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This program assists the development of studio arts and professional skills, and is designed for students who seek transfer into a competitive Bachelor of Fine Arts (BFA) program or similar baccalaureate program in either fine arts, graphic design, or photography at a college or university. The program offers a broad range of introductory and advanced courses in two dimensional and three dimensional media. Students learn in state-of-the-art classrooms and are encouraged to think critically, take risks, and solve visual problems with creativity. Graduates of the Associate of Fine Arts in Visual Art have many career options to explore. These include graphic design, fashion design, illustration, animation, and game design, as well as a career as a professional artist in photography, sculpture, metal arts, painting, drawing, printmaking, and ceramics.

Program Details

This studio-arts, portfolio-intensive curriculum is designed for students who seek transfer into a competitive Bachelor of Fine Arts (BFA) program or similar baccalaureate program in either fine arts, graphic design, or photography at a college or university. Students work on a common foundation year of studio art courses and then select their concentration in either fine arts, graphic design, or photography for their second year of study. NOTE that the graphic design concentration is offered at the AL and LO campuses and the photography concentration is offered at AL and WO. 

Recommended Preparation Information: Satisfactory aptitude in visual art.

Transfer Opportunites

Transfer is not the primary purpose of this credential; however, NOVA may have agreements that facilitate the transfer of this and other career-oriented programs to selected senior institutions. In order to learn more about possible transfer opportunities please visit: https://www.nvcc.edu/transfer/. Students interested in transferring should contact an advisor or counselor to discuss their options and plans.

Credit for Prior Learning

Northern Virginia Community College accepts industry-standard certifications, credentials and/or professional courses for credit. Broadly, licenses, credentials and/or certifications must be current and valid for consideration. For more information regarding the status of the certification and its eligibility for credit, please see an advisor or faculty members in the discipline area that awards CPL credit.

The most current information can be found here for CPL: Certifications and Credentials.

Program Degrees and Certificates

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Career Prospects

Graduates of the Associate of Fine Arts in Fine Art have many career options to explore. These include graphic design, fashion design, illustration, animation, and game design, as well as a career as a professional artist in photography, sculpture, metal arts, painting, drawing, printmaking, and ceramics.

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