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Minimum credits Required: 62

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The Associate of Fine Arts degree in Visual Arts is designed for transfer to the Fine Arts bachelor's degree at all Arizona public universities. The program gives students a strong foundation in visual composition and art history and prepares them to continue their fine arts education in drawing, painting, photography, ceramics, or sculpture. Students completing this degree will transfer 60-64 credits to all Arizona public universities. Requirements differ significantly among state universities. Students should see an advisor to plan their program of study to avoid transfer difficulties.


AGEC-A Requirements: 35 credits

*All AGEC coursework must be selected from the approved AGEC list.
Course Course Title Hours
Composition (6 credits)    
ENG 101 College Composition I 3
ENG 102 College Composition II 3
Mathematics (3 credits)    
MAT 140 or higher. College Mathematics (5) or higher. 3
Arts/Humanities (9 credits)    
ART 201 Art History I 3
ART 202 Art History II 3
One additional course. Any Arts and Humanities course, excluding ART. 3
Social/Behavioral Sciences (6 credits)    
Two courses from different disciplines.   6
Physical/Biological Sciences (8 credits)    
Two courses.   8
Options (0-6 credits)     
Any AGEC coursework to complete 35 credits. 0-6
Special Requirements  
Must be met within the General Education requirements by a minimum of 2 courses.  
Intensive Writing/Critical Inquiry   "W"
Ethnic/Race/Gender Awareness   "E"
Contemporary Global/International Awareness or Historical Awareness "C"

Degree Core Requirements: 15 credits

Course Course Title Hours
ART 110 Drawing I 3
ART 111 Drawing II 3
ART 160 Color and Design 3
ART 165 Three-Dimensional Design 3
ART 210 Life Drawing 3

Electives: 12 credits

Select from electives suggested below or other Art (ART) courses as stated in the Course Equivalency Guide (www.aztransfer.com). Additional electives may be selected with program coordinator approval.
Course Course Title Hours
ART 120 Ceramics I 3
ART 121 Ceramics II 3
ART 136 Digital Photography I 3
ART 190 Painting I 3
ART 191 Painting II 3
ART 236 Digital Photography II 3


The outcomes identified below define the knowledge and skill sets that graduates will possess at the end of their program of study.

  • Possess drawing skills that include the ability to render forms in pictorial space using light and shade, describe variations in textures and surface qualities, and incorporate the Elements of Drawing in creating evocative images through the effective use of a variety of drawing media
  • Possess composition skills in two and three-dimensional media that indicate their knowledge of, and ability to use effectively, basic design principles including, balance and tension, rhythm and repetition, contrast, emphasis and subordination, unity and variety
  • Gain the ability to effectively use basic color schemes as well as the ability to use color as an expressive element.
  • Be able to discuss historical works of art in the context of the social and cultural climate they were created in and, if applicable, their significance in relationship to subsequent styles or movements in western art.
  • Gain the ability to analyze and critically evaluate the form and content of works of art


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