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Art — Associate in Fine Arts

The A.F.A. is designed primarily for students wishing to transfer into baccalaureate programs with a major in studio art, often leading to a BFA degree.  When planning your coursework, use the A.F.A. Student Planning Worksheet.  

The A.A. is designed for students planning to pursue a Liberal Arts degree in either art history or studio art, often leading to a BA degree.  Course selections should be made using the A.A. Student Planning Worksheet.

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IAI Majors

Although designed to meet transfer requirements, the A.F.A. degree does not complete the requirements of the Illinois Articulation Initiative (IAI) General Education Core Curriculum for lower division general education requirements at participating schools.

Students will need to fulfill the General Education requirements of the school to which they transfer. Completion of the A.F.A. does not guarantee admission either to a baccalaureate program or to upper division music courses. Students may be required to demonstrate their skill level through audit, placement test, audition or review of student recordings. Students are encouraged to complete the A.F.A. degree prior to transferring.

Students who have taken 35 or more credits may request the IAI General Education Core Curriculum audit from the Office of Student Records.


The Art program at College of DuPage provides a variety of courses that serve as a foundation for continuing art study at a baccalaureate-granting school, for meeting the Humanities or International Studies General Education requirements for an associate's degree, or for personal enrichment. These courses may be the first step toward a career in free-lance art work, art teaching, art criticism, curator, art gallery direction, museum work, or design and illustration.

Potential art transfer degree-seeking students should take the period courses in art history, Art 2211, 2212 and 2213, and the studio sequences of Art 1101 and 1102 (Drawing) and Art 1151 and 1152 (Design). The college also offers a variety of other advanced studio courses including life drawing, painting, sculpture, ceramics, fiber arts, book arts, jewelry/metals, printmaking, papermaking and computer art. For transfer under IAI, these sequences should be started and completed at College of DuPage.

Students not majoring in art who are interested in a lecture-based approach to the principles, processes and history of art may select Art 1100, Introduction to the Visual Arts, a course that satisfies degree requirements. Those who are interested in an introduction to working with studio art materials may select Art 1105, Introduction to Studio Art, or any of the other studio art sequences.

Contact Information

Arts, Communication, and Hospitality Division Office
McAninch Arts Center (MAC), Room 219
(630) 942-2048