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Where does my path start?
You will complete an Associate in Fine Arts (AFA) at Shoreline. Review the requirements in this planning guide to understand your path in this program.
Once you complete your Shoreline degree, you can choose to transfer to a four-year school to earn a Bachelor’s degree or continue to develop as an artist without pursuing a four-year degree.
About the Associate in Fine Arts
The Associate in Fine Arts - Foundation Studio Art degree is designed to meet the general education and Associate in Arts, Direct Transfer Agreement (AA-DTA) at Washington state four-year institutions (for more information, see the AA-DTA Degree Planning Guide). This pathway prepares students for baccalaureate majors in Painting, Drawing, Printmaking, Graphic Design, Illustration, Photography, Ceramics, Sculpture and Industrial Design. Portfolio presentation is a key factor in acceptance/placement in a Fine Arts Major, which is strongly developed and emphasized in this degree. This degree also provides a solid foundation for further artistic development and direction for the student who does not plan on transferring for further academic study.
What can I do with an Associate in Fine Arts in Studio Art?
Art students, having focused on creative problem solving and visual thinking, are well-prepared to pursue occupations both within visual arts and in other disciplines. Art-specific opportunities include: exhibiting artist, curatorial work, art educators, designers, industrial design, fashion design, jewelry design, sketch artists, illustrators, photographer, potters and many others.
What do I need to take?
Below is a summary of the categories of required courses for the AFA, which also meet the requirements of the Associate in Arts - Direct Transfer Agreement (AA-DTA)
General Education - 20 Credits
Communication (10 Credits)
Quantitative/Symbolic Reasoning (5 Credits)
Choose one of the following classes:
MATH& 107 , MATH 111 , MATH& 141 , MATH& 142 , MATH& 146 , MATH& 148 , MATH& 151 , MATH& 152 , MATH& 163 , MATH 207 , MATH 208 , MATH 211 , MATH& 264 , PHIL& 120
* Students planning to transfer to the University of Washington must consult Math Advising, firstname.lastname@example.org.
Distribution Requirements - 30 Credits
Included in Studio Arts Requirements
Natural Sciences (15 Credits)
Select from at least two different disciplines (e.g. Biology and Physics) in Natural Sciences . At least 10 credits required in Physical, Earth, and/or Biological Sciences, including at least 5 credits of lab science. Maximum 5 credits from Other Science courses.
Social Sciences (15 Credits)
Select from at least two different disciplines (e.g., Psychology and History) in Social Sciences .
Foundation Studio Art Core Requirements (52-55 Credits)
Fine Arts Core (30 Credits)
Art History Requirements (10 Credits)
10 credits of Art History are required for the Foundation Studio Art Core. Take ARTH 226 and one of the following courses: ARTH 204 , ARTH 210 , ARTH 224 , ARTH 225 .
Concentration Area (12-15 Credits)
2D or 3D Studio (Choose One) 12-15 Credits either in 2D or 3D concentration below, or customized with Art Faculty approval.
2D Studio Concentration (12-15 Credits)
Choose any three courses below
3D Studio Concentration (12-15 Credits)
Choose any three courses below
Selected Washington Program Information
Before choosing classes, become familiar with the four-year program where you want to apply: visit the website, email the department, and/or speak with a Shoreline advisor. Schools each have different admissions and graduation requirements. Check with the school for world language requirements. (Non-native speakers of English are often exempt from this requirement.)
University of Washington
Degrees: B.A and B.F.A. in Painting & Drawing ; B.F.A. in 3D4M & Photomedia; B.A. in IVA
Central Washington University
Degrees: B.A. in Art; B.F.A. in Art–Studio Art; B.F.A. in Art-Graphic Design
Areas of Concentration: Ceramics, Jewelry / Metal, Painting / Drawing, Photography & Digital Imaging, Sculpture, Glass, Wood Design
Washington State University - Pullman
Degrees: B.A. and B.F.A. in Art; (B.A and B.F.A. in Fine Arts
Areas of Concentration: Ceramics, Digital media, Drawing, Painting, Photography, Printmaking, Sculpture
Degrees: B.A. and B.F.A. in Visual Art; (B.A. in Interdisciplinary
Arts Areas of Concentration: Studio Art, Photography, Digital Art & Design
Pacific Lutheran University
Degrees: B.A. and B.F.A. in Art–Studio Arts
Areas of Concentration: Ceramics, Graphic Design, Painting, Photography, Printmaking, Sculpture
Western Washington University
Degrees: B.A. and B.F.A. in Art; B.A. in Art-Design; B.A.E. in Art-P-12 & Elementary