Associate in Fine Arts: Visual Arts Degree

The Associate in Fine Arts in Visual Arts degree shall be granted for a planned program of study consisting of a minimum of 60 semester hours of college transfer courses. Within the degree program, the institution shall include opportunities for the achievement of competence in reading, writing, oral communication, fundamental mathematical skills, and basic computer use.

The Associate in Fine Arts in Visual Arts program is focused on developing seamless transfer for students who begin visual arts studies at a community college and then transfer to one of the UNC BFA visual arts programs. There are seven BFA-granting institutions within the UNC system whose focus is on the visual arts.

UNC System BFA Programs with Degree Titles

  • Appalachian State University – BFA in Studio Art
  • East Carolina State University – BFA in Art
  • UNC Asheville – BFA in Art
  • UNC Chapel Hill – BFA in Studio Art
  • UNC Charlotte – BFA in Art
  • UNC Greensboro – BFA in Studio Art
  • Western Carolina University – BFA in Art

To be eligible for the transfer of credits under the AFAVA to the BFA, community college graduates must obtain a grade of “C” or better in each course and an overall GPA of at least 2.0 on a 4.0 scale.

Program Learning Outcomes

P1: Written Communication
Students will demonstrate proficiency in written communication.

P2: Information Literacy
Students will demonstrate proficiency in locating, evaluating and using information effectively.

P3: Critical Thinking
Students will demonstrate proficiency in using critical thinking skills to solve problems.

P4: Oral Communication
Students will demonstrate proficiency in speaking effectively.

P5: Fundamental Mathematics
Students will demonstrate proficiency in mathematical computation.

Program Contact

Jason Smith
Chair, Fine Arts & Humanities
Donald Bryant Student Center, 2nd Floor
Phone: (252) 222-6048
Email: smithc@carteret.edu

Associate in Fine Arts: Visual Arts

General Education Hours | 25-26 Semester Hours

(All Universal General Education Transfer Component courses will transfer for equivalency credit. It is recommended that Universal General Education courses be completed before additional general education courses are taken.)

English Composition

(6 Semester Hours) The following two (2) English composition courses are required.

Writing and Inquiry Click for details
ENG 111
3.00
Writing and Inquiry Close
ENG
111

This course is designed to develop the ability to produce clear writing in a variety of genres and formats using a recursive process. Emphasis includes inquiry, analysis, effective use of rhetorical strategies, thesis development, audience awareness, and revision. Upon completion, students should be able to produce unified, coherent, well-developed essays using standard written English.

Credits: 3.00
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ENG 112
3.00
Writing and Research in the Disciplines Close
ENG
112

This course, the second in a series of two, introduces research techniques, documentation styles, and writing strategies. Emphasis is placed on analyzing information and ideas and incorporating research findings into documented writing and research projects. Upon completion, students should be able to evaluate and synthesize information from primary and secondary sources using documentation appropriate to various disciplines.

Credits: 3.00
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Communications & Humanities/Fine Arts

(6 semester hours) Select two (2) courses from two (2) different discipline areas.

Art Appreciation Click for details
ART 111
3.00
Art Appreciation Close
ART
111

This course introduces the origins and historical development of art. Emphasis is placed on the relationship of design principles to various art forms including but not limited to sculpture, painting, and architecture. Upon completion, students should be able to identify and analyze a variety of artistic styles, periods, and media.

Credits: 3.00
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Interpersonal Communication Click for details
COM 120
3.00
Interpersonal Communication Close
COM
120

This course introduces the practices and principles of interpersonal communication in both dyadic and group settings. Emphasis is placed on the communication process, perception, listening, self-disclosure, speech apprehension, ethics, nonverbal communication, conflict, power, and dysfunctional communication relationships. Upon completion, students should be able to demonstrate interpersonal communication skills, apply basic principles of group discussion, and manage conflict in interpersonal communication situations. This course has been approved to satisfy the Comprehensive Articulation Agreement general education core requirement in humanities/fine arts (substitute).

