Associate in Arts, Fine Arts - Art

Fine Arts: Art - AAFA

The Associate in Arts, Fine Arts (AAFA) - Art degree provides the first two years of a four-year curriculum for students who wish to specialize in fine arts, including painting, ceramics, textiles, jewelry, sculpture, metals, photography, and drawing. This degree offers an emphasis in creative problem-solving that is required in most career fields. With an associate degree, students may pursue a career as a practicing artist. With a bachelor or graduate degree in fine arts, students may also pursue a career in museums, galleries, community-based art organizations, or art instruction.

Details

Major Code: 
8105
Award: 
Associate in Arts, Fine Arts - Art
Total credits required: 
60-69
Award notes

Students must earn a grade of C or better in all courses in the program.

Students who wish to transfer to an art school should contact an art faculty member at their institution for more information.

At Scottsdale...

Academic Program: 

Scottsdale Community College offers an Associate of Arts in Fine Arts degree that transfers to Arizona State University and other four-year institutions. The program is strong and compares well with other colleges, universities, and art schools in Arizona. The Art Department faculty members are professional working artists and teach their own classes in person. SCC’s Fine Arts program is connected to the arts community, and has continuous award winning programs in academic and professional fields.

Scottsdale Community College is the place among places for students pursuing a fine arts degree or fine arts courses. It is the place where faculty know you by name. A place that professional working artists return to year after year to sharpen their talents due to the expertise of the professors and quality of the courses. A program that will prepare you for the next step in your academic, professional, or occupational journey in the arts.

