MCTC's Associate of Fine Arts (A.F.A.) Degree in Visual Arts is a combination of liberal arts general education courses and foundation courses in Art and Art History. The A.F.A. offers you an opportunity to think seriously about a career in visual art making. You will complete the degree with a portfolio to prepare you for transfer to a four- year baccalaureate program in Fine Arts (B.A. or B.F.A.). Students desiring a two-year AFA degree for job placement or enhancement, as well as those returning to school for enrichment purposes, will also benefit from this degree. Experienced faculty, practicing artists in their own right, will teach you how to identify formal qualities, demonstrate technical processes, and cultivate investigation of the impact of expression in visual art, as well as create art in a wide variety of mediums. Your coursework will cover art and art history from all over the world and across time periods. Additionally, core courses in design, drawing, painting, ceramics, photography, and sculpture lead students to more advanced study and creation in those areas, as well as watercolor, printmaking and direct metal sculpture. You will complete your degree with a portfolio presentation, for which you will select a body of work that has visual or thematic continuity and represents the culmination of your A.F.A. studies. You will install an exhibition of the results of that study. The exhibition will be accompanied by a written artist's statement, all in preparation for an advanced degree.
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