Mar 27, 2023
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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 - Photography degree is designed to meet the general education requirements at Washington state four-year institutions and to prepare students for baccalaureate majors in Photography. Portfolio presentation is often a determining factor in acceptance and placement in a Fine Arts Major, and this degree includes a strong emphasis on portfolio development. 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 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 Photography Core 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 .
Photography Core Requirements (56 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 .
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
Degree: B.F.A in Art-Photomedia
Central Washington University
Degrees: B.A. in Art-Photography & Digital Imagining
B.F.A. in Studio Art-Photography & Digital Imaging
Washington State University - Pullman
Degree: B.F.A. in Fine Art: Photography
Degrees: B.F.A. in Photography
B.A. in Interdisciplinary Arts-Photography Emphasis
Pacific Lutheran University
Degrees: B.A. and B.F.A. in Studio Arts -Photography
Western Washington University
Degrees: B.A. and B.F.A. in Art - Photography Concentration
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