Steve Kerrigan
Chair/Instructor Phillips (Building 3), room 233
919-536-7200, ext. 8032

* This program is financial aid eligible.

Associate in Fine Arts in Visual Arts

Long Term

The Associate in Fine Arts in Visual Arts (AFA) prepares students who plan to major in studio art at a four-year university. The degree consists of 60 semester hours of credit (SHC) of college transfer courses. Students in this program take some general education courses together with a core fine arts curriculum made up of Drawing, Two-Dimensional Design, Three-Dimensional Design, and Art History I and II.. Students in the program have the opportunity to deepen their study of fine arts and explore various media through a variety of studio art courses-beyond the core curriculum, including a flexible set of electives that allow students to prepare for a variety of specialties, from animation to sculpture.

Courses in the Associate in Fine Arts in Visual Arts degree are approved for transfer to all UNC System universities and most NC independent colleges and universities under the CAA and ICAA. In addition, under the AFA Uniform Articulation Agreement, students who complete all courses with a C or higher and a 2.0 or higher GPA are guaranteed to have met the requirements for admission to the studio art program at participating universities, although admission remains competitive.

Estimated Tuition & Fees



Main Campus, OCC, Online

Credit Hours


First-Semester Courses

Course Number Title Credit Hours
ACA-122 College Transfer Success 1
ART-114 Art History Survey I 3
ART-131 Drawing I 3
ENG-111 Writing and Inquiry 3

Suggested Paths

Short Term

(12 months or less)

University Transfer

headshot of zhane strachan

“The Fine Arts program at Durham Tech gave me a future and offered all of the classes I wanted like figure drawing and painting. It is the best avenue to get the art degree I want when I transfer, which is ultimately graphic design. The instructors in the program are truly the best art teachers I’ve ever had.”

—Zhane Strachan