Nov 29, 2022  
2022-2023 Catalog 
2022-2023 Catalog

Art and Design, AFA

Award: Associate of Fine Arts

Degree Code: AFAD

Number of Credits: 60

Program Description

The Associate of Fine Arts degree in Art and Design provides the foundation coursework and studio expertise that parallels the first two years of a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree (BFA) in Art and Design, the professional degree in the Art and Design field. Upon completion of the A.F.A, students will have created an artistic portfolio of work to transfer to a college, university or art school. The program prepares students with an intensive studio-based curriculum stressing the development of artistic techniques and critical thinking skills. Students study a variety of art disciplines preparing them for continued study in Art and Design leading to careers in the following fields: fine art, art education, art therapy, graphic design, curatorial studies, advertising, fashion design, and interior design. Students may concentrate their studies in subjects including animation, ceramics, digital art, drawing, graphic design, illustration, painting, photography, printmaking or sculpture. Students should consult with art faculty early in their academic program to determine which electives will best meet their needs.

The computer literacy requirement will be met throughout the course work in the degree program.

Transfer Information

Cecil College has the following transfer agreements:  Additionally, transfer information is available at the ARTSYS website (The Articulation System of Maryland). Contact your advisor for detailed information.

Career Opportunities

Art teacher, fine artist, illustrator, graphic designer, animator, art director, architectural designer, art historian, curator, art critic, art therapist, fashion designer, gallery director, industrial designer, interior designer, creative director, commercial artist, multimedia artist, museum archivist, layout artist, photographer, photojournalist, videographer, web designer, and other art related careers.

Required Courses

General Education Requirements Electives - Select 7 Credits

Please see Academic Advisor for elective selection.

  • MAT - Math Elective (M) - Credits: 3
  • SCI - Science Elective with Lab (S/SL) - Credits: 4

Studio Electives - Select 13 Credits

Please see Academic Advisor for elective selection.

  • ART/VCP - Studio Electives - Credits: 13
  • ART 110 - Color (H)  is recommended for all concentrations.

Choose 13 credits from the following studio electives. Studio electives may be selected from any of the Studio Elective categories in order to meet the needs of your area(s) of concentration. The courses listed within each category are recommended for that particular course of study. It is also recommended that you work with art faculty to identify a transfer institution and art focus that best suits your needs before selecting electives.

Recommended Sequence

The following is a recommended sequence of courses for completing this program as a full-time student. Developmental and prerequisite course requirements, credit load, and/or course availability may affect a student’s individual progress. Students should consult their degree audit at MyCecil or an academic advisor for individual degree planning.

Fall I (15 Credits)

Spring I (16 Credits)

Spring II (14 Credits)

Program Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion of this program, students will meet the General Education Student Learning Outcomes and be able to:

  • Describe visual concepts and express them using appropriate artistic vocabulary in written and oral presentations.
  • Demonstrate creativity in visual, technical, and conceptual problem-solving.
  • Apply technical skills and competency in a wide range of art media and techniques.
  • Solve visual problems in a manner that reflects individual creativity, technical expertise, and an understanding of historical and contemporary art.
  • Demonstrate a work ethic that reflects a dedication to process and the intelligent development of a personal aesthetic.
  • Write and speak with clarity, think critically and analytically, and express one’s ideas about a personal artistic vision and the vision of others.
  • Use the critique process and self-reflection to develop a fine art professional portfolio for transfer or career development.


1 ART 110 - Color (H)  is recommended for all concentrations.