Creative and Liberal Arts (CALA)

Creative and Liberal Arts programs range from university transfer options to immediate career entry in areas such as early childhood education and community Spanish interpretation. Durham Tech has transfer agreements with 15 local colleges and universities with several guaranteed admissions pathways. Our non-credit courses also offer opportunities for building career skills and discovering personal interests.

Creative and Liberal Arts (CALA) offers several areas of academic studies, including:

  • English and Communications
  • Foreign Languages
  • Humanities and Fine Arts
  • Social Sciences

Short Term Training (Less than 12 months)

Long Term (More than 12 months)

University Transfer

The Associate in Arts (AA) is a two-year degree with an emphasis on courses such as business, English, fine arts, foreign languages, history, philosophy, psychology, or sociology.

The Associate in Fine Arts (AFA) is intended for students who ultimately wish to complete a baccalaureate fine arts degree (BFA or BAFA) within four years. AFA curriculum courses focus on visual arts but the degree also includes general education offerings that emphasize the development of analytical skills, written and oral communication, and competencies in math and science.

Course Selection Guides offer college- and major-specific pathways for obtaining the associate’s degree and preparing for courses within the student's major after they transfer to a specific four-year university. They are based on the Transfer Degree Plans and major requirements provided by the four-year universities. Students interested in a major that is not listed or plan to transfer to a university that is not listed on the course selection guide can use the Baccalaureate Degree Plan and degree requirements provided by the four-year university. Please note that four-year universities do change their requirements without notice to Durham Tech.

  • Art and Design
  • Birth to Kindergarten
  • Communication Studies
  • Economics
  • Elementary and Special Education
  • Elementary Education
  • English Literature
  • Fine Arts
  • General Education
  • History
  • Journalism
  • Middle Grades Education: Language Arts
  • Music Performance
  • Political Science
  • Psychology
  • Social Work
  • Sociology
  • Studio Arts


Associate in General Education (AGE)

Students who want to follow a structured academic curriculum but have no intention of pursuing a baccalaureate degree may be best suited for the Associate in General Education (AGE) degree. This program is ideal for students who want to gain an associate degree for personal or professional goals, but do not intend to transfer to a four-year institution.