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Associate of Fine Arts AFA


CIP 500702 (FSTU)

This program is designed to transfer to Metropolitan State University of Denver's BFA program.

The Associate of Fine Arts Degree in Studio Art, prepares students for transfer to Bachelor of Fine Arts (BFA) programs at four-year institutions. The degree is composed of the first two years of study toward the Bachelor of Fine Arts (BFA) degree. The Associate of Fine Arts degree will provide a well-rounded education with hands-on instruction in studio art courses to develop effective visual expertise in composition, media, and professional presentation standards.

Career paths in Fine Art include professional artist, craft artist, sculptor, painter, illustrator, and art teacher.

A full time student can complete the Associate of Fine Art (AFA) degree in two years. This degree prepares to transfer to a four-year university to complete the second half of a Bachelor of Fine Arts (BFA).

To be successful, a student should have a strong interest in creative endeavors, fine motor skills, ability to be self-directed, and an entrepreneurial spirit.

Program Requirements

General Education Courses (30 credit hours)
Written Communication (6 credit hours)
Mathematics (3 credit hours)
  • GT - One GT Pathways Math course (GT-MA1)
  • Recommend MAT 1260 Introduction to Statistics: GT-MA1
Arts and Humanities (6 credit hours)
  • GT - Two GT Pathways Arts and Humanities courses (GT-AH1, GT-AH2, GT-AH3, GT-AH4)
History (3 credit hours)
Social and Behavioral (6 credit hours)
  • GT - Two GT Pathways Social and Behavioral Science courses (GT-SS1, GT-SS2, GT-SS3)
Natural and Physical Sciences (6 credit hours)
  • GT - Two GT Pathways Natural & Physical Science courses (GT-SC2)
Electives (3 credit hours)

Elective credit must be completed from the following lists of approved prefixes or courses to bring the total credit hours to 60.

Guaranteed Transfer

Any Guaranteed Transfer Course

Any course in the following prefixes except Special Topics (275) and Independent Study (285): ANT, ART, BIO (100 OR above), CHE, HIS, HUM, LIT, MUS, PED, PHI, PHY (105 OR above), POS, PSY, SOC

Specific Courses:

4 Credits OR higher MAT Course

ANY Foreign Language (including ASL) numbered 111 OR higher

Studio Elective: Students may choose either an advanced III/IV level in the same media emphasis, or choose a choose in a different media.

Total: 60 Credits

Graduation Requirements

  • Courses required for this degree must be completed with a "C" or better to be considered for transfer to another institution.
  • Apply for graduation online at