Credits: 3.00
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Public Speaking Click for details
COM 231
3.00
Public Speaking Close
COM
231

This course provides instruction and experience in preparation and delivery of speeches within a public setting and group discussion. Emphasis is placed on research, preparation, delivery, and evaluation of informative, persuasive, and special occasion public speaking. Upon completion, students should be able to prepare and deliver well-organized speeches and participate in group discussion with appropriate audiovisual support.

Credits: 3.00
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Theatre Appreciation Click for details
DRA 111
3.00
Theatre Appreciation Close
DRA
111

This course provides a study of the art, craft, and business of the theatre. Emphasis is placed on the audience’s appreciation of the work of the playwright, director, actor, designer, producer, and critic. Upon completion, students should be able to demonstrate a vocabulary of theatre terms and to recognize the contributions of various theatre artists.

Credits: 3.00
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American Literature I Click for details
ENG 231
3.00
American Literature I Close
ENG
231

This course covers selected works in American literature from its beginnings to 1865. Emphasis is placed on historical background, cultural context, and literary analysis of selected prose, poetry, and drama. Upon completion, students should be able to analyze and interpret literary works in their historical and cultural contexts.

Credits: 3.00
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American Literature II Click for details
ENG 232
3.00
American Literature II Close
ENG
232

This course covers selected works in American literature from 1865 to the present. Emphasis is placed on historical background, cultural context, and literary analysis of selected prose, poetry, and drama. Upon completion, students should be able to analyze and interpret literary works in their historical and cultural contexts.

Credits: 3.00
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British Literature I Click for details
ENG 241
3.00
British Literature I Close
ENG
241

This course covers selected works in British literature from its beginnings to the Romantic Period. Emphasis is placed on historical background, cultural context, and literary analysis of selected prose, poetry, and drama. Upon completion, students should be able to interpret, analyze, and respond to literary works in their historical and cultural contexts.

Credits: 3.00
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British Literature II Click for details
ENG 242
3.00
British Literature II Close
ENG
242

This course covers selected works in British literature from the Romantic Period to the present. Emphasis is placed on historical background, cultural context, and literary analysis of selected prose, poetry, and drama. Upon completion, students should be able to interpret, analyze, and respond to literary works in their historical and cultural contexts.

Credits: 3.00
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Music Appreciation Click for details
MUS 110
3.00
Music Appreciation Close
MUS
110

This course is a basic survey of the music of the Western world. Emphasis is placed on the elements of music, terminology, composers, form, and style within a historical perspective. Upon completion, students should be able to demonstrate skills in basic listening and understanding of the art of music.

Credits: 3.00
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Introduction to Jazz Click for details
MUS 112
3.00
Introduction to Jazz Close
MUS
112

This course introduces the origins and musical components of jazz and the contributions of its major artists. Emphasis is placed on the development of discriminating listening habits, as well as the investigation of the styles and structural forms of the jazz idiom. Upon completion, students should be able to demonstrate skills in listening and understanding this form of American music.

Credits: 3.00
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Philosophical Issues Click for details
PHI 215
3.00
Philosophical Issues Close
PHI
215

This course introduces fundamental issues in philosophy considering the views of classical and contemporary philosophers. Emphasis is placed on knowledge and belief, appearance and reality, determinism and free will, faith and reason, and justice and inequality. Upon completion, students should be able to identify, analyze, and critically evaluate the philosophical components of an issue.

Credits: 3.00
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Introduction to Ethics Click for details
PHI 240
3.00
Introduction to Ethics Close
PHI
240

This course introduces theories about the nature and foundations of moral judgments and applications to contemporary moral issues. Emphasis is placed on moral theories such as consequentialism, deontology, and virtue ethics. Upon completion, students should be able to apply various ethical theories to moral issues such as abortion, capital punishment, poverty, war, terrorism, the treatment of animals, and issues arising from new technologies.

Credits: 3.00
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Social/Behavioral Sciences

(6 Semester Hours) Select two (2) courses from two (2) different discipline areas.

