Art and Design

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 articulation agreements with Maryland and regional institutions. Click on "Transfer Opportunities" in MyCecil under the Advising Tab for a list of transfer pathways. In addition, transfer information is available through ARTSYS (The Articulation System of Maryland). Contact your advisor for detailed information.

Required Courses

General Education Requirements
Number Title Credits
ART 101 Fundamentals of Design [H] 3
ART 141 Survey of Art History [H] 3
EGL 101 Freshman Composition [E] 3
EGL 102 Composition and Literature [H] 3
MAT Math Elective [M] 3
PSY 101 or
SOC 101
Introduction to Psychology [SS]
Introduction to Sociology[SS]
3
SCI Science Elective with Lab [S/SL] 4
Program Requirements
Number Title Credits
ART 130 Drawing I [H] 3
ART 140 Painting I [H] 3
ART 160 Beginning Ceramics [H] 3
ART 201 Three-Dimensional Design [H] 3
VCP 116 Digital Imaging I 2
VCP 117 Digital Imaging II 2
ART 230 Drawing II [H] 3
ART 242 Survey of Modern Art History [H] 3
ART 293 Professional Portfolio Production 3
ART/VCP Studio Electives 1 13


Studio Electives

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.

Ceramics and Sculpture Studio Electives
ART 152 Sculpture I 3
ART 182 Sculpture II 3
ART 260 Intermediate Ceramics 3
ART 261 Advanced Ceramics 3
ART 167 Ceramics Japanese Raku 3
ART 179 Surface Design for Ceramics 3
ART 194 Wheel-Thrown Ceramics 3
ART 196 Wheel-Thrown Ceramics II 3
ART 296 Wheel-Thrown Ceramics III 3
Fine Arts Studio Electives
ART 105 Illustration, Materials and Techniques 3
ART 110 Color 1 3
ART 150 Art Appreciation and Museum Studies 3
ART 183 Digital Illustration I 4
ART 231 Portrait Drawing 3
ART 232 Figure Drawing 3
ART 240 Painting II 3
Digital Arts and Graphic Design Studio Electives
ART 105 Illustration, Materials and Techniques 3
ART 110 Color 1 3
ART 180 Basic Photography 3
ART 183 Digital Illustration I 4
ART 232 Figure Drawing 3
ART 152 Sculpture 3
VCP 101 Photography I 4
VCP 118 Digital Imaging III 4
VCP 119 Digital Imaging IV 4
VCP 136 Multimedia Production I 4
VCP 230 Graphic Design Studio 4
Photography Studio Electives
ART 110 Color 1 3
ART 180 Basic Photography 3
ART 183 Digital Illustration I 4
VCP 101 Photography I 4
VCP 111 Studio Photography 4
VCP 118 Digital Imaging III 4
VCP 119 Digital Imaging IV 4

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)
EGL 101 Freshman Composition
ART 101 Fundamentals of Design
ART 130 Drawing I
MAT Math Elective
ART/VCP Studio Elective
Spring I (16 credits)
EGL 102 Composition and Literature
ART 140 Painting I
ART 160 Beginning Ceramics
SCI Science Elective with Lab
ART/VCP Studio Elective
Fall II (15 credits)
ART 141 Survey of Art History
PSY 101 or
SOC 101
Introduction to Psychology
Introduction to Sociology
ART 201 Three-Dimensional Design
ART 230 Drawing II
ART 242 Survey of Modern Art History
Spring II (14 credits)
VCP 116 Digital Imaging I
VCP 117 Digital Imaging II
ART 293 Professional Portfolio Production
ART/VCP Studio Electives

Program Outcomes

Upon successful completion of this program, students will 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

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​.​​

 

1 ART 110 Color is recommended for all concentrations

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