Associate in Fine Arts in Visual Arts (AFA)

The Associate in Fine Arts (AFA) is intended for students who ultimately wish to complete a baccalaureate fine arts degree (BFA or BAFA) within four years. AFA curriculum courses focus on visual arts but the degree also includes general education offerings emphasizing the development of analytical skills, written and oral communication, and competencies in math and science.

Course Descriptions

Printable Plan of Study (pdf): 2018-2019, 2017-2018


2018–2019 Associate in Fine Arts: Visual Arts (A10600)

Art classThis template has been developed by university and community college faculty and made specific for Durham Tech students. It is to be used as a blueprint for guiding students interested in majoring in AFA in Visual Arts. Students who successfully complete this course of study and who meet the requirements for admission to the university may be eligible to apply for admission to the major with junior standing. This agreement is meant as a guide and the student should not assume that it addresses unique requirements set by his or her university of choice. It is the student’s responsibility to become aware of individual requirements of the senior institution.

At Durham Tech, the appropriate Program Director(s) and academic advisors work one-on-one with AFA students to fit their academic needs. Communication with the specific four-year institution targeted by a student is vital to successful transfer, and is ultimately the responsibility of the student. Students can complete requirements through day, evening, or online classes according to availability. The Associate in Fine Arts in Visual Arts Degree is awarded upon successful completion of 60-1semester hours of credit, including the minimum in each of the areas below. ACA 122 is required for graduation. All students are advised to take ACA 122 in their first semester at Durham Tech to create a suitable plan of study.

General Education – 25-26 SHC (“Semester Hours of Credit”)
Course SHC SEM Grade
English Composition (6 SHC)
ENG 111 Writing and Inquiry (Prereq: DRE 096-098) 3    
ENG 112 Writing/Research in the Disciplines (Prereq: ENG 111) 3    
Humanities/Fine Arts (6 SHC)
Choose from COM 231, MUS 110, MUS 112, PHI 215, or PHI 240
(Prereq: DRE 096-098 – except for PHI 215 & 240, which have ENG 111 prereq)
3    
Choose from ENG 231, ENG 232, ENG 241, ENG 242 (Prereq: ENG 112) 3    
Social/Behavioral Sciences (6 SHC)
Choose from HIS 111, HIS 112, HIS 131, HIS 132 (Prereq: DRE 096-098) 3    
Choose from ECO 251, ECO 252, POL 120, PSY 150, SOC 210
(Prereq: DRE 096-098; ECO 251-DRE 096-098 & DMA 010-050)
3    
Mathematics (3-4 SHC)
Choose from MAT 143, MAT 152, MAT 171, MAT 271, MAT 272
(Prereq: MAT 143 & 152-DRE 096-098 & DMA 010-050; MAT 171-DMA 010-080; MAT 271-MAT 172; MAT 272-MAT 271)
3-4    
Natural Sciences (4 SHC)
Choose from AST 151/151A, BIO 111, CHM 151, GEL 111, PHY 110/110A
(Prereq: All-DRE 096-098; PHY 110-DMA 010-030; AST 151 & GEL 111-DMA 010-050; BIO 111-DMA 010-060; CHM 151-DMA 080)
4    
Total Gen Ed Core SHC Completed:      

All students must demonstrate computer competency to graduate. That competency may be demonstrated by a satisfactory score on the computer competency test or by completing CIS 110 or CSC 151.


Other Required Hours (35-36 SHC)
Course SHC SEM Grade
ACA 122 College Transfer Success Course (Prereq: None. This course should be taken in the student’s first semester.) 1    
Major Core (15 SHC)
ART 114 Art History Survey I (Prereq: DRE 096-098) 3    
ART 115 Art History Survey II (Prereq: DRE 096-098) 3    
ART 121 Two-Dimensional Design (Prereq: DRE 096-098) 3    
ART 122 Three-Dimensional Design (Prereq: DRE 096-098) 3    
ART 131 Drawing I (Prereq: DRE 096-098) 3    
Electives (18-20 SHC)
Students may also select elective courses from any courses listed above or below based on their intended major and transfer university.
ART 116 Survey of American Art (Prereq: DRE 096-098) 3    
ART 117 Non-Western Art (Prereq: DRE 096-098) 3    
ART 132 Drawing II (Prereq: ART 131) 3    
ART 135 Figure Drawing I (Prereq: ART 131) 3    
ART 171 Computer Art I (Prereq: DRE 096-098) 3    
ART 240 Painting I (Prereq: DRE 096-098) 3    
ART 244 Watercolor (Prereq: DRE 096-098) 3    
ART 281 Sculpture I (Prereq: DRE 096-098) 3    
ART 283 Ceramics I (Prereq: DRE 096-098) 3    
Choose from any course listed above or ACC 120, ACC 121, ANT 210, ANT 220, ARA 111, ARA 112, ARA 181, ARA 182, ARA 211, ARA 212, ART 111, ASL 111, ASL 112, ASL 181, ASL 182, ASL 211, AST 152/152A, BIO 112, BIO 140/140A, BIO 155, BIO 163, BIO 168, BIO 169, BIO 250, BIO 271, BIO 275, BIO 280, BUS 110, BUS 115, BUS 137, CHM 152, CHM 251, CHM 252, CHM 271, CIS 110, CJC 111, CJC 121, CJC 141, COM 120, COM 150, CSC 134, CSC 151, DRA 111, DRA 122, DRA 170, DFT 170, EGR 150, EGR 220, ENG 273, FRE 111, FRE 112, FRE 181, FRE 182, FRE 211, GEO 111, GEL 230, GER 111, GER 112, GER 181, GER 182, GER 211, GIS 111, HEA 110, HEA 112, HIS 121, HIS 122, HUM 110, HUM 115, HUM 120, HUM 122, HUM 150, HUM 160, HUM 180, JOU 216, JOU 217, MAT 172, MAT 263, MAT 273, MAT 285, MUS 141, MUS 142, MUS 241, MUS 242, PED 110, PHY 151, PHY 152, PHY 251, PHY 252, POL 220, PSY 241, PSY 259, PSY 281, REL 110, REL 211, SOC 220, SOC 225, SPA 111, SPA 112, SPA 181, SPA 182, SPA 211, SPA 212, SPA 221, SPA 231, WBL 111*, WBL 121*      
Total Associate in Fine Arts SHC Completed (Minimum 60-61 SHC):      

Notes: Whenever a DMA or DRE prerequisite is listed, all preceding DMAs or DREs must also be completed.

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.

*Students may take WBL 111 and WBL 121, but these courses are not transferable. Students graduating with WBL courses will need 61-62 hours to graduate.