Principles of Microeconomics Click for details
ECO 251
3.00
Principles of Microeconomics Close
ECO
251

This course introduces economic analysis of individual, business, and industry in the market economy. Topics include the price mechanism, supply and demand, optimizing economic behavior, costs and revenue, market structures, factor markets, income distribution, market failure, and government intervention. Upon completion, students should be able to identify and evaluate consumer and business alternatives in order to efficiently achieve economic objectives.

Credits: 3.00
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Principles of Macroeconomics Click for details
ECO 252
3.00
Principles of Macroeconomics Close
ECO
252

This course introduces economic analysis of aggregate employment, income, and prices. Topics include major schools of economic thought; aggregate supply and demand; economic measures, fluctuations, and growth; money and banking; stabilization techniques; and international trade. Upon completion, students should be able to evaluate national economic components, conditions, and alternatives for achieving socioeconomic goals.

Credits: 3.00
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World Civilizations I Click for details
HIS 111
3.00
World Civilizations I Close
HIS
111

This course introduces world history from the dawn of civilization to the early modern era. Topics include Eurasian, African, American, and Greco-Roman civilizations and Christian, Islamic and Byzantine cultures. Upon completion, students should be able to analyze significant political, socioeconomic, and cultural developments in pre-modern world civilizations.

Credits: 3.00
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World Civilizations II Click for details
HIS 112
3.00
World Civilizations II Close
HIS
112

This course introduces world history from the early modern era to the present. Topics include the cultures of Africa, Europe, India, China, Japan, and the Americas. Upon completion, students should be able to analyze significant political, socioeconomic, and cultural developments in modern world civilizations.

Credits: 3.00
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American History I Click for details
HIS 131
3.00
American History I Close
HIS
131

This course is a survey of American history from pre-history through the Civil War era. Topics include the migrations to the Americas, the colonial and revolutionary periods, the development of the Republic, and the Civil War. Upon completion, students should be able to analyze significant political, socioeconomic, and cultural developments in early American history.

Credits: 3.00
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American History II Click for details
HIS 132
3.00
American History II Close
HIS
132

This course is a survey of American history from the Civil War era to the present. Topics include industrialization, immigration, the Great Depression, the major American wars, the Cold War, and social conflict. Upon completion, students should be able to analyze significant political, socioeconomic, and cultural developments in American history since the Civil War.

Credits: 3.00
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American Government Click for details
POL 120
3.00
American Government Close
POL
120

This course is a study of the origins, development, structure, and functions of American government. Topics include the constitutional framework, federalism, the three branches of government including the bureaucracy, civil rights and liberties, political participation and behavior, and policy process. Upon completion, students should be able to demonstrate an understanding of the basic concepts and participatory processes of the American political system.

Credits: 3.00
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General Psychology Click for details
PSY 150
3.00
General Psychology Close
PSY
150

This course provides an overview of the scientific study of human behavior. Topics include history, methodology, biopsychology, sensation, perception, learning, motivation, cognition, abnormal behavior, personality theory, social psychology, and other relevant topics. Upon completion, students should be able to demonstrate a basic knowledge of the science of psychology.

Credits: 3.00
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Introduction to Sociology Click for details
SOC 210
3.00
Introduction to Sociology Close
SOC
210

This course introduces the scientific study of human society, culture, and social interactions. Topics include socialization, research methods, diversity and inequality, cooperation and conflict, social change, social institutions, and organizations. Upon completion, students should be able to demonstrate knowledge of sociological concepts as they apply to the interplay among individuals, groups, and societies.

Credits: 3.00
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Math

(3-4 Semester Hours) Select one (1) course from the following courses:

Quantitative Literacy Click for details
MAT 143
3.00
Quantitative Literacy Close
MAT
143

This course is designed to engage students in complex and realistic situations involving the mathematical phenomena of quantity, change and relationship, and uncertainty through project- and activity-based assessment. Emphasis is placed on authentic contexts which will introduce the concepts of numeracy, proportional reasoning, dimensional analysis, rates of growth, personal finance, consumer statistics, practical probabilities, and mathematics for citizenship. Upon completion, students should be able to utilize quantitative information as consumers and to make personal, professional, and civic decisions by decoding, interpreting, using, and communicating quantitative information found in modern media and encountered in everyday life.

