Associate of Fine Arts: Visual Arts (AFA Degree)

Associate of Fine Arts: Visual Arts


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.


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 Minimum Credits Required: 62


Degree Information

What courses will I need to take?


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What will I learn?

  • 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

How will my course placement affect my course sequence?

Placement testing requirements can vary, please select the courses that are most appropriate for your skill level. For additional information view the Course Placement page.


Tracks based on current degree minimum requirements for English and Math.


Track 1:

ENG 095
ENG 099 + RDG 099
ENG 101
ENG 102

Track 2:

ENG 095
RDG 099
ENG 101A  (combines ENG 099 + ENG 101)
ENG 102



Track 1:

MAT 088
MAT 091
MAT 097
MAT 142

Track 2:

MAT 088
MAT 091
MAT 140 (combines MAT 097 + MAT 142)

Work with an advisor to ensure completion of your pathway in a timely manner.