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Studio Arts

At SCCC we offer an Associate of Fine Arts in Studio Arts. We are committed to developing in each art major the capacity for creative problem solving in making art. Our program nurtures artistic freedom and creativity while developing a strong sense of artistic discipline. We believe that contemporary expression in art requires grounding not just in studio practice but also in the rigorous study of various image making traditions and cultures. The curriculum is designed to lead students through a series of visual and intellectual challenges and to encourage a mastery of various mediums. To become tomorrow’s visionary requires an understanding of one’s own time and place in history through exploring the infinite possibilities of individual experience.

Upon completion of this program, graduates will be able to:

  • Display an understanding of abstract relationships and elements, and their expressive potential.
  • Exhibit an understanding of form and composition in drawing from the human figure.
  • Demonstrate an ability to make connections between theory and practice.
  • Demonstrate qualitative decision-making based on current art trends and art historical concepts.
  • Demonstrate critical thinking using artistic principles drawn from contemporary social, political, or personal issues.
  • Develop a portfolio of artwork.

Students are expected to provide their own materials and textbooks. Lab fees provide studio time and assistance for art students. See list of “Open Studio Hours” posted in each art studio during the first week of the semester.

Career Options

Students who earn an Associate in Fine Arts (AFA) in Studio Arts often pursue careers in studio arts (drawing, painting, sculpture, ceramics), Art Education, Art History and Art Therapy.

Transfer Options

The Studio Arts A.F.A. is designed for students who wish to transfer into B.F.A. degree programs. Note, the statewide transfer agreement does not apply to the A.F.A. degrees. Be sure to consult with a counselor to review your goals.


Julie McWilliams