Studio Art - Associate in Fine Arts

Program Info

Year Established
Program Code
Degree Type
Associate in Fine Arts
Office Contact
School of Liberal Arts: 313-845-9624,, Liberal Arts Building, Room: K-201 and F-138
Faculty Contact
Steven Glazer: 313-845-6485,, Fine Arts Bldg, Room: F-140

Program Description


A comprehensive study of the foundation skills needed to successfully transfer to a four year Bachelor of Fine Arts program. Course work includes design studies, drawing, painting, photography, ceramics, digital media, and art history - all of which are used to develop an understanding of the visual elements and principals of design as they relate to observational, spatial, and expressive literacy. Craftsmanship, dedication and skill sets are stressed throughout the program. While visual literacy is of utmost importance within the program, learning how to look at, understand and communicate about art, both in a written and oral context, is also stressed. All students will be required to participate in an on-campus Exit Exhibition prior to graduation.

Students have three different opportunities to transfer into a BFA program with this degree. The "General Transfer" pathway is for students who plan to attend any school other than Wayne State University or Eastern Michigan University. The WSU and EMU-specific pathways allow students to take additional courses at HFC prior to potentially transferring as second-semester juniors. To be eligible for Financial Aid, students must select one of these three pathways prior to graduation. If a student graduates within the General Transfer program, financial aid will not cover the remaining hours towards another pathway.

Program Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion of this program, students should be able to:

  1. Communicate aesthetic concepts in a variety of media utilizing the Visual Elements and Principles of Design.
  2. Create body of two-dimensional work that demonstrates an understanding of the Visual Elements and Principals of Design as they apply to observational literacy.
  3. Create a body of three-dimensional work that demonstrates and understanding of the Visual Elements and Principles of Design as they apply to spatial literacy.
  4. Develop a sense of historical literacy as it relates to the visual arts, and the impact on one’s own art, through course assignments and discussions.
  5. Develop a sense of expressive literacy as it relates to the creation of artistic endeavors, and assemble a body of work that validates this capability.
Career Opportunities

Designed as a transfer program into a Bachelor of Fine Arts program:

  • Studio Artist
  • College Professor (with BFA and MFA in studio, or PhD in Art History)
  • Museum or Gallery Work (with BFA)

General Education

Category 1: English Composition
Complete any one course from the Michigan Transfer Agreement (MTA) list.
Category 2: English Composition or Communications
Complete any one course from the Michigan Transfer Agreement (MTA) list.
Credit Hours

See General Education for Transfer Degrees for details.

Program Requirements

Required Support Courses
Course Name Credit Hours

Complete the General Education requirements and required core courses within one of the following three pathways. Consultation with an academic advisor or faculty chair is recommended to determine the correct pathway.

Credit Hours: 22
Minimum Total Credit Hours
Requirements are subject to change. The information represented here is effective starting Fall 2024 and applies to the current catalog year. If you were admitted prior to this year, please check your requirements under the My Progress section of HFC Self Service.