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NOVA’s Associate in Fine Arts (A.F.A.) degree in Visual Art

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Visual Art, A.F.A.

When hiring managers say they are looking for a “creator,” an “innovator,” or a “visionary” – well, that’s where you come in. Whether you want to work in the corporate world or independently, Visual Arts are more marketable than you might think.

NOVA's A.F.A. in Visual Art gives students the skills they need to succeed in a Bachelor of Fine Arts (B.F.A.) program or similar baccalaureate program in fine arts at a college or university. The possibilities after graduation are endless, but may include occupations as independent artists, in Graphic Design, Web Design, Industrial Design, or working at a museum.

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  • Transfer resources are available for students planning to continue into a Bachelor of Fine Arts programs or similar baccalaureate program at a college or university.

  • NOVA offers electives in digital media, as well as traditional media like ceramics and printmaking.

  • Where Will I Learn?

    • Alexandria
    • Annandale
    • Loudoun
    • Manassas
    • Woodbridge
  • Transfer Information

    Transfer Information: Since four-year colleges can vary in their course, GPA, and portfolio requirements, students are required to work with their AFA faculty advisor for course scheduling and portfolio preparation. Electives should be chosen carefully to meet requirements of the transfer institution. The responsibility for proper course selection rests with the student. 

  • Course Details

    Two Years Credits
    1st Semester
    ART 101 History of Art: Prehistoric to Gothic 3
    ART 121 Foundations of Drawing 3
    ART 131 Two-Dimensional Design 3
    Choose One
    ART 140 Introduction to Graphic Skills 3
    PHT 101 Photography I 3
    ENG 111 College Composition I 3
    SDV 101 Orientation to (a Specific Discipline) 1
    Total 16
    2nd Semester
    ART 102 History of Art: Renaissance to Modern 3
    ART 223 Life Drawing 3
    ART 132 Three-Dimensional Design 3
    ART 199 Supervised Study: Portfolio Review 1
    ENG 112 College Composition II 3
    1MTH 154 Quantitative Reasoning 3
    Total 16
    3rd Semester
    2ART or PHT Elective 3
    2ART or PHT Elective 3
    Choose One
    ART or PHT Elective 3
    2,3 General Education Elective 3
    ART 299 Supervised Study: Portfolio Review 2
    4 Physical or Life Science Elective w/Lab 4
    Total 15
    4th Semester
    ART or PHT Elective OR 3
    2,3 General Education Elective 3
    Choose One
    ART 215 History of Modern Art 3
    ART 250 History of Design 3
    PHT 110 History of Photography 3
    3 General Education Elective 3
    5 Social/Behavioral Sciences Elective 3
    6CST 100 Principles of Public Speaking 3
    ENG 2-- - Literature Elective 3
    Total 15
    Total credits for the Associate of Fine Arts = 62
    Two Years Credits
    1st Semester
    History of Art: Prehistoric to Gothic
    ART
    101
    3
    Foundations of Drawing
    ART
    121
    3
    Two-Dimensional Design
    ART
    131
    3
    Choose One
    ART
    140
    3
    PHT
    101
    3
    ENG
    111
    3
    SDV
    101
    1
    Total 16
    2nd Semester
    History of Art: Renaissance to Modern
    ART
    102
    3
    Life Drawing
    ART
    223
    3
    Three-Dimensional Design
    ART
    132
    3
    Supervised Study: Portfolio Review
    ART
    199
    1
    ENG
    112
    3
    1MTH
    154
    3
    Total 16
    3rd Semester
    Elective
    2ART or PHT
    3
    Elective
    2ART or PHT
    3
    Choose One
    Elective
    ART or PHT
    3
    General Education Elective
    2,3
    3
    Supervised Study: Portfolio Review
    ART
    299
    2
    Physical or Life Science Elective w/Lab
    4
    4
    Total 15
    4th Semester
    Elective OR
    ART or PHT
    3
    General Education Elective
    2,3
    3
    Choose One
    History of Modern Art
    ART
    215
    3
    ART
    250
    3
    PHT
    110
    3
    General Education Elective
    3
    3
    Social/Behavioral Sciences Elective
    5
    3
    6CST
    100
    3
    2-- - Literature Elective
    ENG
    3
    Total 15
    Total credits for the Associate of Fine Arts = 62

    1 May substitute any higher-level mathematics course. See transfer institution requirements.

    2 Courses may be selected from the following electives with the advice of a counselor or academic advisor according to the requirements of the transfer institution. Students who are interested in Graphic Design, select from ART 116, ART 141, ART 142, and ART 217. Students interested in Fine Arts select from ART 130, ART 153, ART 154, ART 231, ART 236, ART 241 or ART 242. Students interested in Photography, select from PHT 101, PHT 102, PHT 103, PHT 104, PHT 110, PHT 130, PHT 131, PHT 201, PHT 221, PHT 270.

    3 Select any course listed under General Education Electives. Electives should be selected with advice of a counselor or academic advisor to meet the requirements of the transfer institution.

    4 See physical and life science courses listed under General Education Electives. Electives should be selected with advice of a counselor or academic advisor to meet the requirements of the transfer institution.

    5 See social/behavioral science course listed under General Education Electives. Electives should be selected with advice of a counselor or academic advisor to meet the requirements of the transfer institution.

    6 CST 100 or CST 110 will fulfill this elective depending on the requirements of the transfer institution. Seek advice of a counselor or academic advisor.

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