Credits: 3.00
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Statistical Methods I Click for details
MAT 152
4.00
Statistical Methods I Close
MAT
152

This course provides a project-based approach to introductory statistics with an emphasis on using real-world data and statistical literacy. Topics include descriptive statistics, correlation and regression, basic probability, discrete and continuous probability distributions, confidence intervals and hypothesis testing. Upon completion, students should be able to use appropriate technology to describe important characteristics of a data set, draw inferences about a population from sample data, and interpret and communicate results.

Credits: 4.00
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Precalculus Algebra Click for details
MAT 171
4.00
Precalculus Algebra Close
MAT
171

This course is designed to develop topics which are fundamental to the study of Calculus. Emphasis is placed on solving equations and inequalities, solving systems of equations and inequalities, and analysis of functions (absolute value, radical, polynomial, rational, exponential, and logarithmic) in multiple representations. Upon completion, students should be able to select and use appropriate models and techniques for finding solutions to algebra-related problems with and without technology.

Credits: 4.00
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Calculus I Click for details
MAT 271
4.00
Calculus I Close
MAT
271

This course is designed to develop the topics of differential and integral calculus. Emphasis is placed on limits, continuity, derivatives and integrals of algebraic and transcendental functions of one variable. Upon completion, students should be able to select and use appropriate models and techniques for finding solutions to derivative-related problems with and without technology.

Credits: 4.00
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Natural Sciences

(4 Semester Hours) Select one (1) course (with labs) from the following courses:

Descriptive Astronomy Click for details
AST 111
3.00
Descriptive Astronomy Close
AST
111

This course introduces an overall view of modern astronomy. Topics include an overview of the solar system, the sun, stars, galaxies, and the larger universe. Upon completion, students should be able to demonstrate an understanding of the universe around them.

Credits: 3.00
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Corequisites: AST-111A

Descriptive Astronomy Lab Click for details
AST 111A
1.00
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AST
111A

The course is a laboratory to accompany AST 111. Emphasis is placed on laboratory experiences which enhance the materials presented in AST 111 and which provide practical experience. Upon completion, students should be able to demonstrate an understanding of the universe around them.

Credits: 1.00
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Principles of Biology Click for details
BIO 110
4.00
Principles of Biology Close
BIO
110

This course provides a survey of fundamental biological principles for non-science majors. Emphasis is placed on basic chemistry, cell biology, metabolism, genetics, evolution, ecology, diversity, and other related topics. Upon completion, students should be able to demonstrate increased knowledge and better understanding of biology as it applies to everyday life.

Credits: 4.00
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General Biology I Click for details
BIO 111
4.00
General Biology I Close
BIO
111

This course introduces the principles and concepts of biology. Emphasis is placed on basic biological chemistry, molecular and cellular biology, metabolism and energy transformation, genetics, evolution, and other related topics. Upon completion, students should be able to demonstrate understanding of life at the molecular and cellular levels.

Credits: 4.00
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General Chemistry I Click for details
CHM 151
4.00
General Chemistry I Close
CHM
151

This course covers fundamental principles and laws of chemistry. Topics include measurement, atomic and molecular structure, periodicity, chemical reactions, chemical bonding, stoichiometry, thermochemistry, gas laws, and solutions. Upon completion, students should be able to demonstrate an understanding of fundamental chemical laws and concepts as needed in CHM 152.

Credits: 4.00
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Geology Click for details
GEL 111
4.00
Geology Close
GEL
111

This course introduces basic landforms and geological processes. Topics include rocks, minerals, volcanoes, fluvial processes, geological history, plate tectonics, glaciers, and coastal dynamics. Upon completion, students should be able to describe basic geological processes that shape the earth.

Credits: 4.00
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Conceptual Physics Click for details
PHY 110
3.00
Conceptual Physics Close
PHY
110

This course provides a conceptually-based exposure to the fundamental principles and processes of the physical world. Topics include basic concepts of motion, forces, energy, heat, electricity, magnetism, and the structure of matter and the universe. Upon completion, students should be able to describe examples and applications of the principles studied.

