AFA Program

As an accredited art and design college, DCAD maintains a concise, comprehensive and demanding curriculum that provides the training and information necessary to compete successfully in today’s art and design markets.

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.