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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: Elizabeth City and Dare County Campuses
  • 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 none none 1
Composition 6
ENG 111 Writing and Inquiry none DRE 098, or ENG 095, or ENG 090 and RED 090 3
ENG 112 Writing/Research
in the Disciplines
none ENG 111 3
Communications 3
COM 231 Public Speaking none ENG 111 3
Humanities and Fine Art 3
Select one course from:
MUS 110, MUS 112, 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 none varies — prerequisites in parentheses n/a
Social/Behavioral Sciences (two courses from different disciplines) 6
Select two courses from different disciplines:
ECO 251 (DRE 098 and DMA 010-050), ECO 252 (DRE 098 and DMA 010-050), HIS 111 (DRE 098), HIS 112 (DRE 098), HIS 131 (DRE 098), HIS 132 (DRE 098), POL 120 (DRE 098), PSY 150 (DRE 097), or SOC 210 (DRE 098)
n/a n/a none varies — prerequisites in parentheses 3
n/a n/a none varies — prerequisites in parentheses 3
Mathmatics 3 – 4
Select one course from:
MAT 143 — 3 credit hours (DMA 010-050), MAT 152 — 4 credit hours (DMA 010-050), or MAT 171 — 4 credit hours (DMA 010-080)
n/a n/a none varies — prerequisites in parentheses 3 – 4
Natural Sciences 4
Select one course from:
AST 111 with AST 111A (DMA 010-050), BIO 111 (DRE 098 and DMA 010-050), CHM 151 (DMA 010-080; and CHM 090 or one unit of HS Chemistry), or PHY 110 with PHY 110A (DMA 010-050)
n/a n/a none varies — prerequisites in parentheses 4
Total Universal General Education Transfer Courses (UGETC) Semester Hours Required for Associate Degree 26 – 27
Course
Number
Course
Title
Corequisites Prerequisites Credits
Major Core Courses 15
ART 114 Art History Survey I none ENG 090 and RED 090, or ENG 095, or DRE 098, or appropriate placement 3
ART 115 Art History Survey II none ENG 090 and RED 090, or ENG 095, or DRE 098, or appropriate placement 3
ART 121 Two Dimensional Design none none 3
ART 122 Three Dimensional Design none none 3
ART 131 Drawing I none none 3
Other Required Courses 9
ART 215 Visual Art Portfolio Limited to those who have completed a sequence in the proposed area of study none 3
HEA 110 n/a none none 3
Select one course from:
*ART 171 Computer Art (no prerequisites)
CIS 110 Intro to computers (appropriate placement, or ENG 090 and RED 090 and DMA 010-050, or ENG 095 and DMA 010 – 050)
3
Additional Course Work 10
Choose two Art electives from the following:
ART 132 Drawing II (ART 131), ART 240 Painting I, ART 241 Painting II (ART 240), ART 281 Sculpture I (ART 122 or permission of instructor), ART 283 Ceramics I, ART 284 Ceramics II (ART 283 or equivalent and permission of instructor)
6
Select four additional credit hours from the COA list of Comprehensive Articulation Agreement (CAA) courses 4
Total Semester Hours Required for Associate Degree 60 – 61