Program Learning Outcomes
  • Demonstrate foundational skills in the use of art process and media to enable effective visual communication and personal expression. (ART111, ART112, ART113, ART115, ART116, ART122, ART131, ART132, ART151, ART161, ART165, ART167, ART250, ART277)
  • Apply critical thinking skills, the creative process, and aesthetic/perceptual literacy to solve visual, technical and conceptual problems in various media. (ARH101, ARH102, ART111, ART112, ART113, ART115, ART116, ART122, ART131, ART132, ART151, ART161, ART165, ART167, ART250, ART277, [FYC], [MA], (COM), [CS], [SB], [SQ], [SG], [L])
  • Communicate and collaborate effectively while recognizing diverse opinions and cultural and individual differences. (ARH101, ARH102, ART131, ART132, ART151, ART161, ART250, ART255AB, ART255, [FYC], (COM), [SB], [L])
  • Interpret the social, cultural, historical, and contemporary contexts that influence the production and interpretation of art. (ARH101, ARH102, ART113, ART116, ART122, ART131, ART132, ART151, ART161, ART167, ART250, ART277, [FYC], [SB], [L])
  • Engage in ethical personal and professional artistic practices, with an awareness of copyright laws, intellectual and artistic freedom, civic responsibility, and standards of the field. (ART131, ART132, ART151, ART255AB, ART255)
  • Use the critique process to present and develop fine art portfolios for transfer, career development, or personal use. (ART111, ART112, ART113, ART115, ART116, ART122, ART131, ART132, ART151, ART161, ART165, ART167, ART250, ART277, ART255AB, ART255, [FYC], (COM))
Required courses
Course #Course TitleCredits
Credits:13-15
ART111Drawing I3
ART112Two-Dimensional Design3
ART113Color3
ART115Three-Dimensional Design3
ART255ABThe Portfolio (1) OR
ART255Art Marketing (3)1-3
(ART255ABis a direct transfer, ART255 is an elective transfer recommended for marketing and professional development)
Restricted Electives
Course #Course TitleCredits
Credits:12
Complete all courses in the transfer option that best aligns with your academic and professional goals. If your intended transfer institution is not listed, then select a combination of courses from the transfer options listed in order to meet the minimum credits required in the Restricted Electives section. Consult with an academic, faculty, or program advisor to prevent exceeding your university transfer program`s maximum transferable credits (typically 64).
Choose any combination from the following list of courses totaling a minimum of twelve (12) credits of additional coursework. Courses that are required for a particular transfer pathway are noted in the subplans that follow. Courses cannot be shared with Required or other Restricted electives.
ART116Life Drawing I (3)
ART122Drawing and Composition II (3)
ART131Photography I (3)
ART132Photography II (3)
ART151Sculpture I (3)
ART161Ceramics I (3)
ART165Watercolor Painting I (3)
ART167Painting I (3)
ART250Introduction to Printmaking (3)
ART277Textiles I (3)12
Subplan 1: Arizona State University, Bachelor of Fine Arts, Art (Ceramics)
ART161Ceramics I3
Choose one of the following 2D Art courses:
ART116Life Drawing I (3)
ART122Drawing and Composition II (3)
ART131Photography I (3)
ART132Photography II (3)
ART165Watercolor Painting I (3)
ART167Painting I (3)
ART250Introduction to Printmaking (3)3
Choose one of the following 3D Art courses:
ART151Sculpture I (3)
ART277Textiles I (3)3
Choose one of the following 2D or 3D Art courses (except any course already taken):
ART116Life Drawing I (3)
ART122Drawing and Composition II (3)
ART131Photography I (3)
ART132Photography II (3)
ART151Sculpture I (3)
ART165Watercolor Painting I (3)
ART167Painting I (3)
ART250Introduction to Printmaking (3)
ART277Textiles I (3)3
Subplan 2: Arizona State University, Bachelor of Fine Arts, Art (Drawing)
ART116Life Drawing I3
ART122Drawing and Composition II3
Choose one of the following 3D Art courses:
ART151Sculpture I (3)
ART161Ceramics I (3)
ART277Textiles I (3)3
Choose one of the following 2D or 3D Art courses:
ART131Photography I (3)
ART132Photography II (3)
ART151Sculpture I (3)
ART161Ceramics I (3)
ART165Watercolor Painting I (3)
ART167Painting I (3)
ART250Introduction to Printmaking (3)
ART277Textiles I (3)3
Subplan 3: Arizona State University, Bachelor of Fine Arts, Art (Fibers)
ART277Textiles I3
Choose one of the following 2D Art courses:
ART116Life Drawing I (3)
ART122Drawing and Composition II (3)
ART131Photography I (3)
ART132Photography II (3)
ART165Watercolor Painting I (3)
ART167Painting I (3)
ART250Introduction to Printmaking (3)3
Choose one of the following 3D Art courses:
ART151Sculpture I (3)
ART161Ceramics I (3)3
Choose one of the following 2D or 3D Art courses:
ART116Life Drawing I (3)
ART122Drawing and Composition II (3)
ART131Photography I (3)
ART132Photography II (3)
ART151Sculpture I (3)
ART161Ceramics I (3)
ART165Watercolor Painting I (3)
ART167Painting I (3)
ART250Introduction to Printmaking (3)3
Subplan 4: Arizona State University, Bachelor of Fine Arts, Art (Painting)
ART116Life Drawing I3
ART165Watercolor Painting I3
ART167Painting I3
Choose one of the following 2D or 3D Art courses:
ART122Drawing and Composition II (3)
ART131Photography I (3)
ART132Photography II (3)
ART151Sculpture I (3)
ART161Ceramics I (3)
ART250Introduction to Printmaking (3)
ART277Textiles I (3)3
Subplan 5: Arizona State University, Bachelor of Fine Arts, Art (Printmaking)
ART250Introduction to Printmaking3
Choose one of the following 2D Art courses:
ART116Life Drawing I (3)
ART122Drawing and Composition II (3)
ART131Photography I (3)
ART132Photography II (3)
ART165Watercolor Painting I (3)
ART167Painting I (3)3
Choose one of the following 3D Art courses:
ART151Sculpture I (3)
ART161Ceramics I (3)
ART277Textiles I (3)3
Choose one of the following 2D or 3D Art courses:
ART116Life Drawing I (3)
ART122Drawing and Composition II (3)
ART131Photography I (3)
ART132Photography II (3)
ART161Ceramics I (3)
ART165Watercolor Painting I (3)
ART167Painting I (3)
ART277Textiles I (3)3
Subplan 6: Arizona State University, Bachelor of Fine Arts, Art (Sculpture)
ART151Sculpture I3
Choose one of the following 2D Art courses:
ART116Life Drawing I (3)
ART122Drawing and Composition II (3)
ART131Photography I (3)
ART132Photography II (3)
ART165Watercolor Painting I (3)
ART167Painting I (3)
ART250Introduction to Printmaking (3)3
Choose two of the following 2D or 3D Art courses:
ART116Life Drawing I (3)
ART122Drawing and Composition II (3)
ART131Photography I (3)
ART132Photography II (3)
ART151Sculpture I (3)
ART161Ceramics I (3)
ART165Watercolor Painting I (3)
ART167Painting I (3)
ART250Introduction to Printmaking (3)
ART277Textiles I (3)6
Subplan 7: Arizona State University, Bachelor of Arts, Art (Art Studies)
Choose one of the following 2D Art courses:
ART116Life Drawing I (3)
ART122Drawing and Composition II (3)
ART131Photography I (3)
ART132Photography II (3)
ART165Watercolor Painting I (3)
ART167Painting I (3)
ART250Introduction to Printmaking (3)3
Choose one of the following 3D Art courses:
ART151Sculpture I (3)
ART161Ceramics I (3)
ART277Textiles I (3)3
Choose two of the following 2D or 3D Art courses:
ART116Life Drawing I (3)
ART122Drawing and Composition II (3)
ART131Photography I (3)
ART132Photography II (3)
ART151Sculpture I (3)
ART161Ceramics I (3)
ART165Watercolor Painting I (3)
ART167Painting I (3)
ART250Introduction to Printmaking (3)
ART277Textiles I (3)6
Subplan 8: Northern Arizona University, Bachelor of Fine Arts, Studio Art
ART122Drawing and Composition II3
Choose one of the following courses to partially fulfill the lower division Emphasis course requirements at NAU:
ART151Sculpture I (3)
(required for Sculpture emphasis at NAU)
ART161Ceramics I (3)
(required for Ceramics emphasis at NAU)
ART167Painting I (3)
(required for Painting emphasis at NAU)
ART250Introduction to Printmaking (3)3
(required for Printmaking emphasis at NAU)
Choose two of the following courses to partially fulfill the lower division elective track requirements at NAU. Select two tracks that are different than the track selected above:
ART151Sculpture I (3)
(required for Sculpture elective track at NAU)
ART161Ceramics I (3)
(required for Ceramics elective track at NAU)
ART167Painting I (3)
(required for Painting elective track at NAU)
ART250Introduction to Printmaking (3)6
(required for Printmaking elective track at NAU)
Subplan 9: University of Arizona, Bachelor of Fine Arts, Studio Art (All Emphases)
ART151Sculpture I3
ART161Ceramics I3
ART165Watercolor Painting I3
ART167Painting I3
Arizona General Education Curriculum (AGEC)
AGEC-ACredits: 35-40
A single course with an [HU], [SB], or [L] designation(s) may also be used to satisfy the Oral Communication, Critical Reading, or Awareness Area ([C], [G] and/or [H]) requirement(s).
 
