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 Code

8105 Associate in Arts, Fine Arts - Art (AAFA-Art)

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Program Contacts

Art Department Office:
Art Building, Room AB-112
Phone: (480) 423-6344

Lisa Peace
Department Co-Chair
Phone: (480) 423-6083

Roger McKinney
Department Co-Chair
Phone: (480) 423-6339

Peggy Deal
Director Graphic Design & Visual Communications
Phone: (480) 423-6386

Michael Barrett
Art Department Administrative Specialist
Phone: (480) 423-6344

Transfer Options
Career Outlook

Graduates are prepared to: 

  • Demonstrate foundational skills in the use of art process and media to enable effective visual communication and personal expression.
  • Apply critical thinking skills, the creative process, and aesthetic/perceptual literacy to solve visual, technical and conceptual problems in various media.
  • Communicate and collaborate effectively while recognizing diverse opinions and cultural  and individual differences.
  • Interpret the social, cultural, historical, and contemporary contexts that influence the production and interpretation of art.
  • 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.
  • Use the critique process to present and develop fine art portfolios for transfer, career development, or personal use.

With an associates degree, students may pursue a career as a 

  • Community art educator
  • Craft artist (Artisan, Ceramic Artist, Fiber Artist, Portrait Artist, Jewelry Artist, Printmaker), or a fine artist (Painter, Sculptor, Metalsmith, Printmaker, Muralist, Photographer).  

With a bachelor degree, students may pursue a career in several areas including museum staff. 

With a graduate degree, students may pursue a career in art education as an Art Professor.

Career *growth *median salary
Multimedia Artists and Animators 8.4% $70,530
Art, Drama, and Music Teachers, Postsecondary 12% $66,930
Craft Artists 4.3% $34,940
Fine Artists, Including Painters, Sculptors, and Illustrators 6.6% $49,520
Graphic Designers 4.2% $48,700
Secondary School Teachers, Except Special and Career/Technical Education 7.5% $59,170
Commercial and Industrial Designers  4.4% $65,970
Artists and Related Workers, All Other 5.5% $63,540
Photographers -5.6% $32,490
Agents and Business Managers of Artists, Performers, and Athletes 4.7% $64,940
Video Game Designers 9.3% $88,510

Source: Bureau of Labor and Statistics, US Dept. of Labor .