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2023-2024 College Catalog 
2023-2024 College Catalog

Foundation Studio Art, AFA Planning Guide

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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).


Plan code: LTAFSAA

General Education - 20 Credits

Communication (10 Credits)

Multicultural Understanding (5 Credits)

Choose one of the following courses: CMST 203 CMST 285 GWS 284 HIST& 220 , HIST 245 , HUM 105 , MCS 105 , PSYC 230 , SOC 270 . Recommended: HUM 105 .

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, mathadvising@shoreline.edu.

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


Painting and Drawing



3D Studio Concentration (12-15 Credits)

Choose any three courses below


Design and Materials


Where can I go for help?

General Academic Advising

FOSS (5000) Building, Rm. 5229  206-546-4559  advising@shoreline.edu  www.shoreline.edu/advising

International Advising

9000 Building, Rm. 9302  206-546-4697  ieadvisors@shoreline.edu  www.shoreline.edu/international/advising/

Faculty Advisors

Matt Allison  206-533-6792 mallison@shoreline.edu Rm 2053
Zach Mazur  206-546-5822 zmazur@shoreline.edu Rm 2052
Alicia Zweifach  206-533-6639 azweifac@shoreline.edu Rm 5324

Where can I transfer?

The AFA degree makes it possible for students to transfer as art majors with advanced placement to a number of public and private colleges and universities in the U.S. Washington state institutions are listed below.

Public Institutions

Central Washington University
Eastern Washington University
The Evergreen State College
University of Washington
Washington State University
Western Washington University

Private Institutions

Cornish School of the Arts
Gonzaga University
Heritage University
NW College of Art & Design
Pacific Lutheran University
Seattle Pacific University
Seattle University
Walla Walla University

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

Seattle University

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

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