The Associate in Fine Arts (AFA) degree program prepares students to move towards professional practice or the pursuit of a bachelor’s degree at a four-year college or university. The AFA curriculum helps students strengthen and expand their creativity as well as their technical knowledge of the history and practice of creating art and design. The coursework and studio experiences build students’ skills in concept development, visual observation, personal expression, critical thinking, and problem solving – skills essential for prospering in the professional practice of art and design. The program is grounded in the traditions of hands-on practice in drawing, painting, sculpting, ceramics, and printmaking while also connecting fully to the rich opportunities in digital and other emerging technologies.
The program brings together the strengths that CVCC has to offer, small class sizes, artist led instruction, and hands-on training. The Associate in Fine Arts in Visual Arts gives artists a broad base to practice their skills and hone their talents. Students learn problem-solving skills applicable not only to art studies, but also to everyday life. We foster lifelong learning, appreciation of diverse points of view, and recognition of art as a fundamental form of human expression.
Please see the catalog for more information about the Associate in Fine Arts in Visual Arts curriculum.
The Comprehensive Articulation Agreement (CAA) allows a student who earns the Associate degree with no grade lower than a "C" to be guaranteed admission to at least one of the UNC system schools as a Junior and make a smooth transition for maximum credit transfer.
Some Associate in Applied Science degrees may transfer in full or in part to a four year school. CVCC has agreements with certain schools to accept the AAS degree in a 2 + 2 arrangement (subject to change).
Important Note: As always, it is imperative that a student at CVCC should be in full conversation with the senior school before selecting and completing a program of study at CVCC.
Associate in Fine Arts in Visual Arts may transfer to BFA in Art at:
Associate in Fine Arts in Visual Arts may transfer to BFA in Studio Art at:
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