Fine Art (AA)

Fine Art (AA)

The AA program offers a strong introduction to the core principles of creating fine art. Students choose an area of emphasis from drawing and painting, printmaking, or sculpture. The Associate of Arts degree can be used as a stepping stone to the BFA program.


Associate of Arts (AA) Degree

Available Online

Core Classes

FA 110 Still Life Painting 1 Core/3
FA 143 Silkscreen 1 Core/3
FA 145 Printmaking Core/3
FA 211 Introduction to Painting: Figure Core/3
FA 213 Introduction to Anatomy Core/3
FND 110 Analysis of Form Core/3
FND 112 Figure Drawing Core / 3 / Recommended for Summer
FND 125 Color and Design Core/3
FND 131 Figure Modeling Core/3
ILL 133 Digital Media: Digital Manipulation Core / 3 / Recommended for Summer


Unit Requirements

Major Coursework Units
Core 33
Major 9
Liberal Arts 18
Total 60

Degree Requirements


  • Minimum grade of C- in all core courses, major courses, and LA 107 Writing for the Multilingual Artist or LA 108 Composition for the Artist.
  • Minimum 2.0 GPA and the following general education requirements:
    2 Art Historical Awareness courses
    1 Written Communication: Composition course
    1 Written Communication: Critical Thinking course
    1 Employment Communications & Practices course

After above general education requirements are met, take Liberal Arts electives as needed to fulfill the Liberal Arts unit requirement.

Additional Information

Program Learning Outcomes

Undergraduate students will meet the following student performance criteria:

Visual Communication

  • Demonstrate basic skills in composition
  • Demonstrate effective use of color theory
  • Demonstrate effective use of proportion, gesture, and perspective
  • Use value effectively when creating form
  • Apply anatomical knowledge to accurately draw the human form
  • Demonstrate craftsmanship and fine attention to detail

Technical Execution

  • Demonstrate technical proficiency in a variety of printmaking processes (printmaking only)

Professional Readiness

  • Produce basic materials required for an entry-level job search

Academy of Art University Learning Outcomes
Graduates of the Academy of Art University will demonstrate the ability to:

  1. Produce a body of work suitable for seeking professional opportunities in their chosen field of art and design.
  2. Solve creative problems within their field of art and design, including research and synthesis of technical, aesthetic, and conceptual knowledge.
  3. Communicate their ideas professionally and connect with their intended audience using visual, oral, and written presentation skills relevant to their field.
  4. Execute technical, aesthetic, and conceptual decisions based on an understanding of art and design principles.
  5. Evaluate work in their field, including their own work, using professional terminology.
  6. Recognize the influence of major cultural and aesthetic trends, both historical and contemporary, on art and design products.
  7. Learn the professional skills and behaviors necessary to compete in the global marketplace for art and design.
  8. Engage with a variety of communities beyond the classroom through internship opportunities, study abroad programs, athletics, student interest clubs as well as collaborative, civic and pro bono projects.

*Semester plans are subject to change at any time. Semester breakdowns displayed are suggested and additional options are available to help customize your educational experience. Speak to an admissions or student services representative for more information. Please see our catalog for more details at:

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