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Art Transfer Pathway (AFA) - 60 credits

AFA in Art

The Art (Minnesota State Transfer Pathway) AFA is a pre-professional degree intended for students transferring to a four-year program or those with a strong interest in visual art. The AFA in Art is designed to encourage students to focus their coursework to achieve an associate degree that distinguishes their accomplishments in art. The Art Transfer Pathway AFA offers students a powerful option: the opportunity to complete an Associate of Fine Arts degree with course credits that directly transfer to designated Art bachelor's degree programs at Minnesota State universities. * The curriculum has been specifically designed so that students completing this pathway degree and transferring to one of the seven Minnesota State universities enter the university with junior-year status. All courses in the Transfer Pathway associate degree will directly transfer and apply to the designated bachelor's degree programs in a related field. *Universities within the Minnesota State system include Bemidji State University; Metropolitan State University; Minnesota State University, Mankato; Minnesota State University Moorhead; Southwest Minnesota State University; St. Cloud State University; and Winona State University.

Accreditation

Normandale Community College's Art program is accredited by the National Association of Schools of Art and Design (NASAD).

Careers in Art

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The Art (Minnesota State Transfer Pathway) AFA is a pre-professional degree intended for students transferring to a four-year program or those with a strong interest in visual art.  The AFA in Art is designed to encourage students to focus their coursework to achieve an associate degree that distinguishes their accomplishments in art.  

The Art Transfer Pathway AFA offers students a powerful option: the opportunity to complete an Associate of Fine Arts degree with course credits that directly transfer to designated Art bachelor's degree programs at Minnesota State universities.

* The curriculum has been specifically designed so that students completing this pathway degree and transferring to one of the seven Minnesota State universities enter the university with junior-year status. All courses in the Transfer Pathway associate degree will directly transfer and apply to the designated bachelor's degree programs in a related field.

*Universities within the Minnesota State system include Bemidji State University; Metropolitan State University; Minnesota State University, Mankato; Minnesota State University Moorhead; Southwest Minnesota State University; St. Cloud State University; and Winona State University. 

Core Courses - 40 credits

Code Title Credits
ART 1102 Foundation Art History 1 3
ART 1103 Foundation Art History 2 3
ART 1118 Two-Dimensional Design 3
ART 1120 Foundation Three-Dimensional Design 3
ART 1121 Foundation Drawing 1 3
ART 1122 Foundation Digital Imaging 3
ART 2200** Portfolio and Professional Practices 3
ART 2210*** AFA in Art Capstone: Exhibition 1

Complete four courses including a minimum of one course from each of the following categories

Two-Dimensional Courses

Code Title Credits
ART 1110 Introduction to Black and White Photography 3
ART 1114 Introduction to Digital Photography 3
ART 1116 Introduction to Graphic Design 3
ART 1126 Introduction to Printmaking: Screenprint 3
ART 1127 Introduction to Painting 3
ART 1129 Introduction to Printmaking - Relief 3
ART 2204 Foundation Drawing 2 3

Three-Dimensional Courses

Code Title Credits
ART 1123 Introduction to Sculpture 3
ART 1124 Ceramics - Handbuilding 3
ART 1130 Introduction to Ceramics - Wheel Throwing 3

Complete two of the following courses:

Code Title Credits
ART 1113 Video Art 3
ART 1115 2D Animation and Interactivity 3
ART 1125 Glass Fusing 1 3
ART 1128 Watercolor Painting 3
ART 1132 Mixed Media 3
ART 2201 Figure Drawing 3
ART 2206 Glass Fusing 2 3
ART 2207 Advanced Photography 3
ART 2208 Advanced Painting 3

Additional Course Requirements - 20 credits

Code Title Credits
ENGC 1101 Freshman Composition 4
COMM 1100 Introduction to Human Communication 3
or COMM 1101 Fundamentals of Public Speaking 3
or COMM 1111 Interpersonal Communication 3
or COMM 1121 Small Group Communication 3

Complete a minimum of 13 credits from three of the following MnTC Goal areas: 3, 5, 7, 9, or 10

Other Degree Requirements

  • Earn a minimum cumulative grade point average (GPA) of 2.0 for college-level coursework (courses numbered 1000 and above) completed at Normandale.
  • Earn a minimum cumulative grade point average (GPA) of 3.0 in ART courses.
  • Earn a minimum of 20 college-level credits at Normandale

Coursework in this degree program satisfies a portion of the Minnesota Transfer Curriculum (MnTC).

Admission to the Program is a two-step process:

  • Application and Portfolio:  Complete and submit the AFA in Art application form below and a digital portfolio of artwork (4 pieces) to the AFA in Art Coordinator, Brian Mack (brian.mack@normandale.edu / F2225 / (952) 358-8592). The AFA in Art application can be found at the AFA & AA in Art Major's bulletin board or here. Use the Preparation of a Portfolio on page 2 for the specific requirements for submitting the digital portfolio of artwork. Completed application and artwork will be reviewed by Art Department faculty. Interview with AFA in Art Coordinator: After the application is reviewed, the AFA coordinator will schedule an interview to discuss your application and review the degree requirements.

**  Complete ART 2200 Portfolio and Professional Practices (grade C or higher) after completing ART 1121, ART 1118, and ART 1122.


*** Complete ART 2210 AFA in Art Capstone: Exhibition (grade C or higher) after completing ART 2200 and ten or fewer art credits remaining to complete degree.