First-Year Composition [FYC]Credits: 6
ENG101First-Year Composition (3) OR
ENG107First-Year Composition for ESL (3) AND
ENG102First-Year Composition (3) OR
ENG108First-Year Composition for ESL (3)6
 
Literacy and Critical Inquiry [L]Credits: 3
Any approved general education course in the Literacy and Critical Inquiry [L] area.3
 
Mathematics [MA]Credits: 3-5
MAT140College Mathematics (5) OR
MAT141College Mathematics (4) OR
MAT142College Mathematics (3) OR
Any approved general education course in the Mathematical Applications [MA] area.3-5
 
Computer/Statistics/Quantitative Applications [CS]Credits: 3
Any approved general education course in the Computer/Statistics/Quantitative Applications [CS] area.3
 
Humanities, Arts and Design [HU]Credits: 6
ARH101Prehistoric through Gothic Art3
ARH102Renaissance through Contemporary Art3
 
Social-Behavioral Sciences [SB]Credits: 6
Any approved general education courses in the Social-Behavioral Sciences [SB] area.6
(Recommend selecting a course that fulfills both the Social-Behavioral Sciences [SB] area and Cultural Diversity in the U.S. [C] designation)
 
Natural Sciences [SG]/[SQ]Credits: 8
Any approved general education course in the Natural Sciences (Quantitative) [SQ] area (4) AND
Any approved general education course in the Natural Sciences (Quantitative) [SQ] area or the Natural Sciences (General) [SG] area (4).8
 
Awareness AreasCredits: 0-3
These requirements may be shared with Core Requirements.
 
Cultural Diversity in the US [C]Credits: 0-3
0-3
 
Historical/Global Awareness [H]/[G]Credits: 0
Met by ARH101 and ARH102 in AGEC [HU] requirements.
 
MCCCD Additional Requirements
MCCCD Additional RequirementsCredits: 0-6
Courses in this area may also be applied to the AGEC Core Requirements. To minimize total credits required for degree and maximize transferable credits, it is recommended that courses be selected that meet more than one requirement wherever possible.
 
Oral CommunicationCredits: 0-3
COM100Introduction to Human Communication (3) OR
COM110Interpersonal Communication (3) OR
COM225Public Speaking (3) OR
COM230Small Group Communication (3)0-3
 
Critical ReadingCredits: 0-3
CRE101College Critical Reading and Critical Thinking (3) OR
Equivalent as indicated by assessment (0)0-3

At Maricopa, we strive to provide you with accurate information about this degree or certificate. However, the information above represents current requirements for the academic year and may change as the result of the curricular process. This course list does not represent a contract, nor does it guarantee course availability. If you are interested in pursuing this degree or certificate, we encourage you to meet with an advisor to discuss the requirements at your college for the appropriate catalog year.