Fine and Performing Arts, Fine Art and Visual Design Area of Concentration, Associate of Fine Arts

This Associate of Fine Arts area of concentration is designed to help students transfer to colleges and universities that offer a baccalaureate degree with a major in Art (B.A.) or Fine Arts (B.F.A.). Beyond the General Education requirements and other degree requirements, program requirements, and electives, this concentration should be considered in light of the requirements of the selected transfer institution. Students should consult with an Art coordinator for information about specific requirements.

It is strongly recommended that students who wish to pursue studies in these areas of concentration speak with the Art program coordinators before registering for courses. The sequence of courses should be adjusted to meet the requirements of the transfer institutions. The CCBC Art program is administered at CCBC Catonsville and Essex. Art classes are offered on all CCBC campuses.

NOTE: Although these concentrations follow a two-year plan, students who work more than 15 hours per week or have other major obligations outside of school are advised to take fewer courses each semester over a longer period of time. Students who work 25 hours or more are advised to take 12 credits or less each semester.

The mission of the Art program of The Community College of Baltimore County is to provide students with opportunities to experience and learn about a broad spectrum of art (from the two-dimensional art of painting and drawing and three dimensional art of sculpture and ceramics to such computer based art as design and interactive media); to partner with students in developing technical skills necessary to communicate through art and to articulate the knowledge of art; and to inspire students to participate in art activities and to foster the intellectual, creative, and spiritual growth and appreciation of artists by instilling in them a commitment to artistic and personal excellence.

Program objectives

Upon successful completion of this area of concentration, students will be able to:

  1. apply formal foundation arts principles when creating visual art and design;
  2. produce creative and professional visual art and design using both traditional and digital media; and
  3. integrate both two and three dimensional visualization techniques when solving design problems.

Total Number of Credits Required for Degree: 60*

Semester Sequence

The following is an example of a full-time schedule for a student who has completed any developmental course work and has no transfer credits.  Prospective students should meet with a program coordinator for advisement in course selection.

Semester 1*

Semester 2

Semester 3

Semester 4

  • Program Electives 15 Credit(s).

Important Information

Short Description

This Associate of Fine Arts area of concentration is designed to help students transfer to colleges and universities that offer a baccalaureate degree with a major in Art (B.A.) or Fine Arts (B.F.A.). A.A. and B.A. degrees are more academically oriented, while the A.F.A. and B.F.A. focus more on studio art.

NOTE: Although these concentrations follow a two-year plan, students who work more than 15 hours per week or have other major obligations outside of school are advised to take fewer courses each semester over a longer period of time. Students who work 25 hours or more are advised to take 12 credits or less each semester.

Type of Credential

Associate of Fine Arts (A.F.A.) in Fine and Performing Arts
Area of Concentration - Fine Art and Visual Design

Program Code

A 116

Contacts and Additional Information

Program Coordinators, Fine Arts and Design:​

Art, Design, and Interactive Media AFA/AA Area of Concentration:

CCBC Westside (Catonsville and Owings Mills)
Doug McNamara
CCBC Catonsville
443-840-4423 or dmcnamara@ccbcmd.edu

CCBC Eastside (Essex and Dundalk)
Sharon Trumbull
CCBC Essex
443-840-1767 or strumbull@ccbcmd.edu


Interior Design A.A.S.:

Kim Morrison
CCBC Catonsville/Dundalk/Essex
443-840-4954 or kmorrison2@ccbcmd.edu

 

Additional Information:

Courses Needed for this Area of Concentration*

General Education Requirements and Electives - 24-25 Credits

General Education Requirements:
General Education Electives:

Choose courses in each category from the list of approved General Education Courses. One course must be a Diversity Course.

  • Biological and Physical Sciences 3-4 Credit(s).
  • Mathematics - must be taken within the first 24 credit hours of enrollment 3 Credit(s).
  • Social and Behavioral Sciences 3 Credit(s).

Concentration Requirements and Electives - 36 Credits

Program Requirements:
Program Electives:

Choose 18 credits from the list of courses below to attain 60 credits for the degree.  Electives should be chosen based on the transfer institution's requirements. 

Note

*Credit students who are new to college (no successfully completed transferable college credits from other institutions) are required to take ACDV 101 - Academic Development: Transitioning to College. This 1-credit course is designed to be taken in the first semester at CCBC. Students must provide an official transcript(s) from an accredited institution to document successful completion of college coursework for the ACDV 101 requirement to be waived.