Associate in Fine Arts - ART degree

Students can earn their Associate in Arts in visual arts at Cottey. For the student interested in pursuing a career in the visual arts, the Cottey College Fine Arts Department offers an Associate in Fine Arts degree. The AFA in visual arts allows the student to pursue studio-intensive and art theory courses during her years at Cottey while also fulfilling the general requirements expected at many transfer institutions. A fine arts degree is essential to those who wish to teach visual art or design at high school and college levels. It is also extremely beneficial to any fine artist who wishes to pursue graduate work, open a business, or pursue a career in the field of art.

A substantial percentage of Cottey graduates have transferred to major art programs. Cottey students have continued their pursuit of art at Pratt Institute, Savannah College of Art and Design, Parsons School of Design, Rochester Institute of Technology, Moore College of Art and Design, and the Ringling School of Art and Design, just to name a few. Former Cottey students have excelled professionally as graphic designers, art directors, and college art professors.

A graduate of the Cottey AFA in visual arts program:

  • Creates works of art in various two-dimensional and three-dimensional media.
  • Identifies and applies the elements and principles of design in a conscious manner.
  • Distinguishes the purposes of the visual arts, including art’s primary role as a form of communication.
  • Describes historical art movements and their impact upon the world in which they occurred and upon future generations.
  • Identifies the contributions of women artists to the field.

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Sample Schedule for AFA in Fine Arts


Year 1 Fall Spring
College Writing I 3 College Writing II 3
Math 103 or higher 3 Women's Studies Course 3
Social Sciences or Humanities Course 3 Drawing II 3
Drawing I 3 3D Design 3
2D Design 3 Elective 3
Physical Education Course 1
Total: 15 Total: 16
Year 2 Fall Spring
Survey of Art History I 3 Survey of Art History II 3
Lab Science Course 4 Art Elective Course 3
Intro to Digital Art (technology intensive) 3 Elective 3
Art Elective Course 3 Humanities Course 3
Physical Education Course 1 Elective 3
Elective 3
Total: 17 Total: 15