Art: Associate in Arts (A.A.) Degree
The Associate in Fine Arts (AFA) degree is designed to complete the lower-division
(freshman and sophomore) portion of a Bachelor's of Fine Arts degree. Baccalaureate
degree programs in the fine arts are highly structured and require many sequential courses
in the major field at the lower division. In order to take courses similar to those of
freshman and sophomore students at a university, some general education courses are
postponed to the junior and senior years. Even though the AFA degree does not contain the
entire IAI General Education Core Curriculum, students who transfer, having earned a minimum of
30 semester credit hours of college level coursework, have the option of completing the IAI GECC
requirements or the receiving institution's lower-division general education requirements.
There are four approved options or areas of concentration for the AFA degree. Faculty from
senior institutions, independent colleges, and community colleges developed the AFA as part of the
Illinois Articulation Initiative (IAI). The four options are art, art education, music, and music
education. Once a college has an approved AFA, other options may be added as Reasonable and Moderate extensions.
Updated: September 28, 2010
The major panel courses recommended will be accepted as credit toward the major at the receiving institutions listed.
Credit will either be accepted as a course equivalent or be counted as elective credit toward fulfilling the requirements of the major.
- Once a transfer institution is chosen, students should consult the appropriate transfer guide as soon as possible for guidance on the most successful transfer path .Click here to view other Articulation Agreements..
- Note that if the receiving institution does not offer the course or does not offer it at the lower-division level, the student will receive elective lower-division major credit for the course but may be required to take the course at the upper division level.
- Receiving institutions may still require additional lower division courses to satisfy the major requirements, but students transferring should be able to complete the remaining courses in the same time that a native student can be reasonably expected to do so.
- Approval of this list of recommended courses does not guarantee that the student will be admitted to the receiving institution or to that major.
The following institutions have agreed to the major courses listed below:
| PART I: Associate in Fine Arts (A.F.A) IAI Major Recommendations
|| 60-68 semester credits
| PART II: Associate in Fine Arts (A.F.A) IAI GECC Recommendations
||27-39 semester credits