisites in parentheses varies
Major Core Courses 15
ART 114 Art History Survey I n/a ENG 002 Tier 1 3
ART 115 Art History Survey II n/a ENG 002 Tier 1 3
ART 121 Two Dimensional Design n/a none 3
ART 122 Three Dimensional Design n/a none 3
ART 131 Drawing I n/a none 3
Other Required Courses 3
ART 215 Visual Art Portfolio Limited to those who have completed a sequence in the proposed area of study n/a 3
Additional Course Work 13 – 14
Select two Art electives from the following:
ART 132 Drawing II (ART 131), ART 240 Painting I (none), ART 241 Painting II (ART 240), ART 281 Sculpture I (ART 122 or permission of instructor), ART 283 Ceramics I (none), ART 284 Ceramics II (ART 283 or equivalent and permission of instructor.)
6
Select 7 – 8 additional credit hours from the COA list of Comprehensive Articulation Agreement (CAA) courses. 7 – 8
Total Semester Hours Required for Associate Degree 60 – 61