Fine Art AFA

The Fine Art Program serves art majors and non-majors by teaching the necessary skills, knowledge and insights needed to succeed as an artist. The curriculum provides the foundation studies and studio expertise that parallels the first two years of study at a four-year college. The Program also provides students whose intention is to seek employment after earning an Associate’s Degree with the opportunity to develop their skills and produce a portfolio in the visual arts. Students may concentrate their studies in subjects including Animation, Ceramics, Drawing, Graphic Design, Illustration, Painting, Photography, Printmaking or Sculpture.

Please refer to program options for course sequences suggested for specific areas of study.

The Fine Art Program offers students the flexibility to tailor their course of study to meet the requirements of their intended transfer institution. However, students should be aware that decisions on the transferability of courses are made by the four-year colleges and differ from school to school. Students who plan to transfer should consult with an academic advisor early in their academic program to determine which electives will best meet their needs.

The program meets the competencies and requirements specified by the Pennsylvania Department of Education’s Transfer Agreement Oversight Committee (TAOC) for seamless transfer to schools in the Pennsylvania State System of Higher Education (PASSHE).

Career Pathway

Program Outcomes

A graduate should be able to:

  • describe visual concepts and express them using appropriate vocabulary in written reviews and oral presentations.
  • examine and compare culturally diverse and historically significant examples of art.
  • analyze and evaluate works of art using descriptive analysis and observation skills to critique, argue, and defend one’s work and works created by others.
  • solve problems in the creation of visual products employing the skills of problem identification, research and information gathering, analysis, generation of alternative solutions, and evaluating outcomes.
  • describe and respond to audiences and contexts that artistic solutions must address including recognizing the physical, cognitive, cultural, social, and individual factors that shape aesthetic decisions.
  • create and develop visual form incorporating principles of visual organization and composition, visual hierarchy, symbolic representation, aesthetics, and the construction of meaningful pieces.
  • create a portfolio of work applying the knowledge, techniques, and perceptual skills addressed in the studio.


First Semester

ART 111 Drawing I 3
ART 130 2-D Design Principles 3
ART 140 3-D Design Principles 3
ART 101 Art History 3
ENG 101
(15 Credit Hours)
English Composition I 3

Second Semester

ART 112 Drawing II 3
ART 131 2-D Color Theory 3
ART 138 or 148 Digital Art I or Graphic Design Applications 3
ART 102 Art History II 3
Elective * Fine Art Studio 3
SPC 120
(18 Credit Hours)
Public Speaking 3

Third Semester

Elective Art History 3
ART 121 Painting I 3
Elective * Fine Art Studio 3
Elective * Fine Art Studio 3
MAT 106
(15 Credit Hours)
Math Applications 3

Fourth Semester

Elective * Fine Art Studio 3
Elective * Fine Art Studio 3
ESW Elective Core Goal 10: Exercise and Health Sciences 2-3
Elective Core Goal 9: Behavioral and Social Sciences and
Core Goal 13: Ethical Reasoning and Behavior
(15-16 Credit Hours)
Core Goal 8: Physical and Life Sciences 4



* Students planning to major in a specific discipline should select electives from the lists below. These are recommendations only. If customization is desired, students should consult with a faculty.member All courses below are 3-credit studio courses.

2D Fine Art

ART 122 Painting II
ART 171 Printmaking I
ART 211 Drawing III
ART 221 Painting III

3D Fine Art

ART141 3-D Design Materials and Techniques
ART 145 Introductory Woodworking
ART 245 Sculpture: Clay Modeling
ART 246 Sculptural Fabrication and Mold Making
ART 247 Advanced Sculpture


ART 161 Ceramics I
ART 261 Ceramics II
ART 262 Ceramics III
ART 266 Raku Pottery

Graphic Design

ART 135 Typography
ART 149 Page Layout and Design
ART 231 Graphic Design I
ART 232 Graphic Design II
ART 233 Visual Design for the Web
ART 237 Portfolio Workshop


ART 201 Illustration I
ART 202 Illustration II
ART 122 Painting II
ART 211 Drawing III


ART 151 Photography I
ART 152 Photography II
ART 155 Digital Photography I
ART 156 Digital Photography I


ART 171 Printmaking I
ART 271 Printmaking II
ART 272 Printmaking III