Fine and Performing Arts, Associate of Fine Arts

This degree program is designed to serve students who plan to transfer to majors in the visual or performing arts culminating in the Bachelor of Fine Arts, Bachelor of Arts, or Bachelor of Music.

Program objectives

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

  1. recognize characteristics of lifelong learning: independent thinking, self-discipline, and ethical behavior;
  2. demonstrate the studio or performance skills needed to advance academic pursuits at the upper division level;
  3. demonstrate the theoretical skills unique to each program concentration;
  4. use analytical, critical, logical, and problem-solving skills in a variety of contexts;
  5. demonstrate interpersonal skills that reflect an understanding of diversity and the need for teamwork; and
  6. communicate information to a variety of audiences using a variety of appropriate methods.

Total Number of Credits Required for Degree: 60 min.*

Semester Sequence

Students who want to earn a Fine and Performing Arts degree should consult the Arts Pathway course tracks to see what courses would be most beneficial. Students who have decided on a particular transfer pattern should check that transfer pattern to see the entire semester sequence.

Students are required to complete the English and Mathematics requirements within the first 24 credit hours of courses. Any required developmental (non-credit) English and Math courses must be taken before, or concurrent with, these classes.

Students with no developmental coursework who want to finish an associate degree in two years should plan to take 15 credits/semester. Taking fewer credits/semester will increase the time needed to complete a degree.

Important Information

Short Description

This degree program is designed to serve students who plan to transfer to majors in the visual or performing arts culminating in the Bachelor of Fine Arts, Bachelor of Arts, or Bachelor of Music.

Type of Credential

Associate of Fine Arts (A.F.A.)

Program Code


Contacts and Additional Information

Program Coordinators, Fine Arts:

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

CCBC Catonsville
Sarada Conaway
443-840-4699 or

CCBC Essex
Jessica Walton
443-840-1567 or

Interior Design A.A.S.:

CCBC Catonsville/Dundalk/Essex
Inthia Bowman-Ruffin, Interim Coordinator
443-840-4954 or

Program Coordinators, Performing Arts


Melinda Blomquist
443-840-1347 or


CCBC Essex, Daniel Lewis
443-840-1057 or

CCBC Catonsville, Dr. Rebecca Ocampo
443-840-4014 or


Damon Krometis
443-840-5649 or

Julie Lewis
443-840-1538 or

Additional Information:


Courses Needed for this Program*

General Education Requirements and Electives - 24-26 Credits

General Education Requirements:

CMNS 101 is required for an A.F.A. in Dance, Music, and Theatre, but not for Art, Design, and Interactive Media.

General Education Electives:

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

Note that Dance, Music, and Theatre requires students to take CMNS 101 as part of the Arts and Humanities requirement, while Art, Design, and Interactive Media students may choose any two 3-credit classes. Dance, Music, and Theatre students may take 3-4 credits in Mathematics; Art, Design, and Interactive Media students are only required to take 3 credits.

  • Arts and Humanities (CMNS 101 required for Dance, Music, and Theatre) 3-6 Credits.
  • Biological and Physical Sciences 3-4 Credits.
  • Information Technology 3 Credits.
  • Mathematics 3-4 Credits.
  • Social and Behavioral Sciences 3 Credits.

Program Requirements and Electives - 34-36 Credits min.

Select an area of concentration to see specific requirements and electives:


*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.