The Associate in Fine Arts (AFA) in Visual Art degree is a University Transfer program, which allows students the opportunity to explore their creative and technical skills while building a strong foundation in artistic practice. Art History courses provide a grounding in the history and context of the visual arts, while studio courses provide hands-on experience in a variety of traditional and digital media. Wake Tech offers Studio Art courses in drawing, design, painting, printmaking, sculpture, digital design, graphic design and portfolio/resume.
The AFA in Visual Arts degree consists of at least 60 semester hours of University Transfer courses, including 15 required credits in Art Studio and Art History courses, Universal General Education Transfer Courses, general education core and transferable courses. The program can be completed in two years of full-time study. Students are welcome to pursue the AFA on a part-time or evening basis as well.
The AFA in Visual Art program prepares students for transfer into Bachelor of Arts or Bachelor of Fine Arts programs in studio art, graphic design, art education and art history, as well as preparing students for professional practice in the field of art. Wake Tech has transfer agreements with UNC System schools, private colleges and The Savannah College of Art and Design. Credits earned in this program may also be transferable to four-year universities and colleges in any field of study.
Studio-based classes, such as 2D Design, 3D Design, Drawing, Painting and Digital Design are offered online with a required synchronous virtual component. Hybrid and in-person studio-based classes are offered at Southern Wake Campus and Scott Northern Wake Campus.
While required core studio-based classes 2D Design, Drawing and 3D Design are offered in the Fall and Spring semesters, elective courses, such as Printmaking, Sculpture and Digital Photography, are not offered every semester. No studio-based classes are offered during the summer. Studio-based courses are restricted to AFA in Visual Arts students.
Students have access to exhibition opportunities on both campuses, as well as access to the Triangle's dynamic arts and cultural resources. The Visual Arts Success and Engagement Center (VASE) provides students with access to resources and opportunities in the arts.
The AFA in Visual Arts degree program learning outcomes are Design Thinking and Production, Written Communication and Critical Thinking.