Credits: 3.00
Prerequisites:
Corequisites: PHY-110A

Conceptual Physics Lab Click for details
PHY 110A
1.00
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PHY
110A

This course is a laboratory for PHY 110. Emphasis is placed on laboratory experiences that enhance materials presented in PHY 110. Upon completion, students should be able to apply the laboratory experiences to the concepts presented in PHY 110.

Credits: 1.00
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Other Required Hours | 1 Semester Hours

The following course is required:

College Transfer Success Click for details
ACA 122
1.00
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ACA
122

This course provides information and strategies necessary to develop clear academic and professional goals beyond the community college experience. Topics include the CAA, college policies and culture, career exploration, gathering information on senior institutions, strategic planning, critical thinking, and communications skills for a successful academic transition. Upon completion, students should be able to develop an academic plan to transition successfully to senior institutions.

Credits: 1.00
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Required Additional Universal General Education Hours: Art | 6 Semester Hours

The following course is required:

Art History Survey I Click for details
ART 114
3.00
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ART
114

This course covers the development of art forms from ancient times to the Renaissance. Emphasis is placed on content, terminology, design, and style. Upon completion, students should be able to demonstrate an historical understanding of art as a product reflective of human social development.

Credits: 3.00
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Art History Survey II Click for details
ART 115
3.00
Art History Survey II Close
ART
115

This course covers the development of art forms from the Renaissance to the present. Emphasis is placed on content, terminology, design, and style. Upon completion, students should be able to demonstrate an historical understanding of art as a product reflective of human social development.

Credits: 3.00
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Other Required Hours: Art | 16 Semester Hours

The following course is required:

Two-Dimensional Design Click for details
ART 121
3.00
Two-Dimensional Design Close
ART
121

This course introduces the elements and principles of design as applied to two-dimensional art. Emphasis is placed on the structural elements, the principles of visual organization, and the theories of color mixing and interaction. Upon completion, students should be able to understand and use critical and analytical approaches as they apply to two-dimensional visual art.

Credits: 3.00
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Three-Dimensional Design Click for details
ART 122
3.00
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ART
122

This course introduces basic studio problems in three-dimensional visual design. Emphasis is placed on the structural elements and organizational principles as applied to mass and space. Upon completion, students should be able to apply three-dimensional design concepts.

Credits: 3.00
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Drawing I Click for details
ART 131
3.00
Drawing I Close
ART
131

This course introduces the language of drawing and the use of various drawing materials. Emphasis is placed on drawing techniques, media, and graphic principles. Upon completion, students should be able to demonstrate competence in the use of graphic form and various drawing processes.

Credits: 3.00
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Figure Drawing I Click for details
ART 135
3.00
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ART
135

This course introduces rendering the human figure with various drawing materials. Emphasis is placed on the use of the visual elements, anatomy, and proportion in the representation of the draped and undraped figure. Upon completion, students should be able to demonstrate competence in drawing the human figure.

Credits: 3.00
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Digital Design I Click for details
ART 171
3.00
Digital Design I Close
ART
171

This course is designed to introduce students to the elements and principles of design through the use of digital software. Emphasis is placed on developing composition and design skills using vector, raster, and time-based media. Upon completion, students should be able to identify and use tools in digital software, understand and utilize digital and artistic vocabulary, and employ the principles and elements of design to create artwork using digital means.

Credits: 3.00
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Portfolio and Resume Click for details
ART 214
1.00
Portfolio and Resume Close
ART
214

This course covers resume writing, interview skills, and the preparation and presentation of an art portfolio. Emphasis is placed on the preparation of a portfolio of original artwork, the preparation of a photographic portfolio, approaches to resume writing, and interview techniques. Upon completion, students should be able to photograph and present a digital portfolio and write an effective resume.

Credits: 1.00
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Additional Hours | 12 Semester Hours

An additional 12 semester hours of courses should be selected from courses classified as pre-major, elective or general education courses within the Comprehensive Articulation Agreement. Students should select these courses based on their intended major and transfer university

NOTE: Students must meet the receiving university’s foreign language and/or health and physical education requirements, if applicable, prior to or after transfer to the senior institution.

60 Total Credits