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Dean Craig Ralston (928) 776-2311

Quick Facts

About the Associate of Arts in Fine Arts

The Associate of Arts in Fine Arts degree requires completion of 64 credit hours. This degree is designed to enable a student to transfer to a baccalaureate-granting institution. Students following this degree program will complete university-parallel requirements in general education that will fulfill all lower division general education requirements at the Arizona universities. The AAFA degree will also allow students as declared fine arts (art and music) majors to fulfill their lower division major requirements at Yavapai College. This degree outline provides the list of fine arts core requirement courses.

Thirty-five hours of coursework are concentrated in general education. At Yavapai College the Arizona General Education Curriculum (AGEC-A) is embedded in the Associate of Arts in Fine Arts degree. Arizona General Education (AGEC) special requirements incorporate additional university requirements in Intensive Writing/Critical Inquiry (IWR), Ethnic/Race/Gender (ERG) awareness, and Global/International and Historical (GIH) awareness areas. Upon completion of all 35 credit hours (including the special requirements) of the AGEC with a grade of “C” of higher, the student will receive recognition of completion on the transcript and guaranteed transferability of the AGEC upon admission to one of the state universities in Arizona.

The core curriculum consists of three parts: (A) Foundation Studies include critical literacy, precise writing, qualitative thinking, and the process of analysis and synthesis that underlie logical reasoning; (B) Core Studies focus on the conceptual frameworks through which a thinker, a culture, or an academic discipline may approach an issue; (C) Area Studies link foundation skills in thinking and communicating and the core emphasis on conceptual frameworks to the content of academic disciplines.

Three credit hours of communications coursework are required for this degree. Twenty-six credit hours of coursework in this degree are in major and elective studies divided into Art and Music Concentrations. This aspect of the degree affords the student an opportunity to begin work on a major area of study.

Students preparing to transfer to an upper-division baccalaureate degree program should contact an advisor in the major field of study at the transfer institution in addition to meeting regularly with a faculty advisor and/or an academic advisor at Yavapai College. Regular advisement is important to build an educational plan and ensure transferability of general education, elective, and major courses. Students intending to transfer to one of the Arizona public universities can obtain specific information on transferability of courses from the Course Equivalency Guide and curriculum transfer guides available from academic advisors. Transfer guides are also available from each university's web site.


*AGEC Special Awareness Requirements Students must complete a course from each of the following areas:

  • Intensive Writing/Critical Inquiry (IWR) 
  • ‚ÄčEthnic/Race/Gender (ERG) awareness
  • Global/International or Historical (GIH) awareness

Program Outcomes

Upon successful completion of the Associate of Arts in Fine Arts Degree program, the learner will be able to:

Art Concentration:

1.    Articulate the creative process and influence of project development.

2.    Use safe practices with appropriate equipment, tools and materials.

3.    Exercise and exhibit quality craftsmanship.

4.    Utilize, analyze and synthesize the principles and elements of design.

5.    Identify historical and contemporary examples of the Fine Arts and Crafts.

6.    Create a fine arts portfolio.

Music Concentration:

1.    Perform at a required level of artistry and technical proficiency on an instrument.

2.    Develop and perform a required level of music analytical competence.

3.    Exhibit a required level of aural recognition.

4.    Explain the historical and cultural development of music throughout the ages.

5.    Communicate informed personal reactions to recorded and live music.



General Educational Requirements

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