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Studio Art A.F.A. Transfer Program

Department: Art

Total Credit Hours: 61 credits

What Is Studio Art A.F.A.?

The Associate of Fine Arts degree is a professional transfer degree for students planning to pursue a bachelor's degree with a concentration in studio art at either a four-year college, university or art school. The degree provides experience in selected areas to prepare students for a career in a creative arts profession.

Occupational Outlook

Employment of fine artists is projected to grow 2 percent from 2014 to 2024Employment growth of artists depends in large part on the overall state of the economy, because people usually make art purchases when they can afford to spend the money.

Salary Outlook

People established in their career generally earn between $32,230 and $72,260 per year. Exceptional performers can earn in excess of $103,680.
Source: U.S. Department of Labor

According to the U.S. Department of Labor, earnings increase significantly as a worker’s degree of education rises.

Studio Art Careers

Depending on job experience and additional education, graduates with a Studio Art A.F.A. Transfer Program degree are employed in a broad range of careers including, but not limited to: painters, sculptors and illustrators. 

Required Courses

SCC Institutional Requirements

  • Complete specific program requirements as listed below.
  • Complete a minimum of 15 credit hours at SCC.
  • Earn a 2.00 cumulative grade point average.

SubjectCourseTitleCredits
General Education Requirements (19 credits)
Communication ENG 101 English Composition I 3
ENG 102 English Composition II 3
SPE 101 or Oral Communication or 3
SPE 102 or Public Speaking or
SPE 110 Interpersonal Communication
Mathematics MAT 155*** Contemporary College Math (or higher) 4
Social Science HIS 101 or U.S. History to 1877 or 3
HIS 102 or U.S. History Since 1877 or
HIS 115, or U.S. History Since 1945 or
HIS 270, or History of Missouri or
POL 101 or American Government or
POL 102 State & Local Government
Natural Science Any BIO or Any Biology Course or 3
Any CHM or Any Chemistry Course or
Any PHY Any Physical Science Course
Core Course Requirements (24 credits)
ART 1105** Digital Art Studio 3
ART 1200 2D-Design 3
ART 1205 Color Theory 3
ART 1300 3-D Design 3
ART 1400 Drawing I 3
ART 1405 Drawing II 3
ART 1500 Survey of Western Art History I 3
ART 1505 Survey of Western Art History II 3
Electives (18 credits)
Electives 5 additional studio art courses reflecting a breadth of studio experiences* 15
ART 2999**** Sophomore Studio Art Seminar 3

Total Required Hours: 61 credits

*Per College policy Individual students may be required to take COL 101.

* Studio Art Option majors must take at least one art elective from each of the three groups of art electives as follows:
Group 1: Drawing III, Figure Drawing, Illustration, Painting
Group 2: Sculpture, Ceramics, Jewelry
Group 3: Printmaking, Photography, Fibers
The additional two art electives can be from whichever area the student has the most interest or another area in which they have not yet tried.

** ART 1105 also fulfills the SCC computer literacy requirement.

*** The Academic Skills Assessment is required before enrolling in math or English courses. If a student places into lower-level courses than are required for his/her degree, then the student needs to first enroll in such courses before enrolling in the required courses.

**** SCC A.F.A. in Studio Art graduation requirement.

Suggested Schedule Planning

CourseTitleCredits
First Semester (15 credits)
ENG 101 English Composition I*** 3
ART 1200 2-D Design 3
ART 1400 Drawing I 3
ART 1105 Digital Art Studio** 3
HIS 101 or U.S. History to 1877 or 3
HIS 102 or U.S. History Since 1877 or
HIS 115 or U.S. History Since 1945 or
HIS 270 or History of Missouri or
POL 101 or American Government or
POL 102 State & Local Government
Second Semester (15 credits)
ART 1205 Color Theory 3
ART 1300 3-D Design 3
ART 1405 Drawing II 3
ART 1500 Survey of Western Art History I 3
Any BIO or Any Biology Course or 3
Any CHM or Any Chemistry Course or
Any PHY Any Physical Science Course
Third Semester (15 credits)
ENG 102 English Composition II 3
SPE 101 Oral Communications 3
ART Elective* 3
ART Elective* 3
ART 2999 Sophomore Studio Art Seminar**** 3
Fourth Semester (16 credits)
MAT 155 Contemporary Math or Higher*** 4
ART Elective* 3
ART Elective* 3
ART Elective* 3
ART 1505 Survey of Western Art History II 3

Total Hours Required for Graduation: 61 credits

*Per College policy Individual students may be required to take COL 101.

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