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Visual Arts Concentration

Associate of Fine Arts

Study a variety of art forms or learn art history while preparing to transfer to a bachelor’s-degree granting school.

Title IV Financial Aid eligible: Yes


West Campus

Contact Information

Division of Arts
Dean: 520.206.6690
Lead Faculty: 520.206.3072
Program Advisor: 520.206.6856
Information Sessions


Completing this pathway can lead to employment in a variety of different careers. Here are some examples of occupations related to this program with associated Pima County-based annual median wages. Some careers may require additional training. Source: EMSI

Occupation Annual Median Wage
Craft artists $12,459
Sculptors, painters, illustrators $17,490
Artists and related occupations $21,017
Photographers $26,027

Academic Options

Transfer to a college or university to complete a bachelor’s degree. Those who work in public schools may need a teaching license or certification.

Program Requirements 2020-2021

Department faculty approval is recommended when selecting electives.

Arizona General Education Curriculum Requirements (AGEC-A)

This section lists general education requirements that are not fulfilled by core or support courses. *  A grade of C or better is required for graduation.

General Education Requirements Credits
English Composition 6
Biological and Physical Sciences 8
Mathematics 3
Social and Behavioral Sciences (note Special Requirement below) 6
Special Requirement
Fulfill the C requirement by taking an appropriate course in the Social and Behavioral Sciences  category.
Subtotal 23

Required Core Courses

A grade of C or better is required for graduation.

Course # Course Title Credits
ART 100 Basic Design 3
ART 110 Drawing I [SUN# ART 1111] 3
ART 115 Color and Composition 3
ART 120 Sculptural Design 3
ART 130 Art and Culture: Prehistoric Through Gothic [SUN# ART 1101] 3
ART 131 Art and Culture: Late Gothic Through Modern Periods [SUN# ART 1102] 3
ART 210 Drawing II 3
 or ART 213   Life Drawing I
ART 289 Art Portfolio Capstone 1
Subtotal 22

Required Support Courses

A grade of C or better is required for graduation.

Course # Course Title Credits
STU 100
  or STU 107
College Success and Career Planning
  University Transfer Preparation and Student Success
Art Electives: Complete five or more courses from any of the following categories.** A grade of C or better is required for graduation.
Art in the Craft Media
ART 160 Ceramics I 3
ART 170 Metalwork I: Jewelry 3
ART 180 Weaving I: Four-Harness Loom 3
ART 181 Mixed Media Fibers 3
ART 260 Ceramics II 3
ART 261 Ceramics III 3
ART 262 Ceramics IV 3
ART 270 Metalwork II: Jewelry 3
ART 280 Weaving II 3
ART 296I2 Independent Studies in ART: Ceramics 3
ART 296I8 Independent Studies in ART: Fibers 3
ART/DAR 128 Digital Photography I 4
ART 140 Photography I 3
ART 141 Photography II 3
ART 147 Alternative Processes in Photography 3
ART 248 Individual Projects in Photography 3
ART 296I5 Independent Studies in ART: Photography 3
Art History
ART 136 Body and Art 3
ART 296I1 Independent Studies in ART: Art History 3
Drawing, Painting, and Sculpture
ART 106 Survey of Painting Materials and Techniques 3
ART 109 Watercolor Painting 3
ART 121 Figure Sculpture 3
ART 210 Drawing II 3
ART 213 Life Drawing I 3
ART 215 Painting I 3
ART 217 Painting II 3
ART 220 Sculpture 3
ART 296I4 Independent Studies in ART: Painting, Drawing, and Design 3
ART 296I7 Independent Studies in ART: Sculpture 3
ART 212 Printmaking I 3
ART 214 Printmaking II 3
ART 216 Screenprinting I 3
ART 218 Screenprinting II 3
ART 219 Printmaking III 3
ART 249 Artists' Books 3
Second Language
Language course numbered 101 4
Language course numbered 102 4
Subtotal 16-18
Total 61-64

* Other general education requirements are fulfilled by required core and support courses:  Humanities and Fine Arts Requirement - ART 100 and 130 fulfill this requirement; Other Requirements - ART 110 and 131 fulfills this requirement; I/C/G Requirement - ART 130 fulfills the I and G requirement.

**  Art Elective Courses cannot have also been taken as Required Core Courses.

Program/Major/Concentration Codes: AFAFINEARTS/AFA1/AFAV

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