The AFA is a pre-professional degree intended for students transferring to a BFA four-year program or those with a strong interest in visual art. The AFA in Art is designed to encourage students to focus their coursework to achieve an associate degree that distinguishes their accomplishments in art. The AFA degree combines a high concentration of art history and studio art coursework with liberal arts general education courses. Careful planning in consultation with counselors and art instructors concerning course sequence, program admission and transfer institution requirements is essential.
Admission to the Program
- Application: Complete the AFA application form and submit it to the Art Faculty AFA Representative.
- Interview with Art Faculty AFA Representative: It is strongly recommended to schedule this as soon as the decision to acquire the degree is made and no later than midpoint in completion of art course requirements for the AFA degree.
- Portfolio: Submit a portfolio of artwork (minimum 3 pieces, maximum 5 pieces) to the Art Faculty AFA Representative at the time of the interview. Work will be reviewed by Art Department faculty.
AFA Degree in Art (60 credit degree)
- Art credits: Complete 40 credits in Art courses (including Core Art Courses and Art Electives) with a cumulative grade point average of 3.0 on a 4.0 scale. Refer to the AFA in Art Course Requirements and the AFA-Art Recommended Program Planning Guide for specific requirements and suggested sequences of art courses.
- General education credits: Complete 20 credits with a minimum of one course in four of the following MnTC Goal areas: 1, 3, 4, 5, 7, 9, or 10. Courses numbered 1000 and above must have a cumulative grade point average of 2.0 on a 4.0 scale.
- Portfolio Course: Complete the Portfolio Creation (Art 2200) course as soon as possible after completing 21 art credits.
- AFA Exhibition: AFA students will present a culminating exhibit of their artwork. This will be coordinated with AFA Art Faculty Representative after the completion of at least 30 art credits. It is strongly recommended that this occur during the student's last academic term (Fall, Spring).
- Graduation: File a graduation application during the semester you plan to graduate and receive approval for graduation on the basis of a degree completion audit.
Core Art Courses (19 cr)
Art Electives: (21 cr)
Complete a minimum of 7 courses with at least one course in each area.
Area 1 (at least one course)
Area 2 (at least one course)
Area 3 (at least one course)
ART 1101, The Visual Arts, and/or one Art Special Topics course may be used to satisfy art electives.