Jan 25, 2021
Associate in Fine Arts Degree
Illinois colleges and universities offer two different bachelor’s degrees in art: the professional Bachelor of Fine Arts (B.F.A.) degree and the Bachelor of Arts (B.A.) degree with a major in art. In general the B.F.A. degree requires about 135 semester credits for completion, while the B.A. degree with a major in art requires 120 to 124 semester credits for completion. The B.F.A. degree generally requires more studio art courses than the B.A. degree. In some colleges and universities, a B.A. degree requires competency in a foreign language, while the B.F.A. degree does not.
To transfer as a junior into either a B.F.A. program or B.A. program with a major in Art, students should enroll in the A.F.A. program (described below) in consultation with an art department advisor. Transfer admission is competitive and most institutions require a portfolio review for admission to a B.F.A. program, for registration in advanced studio art courses, and/or for scholarship consideration. Community college students are strongly encouraged to complete the A.F.A. degree before transferring.
General Education Requirements: 31 Credit Hours
Communications (9 Credit Hours)
Three courses must be selected from the general education core list: a two-course sequence in writing (with grade of “C” or better) and one course in oral communications.
Mathematics (3-4 Credit Hours)
One course must be selected from the Mathematics general education core list.
Physical & Life Sciences (7 Credit Hours)
Two science courses must be selected with at least one course being a lab science course. In addition, one course must be selected from the life science group and one course must be selected from the physical science group. See general education core list.
Humanities & Fine Arts (6 Credit Hours)
Two courses must be selected.
- ART 141 - History Of Art I 3 credit hours
- ART 146 - Women In Art 3 credit hours
- One course from the Humanities Group or Interdisciplinary Group only; consider a nonwestern culture course. DO NOT select a course from the Fine Arts Group. Note: AFA degree seeking students must complete one non-western culture course in either humanities or social/behavioral sciences. See general education core list.
Social & Behavioral Sciences (6 Credit Hours)
Two courses must be selected from at least two disciplines (ANTH, ECON, GEOG, HIST, POLS, PSYC, SOCI). Note: AFA degree seeking students must complete one non-western culture course in either humanities or social/behavioral sciences. See general education core list.
Major Field Course Requirement: 30 Credit Hours
Required Art Courses (21 Credit Hours)
Select the seven courses listed below to satisfy art history, drawing, two-dimensional and three-dimensional design, and life/figure drawing requirements.
Studio Art Electives (9 Credit Hours)
Select studio art courses from at least two of the following disciplines in consultation with an art department advisor. A second course in a medium will be reviewed for transfer by portfolio assessment after admission.
Students must complete 15 semester credit hours of the degree at Lewis and Clark Community College.
Cumulative Grade Point Average Requirement
2.00 minimum GPA at L&C
Total Credit Hours Required: 61 Credit Hours