Associate of Fine Arts*


* The Associate of Fine Arts degree program will no longer be offered effective Fall 2015. Students who entered this program prior to Fall 2015 will still be able to complete their degree program, as outlined below.


The Associate of Fine Arts program offers study focused in design, fine art, and photography. This 60-credit program can be taken full-time in two years or part-time over several. The Associate of Fine Arts program closely follows the beginning curriculum of the Bachelor of Fine Arts program so that students can easily apply to transfer into the Corcoran School's Bachelor of Fine Arts program or that of another art school, if they would like to expand their study. Others may decide to complete an Associate of Fine Arts thesis and use the degree to jump-start their careers without pursuing additional training.

Students in the Associate of Fine Arts program get the same personal attention from their advisors and the same level of faculty support as do all Corcoran School students, making for a rich and challenging experience. Those coming back to school after years in the workforce or from government service find the flexibility of a Corcoran School education, along with its high level of instruction, especially appealing.

Careers

The Associate of Fine Arts program encourages students in their first or second career to find a new vocation that brings them a renewed sense of satisfaction and possibility. The program also prepares art and design students to take the leap into careers in the creative economy or to transfer into accredited Bachelor's degree programs, like the Corcoran's own.

Career possibilities include:

  • Design
  • Graphic design assistant
  • Animation tech 
  • Website developer
  • Fine art
  • Independent artist
  • Assistant to professional artist
  • Aide in outreach art programs
  • Photography
  • Assistant to professional photographer
  • Independent photographer
  • Videographer

Curriculum

The following curriculum is for legacy students, defined as those students who began taking classes at the Corcoran prior to the fall 2014 semester. Students enrolled after that time, should contact their academic advisor.

The Associate of Fine Arts program allows transitioning students to study either part-time or full-time in many of the same courses that fulltime Bachelor of Fine Arts and Bachelor of Arts students take. In addition, the program takes into account students' individual ambitions, work schedules, and personal preferences.

The first half of the AFA curriculum includes the Corcoran's innovative First Year Studio program, as well as required and elective offerings in the area of the student's choice. Writing and Humanities courses provide grounding in academic research and critical thinking skills. In later courses AFA students explore their interests in intensive studio and academic classes that are taken in conjunction with BFA degree candidates.

Students completing the Associate of Fine Arts program can continue their study in many areas including fine art, graphic design, web page design, curating, art education, advertising, fashion design, and interior design. Administrators, faculty, and staff are available to help guide students toward their goals.

AFA Design Major

Design

  • Design Fundamentals I and II
  • Typography I and II
  • Design Studio I and II

Art/Design History

  • Art History I
  • Art History II
  • 20th Century Art
  • Contemporary Culture
  • History of Design

General Studies

  • Writing I
  • Writing II
  • Humanities Sequence
  • Humanities Sequence
  • Academic Elective

AFA Fine Art Major

Fine Art

  • Fine Art Fundamentals I and II
  • Methods and Materials I and II 
  • Fine Art Studio I and II

Art/Design History

  • Art History I
  • Art History II
  • 20th Century Art
  • Contemporary Culture

General Studies

  • Writing I
  • Writing II
  • Humanities Sequence
  • Humanities Sequence
  • Academic Elective

AFA Photography Major

Photography

  • Photography Fundamentals I and II
  • Media Lab I and II
  • Photography Studio I and II

Art/Design History

  • Art History I
  • Art History II
  • 20th Century Art
  • Contemporary Culture
  • History of Photography

General Studies

  • Writing I
  • Writing II
  • Humanities Sequence
  • Humanities Sequence
  • Academic Elective

Department Life

Like those in the Bachelor of Fine Arts program, Associate of Fine Arts students are encouraged to be involved in offsite exhibitions, artistic collaborations, and artistic productions that help connect them to the world outside the studio.

The Corcoran School of the Arts and Design's visiting artist program and other opportunities to connect with working artists and designers enhance the efforts of the faculty to provide a broad perspective on contemporary practice.

The Visiting Artist-in-Residence program facilitates opportunities to build relationships with professional artists and designers through lectures, critiques, and workshops. Visits to artists' studios, private tours of galleries with curators, and collection visits are just some of the examples of how artists and experts provide students with a more in-depth understanding of the art and design community beyond the Corcoran.