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The AFA-Visual Arts degree is a college transfer degree, which prepares students for professional practice or the pursuit of a bachelor’s degree. It is appropriate for those who wish to pursue a bachelor’s in any area of visual art or design: studio art, graphic design, art education, and art history. AFA-Visual Arts advising documents are available to help you choose the courses you need to take, fields of visual arts offered at different universities, and a sample semester-by-semester plan of study. Additional courses required by the universities may be taken at Wake Tech, to prepare for transfer.

Information for Prospective New Students

For admission information, please visit the Admissions page Prospective Wake Tech AFA Visual Arts students should seek assistance in Advising. Please be sure to follow all “Steps to Enrollment” prior to meeting with an Advisor.  During the admission process, the incoming student’s appropriate English and Math level will be determined. Once the student has been admitted to the college, they may then speak with an AFA Faculty Advisor in the Fine Arts Department.

New AFA-Visual Arts students should follow the recommended course sequence. The following list is a recommended, but not required, course sequence for a student who wants to take 16 or 17 credit hours during their first semester.   

                AFA First Semester Course List 16 or 17 credits

  • ACA 122 College Transfer Success -  1 credit hour *
  • English 111 Writing and Inquiry (Prerequisite: DRE 098) - 3 credit hours
  • Math 143, 152, or 171 (depending on placement - 3 or 4 credit hours
  • Art 114 Art History I - 3 credit hours
  • Art 121 Two-Dimensional Design - 3 credit hours (6 contact hours)
  • Art 131 Drawing I - 3 credit hours (6 contact hours)               

Students in the AFA-Visual Arts Major have priority registration for all ART studio-based classes. After one semester is completed, AFA students will have an advising hold on their account.  In order to remove the advising hold and register for classes, AFA-Visual Art students must meet with an AFA Faculty Advisor: [email protected].  Advising holds are in place to ensure students seek advising to move successfully towards the completion of their AFA degree. If students have existing or transfer credits previously completed at another institution, they should visit the course equivalency guide. Alternatively, email the Registrar’s Office for assistance, at [email protected]

More about the AFA-Visual Arts program

At Wake Tech, the Associate in Fine Arts in Visual Arts (AFA-Visual Arts) degree is granted for a planned Program of Study. AFA-Visual Arts Suggested Course Sequence (Full-time) consists of a minimum of 60 semester hours of college transfer courses that include Universal General Education Transfer Courses (UGETC), General Education courses and Elective courses.

Students who satisfy this program’s requirements will be eligible for admission into a university Bachelor in Fine Arts (B.F.A) program, pending portfolio review, as a junior. All courses included in Wake Tech’s AFA-Visual Arts Program of study, except MAT 140 Survey of Mathematics, are guaranteed to transfer for general education equivalency credit to each of the 16 constituent institutions of The University of North Carolina in the 2014 CAA (AFA-Visual Arts Transfer Agreements) Courses may also transfer to four-year institutions through bilateral agreements between institutions. In addition, students must obtain a grade of “C” or better in each course and an overall GPA of at least 2.0 on a 4.0 scale in order to transfer with junior status. Students must meet the receiving university's foreign language and/or health and physical education requirements, if applicable, prior to or after transfer to the senior institution.

Due to the process-based nature of Fine Arts, all art studio courses are taught face-to-face to achieve the greatest success regarding technique, craft, and conceptual development of student work. All art studio courses are restricted to students pursuing Wake Tech’s AFA-Visual Arts Degree. Students also have unique exhibition opportunities and access to the Triangle’s dynamic arts and cultural resources.

Bachelors in Fine Arts (B.F.A) Links

Wake Tech AFA Visual Arts students should follow the recommended curriculum guide in selecting courses to graduate from Wake Technical Community College. Please be advised that Wake Tech Community College does not offer every course listed in the catalogue. If this is the case, we recommend that student’s contact their intended transfer school for specific guidance.

Learning about transfer admissions and Bachelor in Fine Arts requirements at four-year universities is essential to student success. Students intending to transfer to a 4-year university should thoroughly research the specific B.F.A requirements applicable to their program of choice.