The Ivy Tech Associate of Fine Arts (AFA) program is a transfer degree program that gives you foundational knowledge and skills in the visual arts. You’ll study art, design, and history while putting your skills into practice through various projects.
As an AFA student, you will:
Hone your artistic voice and build a portfolio of work.
Network through art organizations, exhibitions, and volunteer opportunities.
Study the historical achievements, current major issues, processes, and directions of your field.
Exhibit work and participate in critiques and discussions of your work and the work of others.
Participate in local art festivals and exhibits.
Learn to analyze works of art/design perceptively and evaluate them critically.
Create and present work that demonstrates perceptual acuity, conceptual understanding, and technical facility at an entry level in your chosen field(s).
Gain skills in visual organization, including the ability to work with visual elements in two and three dimensions, color theory and its applications, and drawing from observation.
Visual artists help make the world a more beautiful place. They challenge us to consider new perspectives and to better understand the past, present, and future.
You can create the career of your dreams by starting at Ivy Tech and transferring to a four-year degree program. Graduates of the Associate of Fine Arts go on to study visual arts at some of the best schools in the country, including Savannah College of Art and Design, Herron School of Art, and the Art Institute of Chicago. Others choose to begin working immediately in the field.
Fine Arts studies prepare you for the following roles:
Community Based Artist
Social Practice Artist
The Indianapolis Fine Arts program is fully accredited by the National Association of Schools of Art & Design (NASAD). NASAD is an organization of schools, colleges, and universities that offer art and design studies. Founded in 1944, it has approximately 315 institutional members. Accreditation with NASAD affords excellent transfer opportunities to four-year universities locally and across the country.
Associate Degree – Transferable Degree
Transfer After Completing Your AFA
The Associate of Fine Arts degree program is designed for students who wish to transfer to a four-year college or university to pursue a bachelor’s degree. Students take courses in drawing, design, painting, printmaking, and other aspects of visual art. You can save upward of $10,000 by completing your first two years at Ivy Tech and then transferring!
Our Fine Arts program currently has partnerships with two schools so you can seamlessly transfer without losing your credits or time:
Talk to our transfer advocates for information about continuing your education after completing your associate degree at Ivy Tech. You are also encouraged to contact the university to which you plan to transfer. Note that admission is not guaranteed just by enrolling in the Fine Arts program. You will need to be admitted to the institution you intend to transfer to.
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