The AFA curriculum consists of 67 to 70 credits, composed of 43 to 46 credits in studio courses and 12 to 15 credits in liberal arts courses with 9 credits in art history. The fall and spring semesters are 15 weeks. Embedded into the studio and liberal arts curriculum are DCAD’s General Education core competencies of oral and written communication, quantitative literacy, critical thinking, information literacy, technology, and global citizenship.
During the first year, students enroll in Foundation Year: a core group of courses designed to develop visual literacy and basic studio techniques and emphasize an understanding of the concepts and principles of the visual arts. Schedules are divided between 65 percent studio courses and 35 percent liberal arts courses that use materials, concepts and skills that students can apply to their chosen area of study in the second year. In the sophomore year, students are introduced to their chosen areas of study and again take both studio and liberal arts courses.
Students enrolled in DCAD’s Associate of Fine Arts Degree Program receive thorough preparation for transfer into Bachelor of Fine Arts degree programs at many distinguished art and design schools. Completion of requirements for the AFA may be accomplished through two years of full-time study.
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