Associate in Fine Arts in Visual Arts AFA

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Associate in Fine Arts in Visual Arts AFA

Program Code: A10600

If you’re interested in a career in fine or applied arts, our Associate in Fine Arts (AFA): Visual Arts degree program is for you. The AFA program focuses on continued training in art to enhance the portfolio if you’re seeking competitive admission into bachelor’s degree programs, or if you want additional training in art without pursuing a bachelor’s degree. Transfer students will still be required to meet the General Education Core requirements of the receiving college or university, as well as foreign language and/or health and physical education requirements.

Make sure to meet regularly with an advisor to determine the best course of study for your program of interest.

This program is also available to high school students through our Career & College Promise program.

Career Opportunities

The AFA: Visual Arts degree program serves as the foundation if you plan to complete your bachelor’s degree at a four-year institution or pursue careers in a number of areas, including:

  • Animator
  • Art historian/curator
  • Art restoration
  • Artistic director
  • Cartoonist
  • Ceramics artist
  • Critic (newspapers, online blogs, etc.)
  • Commercial/newspaper photographer
  • Educator
  • Fashion
  • Graphic artist
  • Illustrator
  • Interior designer
  • Jewelry
  • Marketing
  • Painter
  • Digital artist/photographer
  • Product/industrial design
  • Sculptor (wood, metal, stone, etc.)
  • Talent scout/agent


Plan of Study

The recommended course sequence for this program and a complete list of related classes are available in the Academic Catalog. Click the button below to view a copy of this plan of study, which is also available as a PDF.

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Questions others are asking.

We offer several credentials that provide the flexibility you need. Most degree programs last two years and provide the most in-depth study of a particular subject. Diplomas and certificates take less time and are often taken in conjunction with other degree programs. Specialized training is also available for workforce development programs that are completed in less than a year.

We have special partnerships with upper-level colleges and universities for transfer. These transfer institutions include:

  • Four-year institutions in the University of North Carolina System
  • Private North Carolina four-year institutions

To ensure a smooth transfer, you should consult with both an academic advisor and the potential transfer institutions for academic course selection and guidance as soon as possible. View the list of UNC System universities that are part of the transfer partnership and see requirements.

Contact Information

Liberal Arts and University Transfer
Business & Information Technology Building
New Bern Campus

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