Art – Associate of Fine Arts

Art – Associate of Fine Arts

Career/Program Degree

RCTC’s ART Associate of Fine Arts Program offers students the opportunity to study the fundamentals of art and who wish to transfer into baccalaureate degree programs to complete a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree, or a Bachelor of Arts degree.

An ART AFA student transferring into a BFA or BA program may choose to specialize in one of many visual arts fields including: photography, graphic design, web design, digital art, illustration, ceramics, sculpture, painting, and drawing.


Coursework may include: Art History I and II, Drawing I and II, 2D Design, 3D Design, Painting I and II, Ceramics I and II, Photography I, Darkroom Photography, Photography II, Studio Lighting Techniques, Computer as a Creative Media, Graphic Design I and II, Typography, Digital Art I and II, Web Design I and II, Motion Graphics I and II, Media Arts, Directed Studio, and Art Portfolio.

Program/Degree Options

ART, Associate of Fine Arts Degree.

Program Start Date(s)

Programs can be started when courses start at the beginning of any semester. Some courses may be offered only once a year. Check the RCTC catalog for course availability by semester. Consult your academic advisor for your program of study.

Career Opportunities/Information

Studio Artists

Studio artists work in traditional art media including drawing, painting, ceramics, sculpture, printmaking, and photography. Most of a Studio Artist’s day is spent creating artwork, arranging shows, and preparing work for exhibition. They create work to display and sell in galleries. Studio Artists can also work in galleries, art centers, and provide artwork to collections.

Graphic Designers

Graphic designers combine text and graphics in order to communicate a message. Most of a Graphic Designer’s day is spent researching needs, sketching solutions, or creating designs for logos, layouts, and environments. They provide solutions to their client’s visual communication problems.

Web Designers / Interaction Designers

Web and Interaction designers combine text and graphics to create functional and compelling websites for their clients. Most of a Web Designer’s day is spent researching needs, testing the usability, developing design solutions, or implementing websites. They provide clients with a functional website that communicates the messages the client intends.


Photographers create lens-based images using both digital and analog materials. Most of a Photographer’s day is spent creating images, networking, or managing a business. Photographers make images for clients, for publication, or for exhibition. Photographers are often self-employed or work as an in-house photographer for a business.


Rochester Community and Technical College is accredited by The Higher Learning Commission. An articulation agreement for Art, Associate in Fine Arts Degree Program has been established between RCTC and Winona State University.

The Transfer Pathway for the ART AFA allowing for easy transfer to other MNSCU Bachelor of Arts and Bachelor of Fine Arts degrees will be implemented in the Fall of 2019.

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Gainful Employment

The U.S. Department of Education’s (USDE) gainful employment regulations require disclosure of certain program information for programs that lead to certificates or diplomas and are financial aid eligible.  The most current RCTC gainful employment information can be found at:

Information Photography Cert 26 Overview content updated: 2017-04-27