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2017-18 Catalog 
  Feb 20, 2018
2017-18 Catalog

Associate of Arts in Fine Arts

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Credit Hours Required: 64

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, Music and Performing Arts) 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 communication coursework are required for this degree. Twenty-six credit hours of coursework in this degree are in major and elective studies divided into Art, Music and Performing Arts 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)
  • Ethnic/Race/Gender (ERG) awareness
  • Global/International or Historical (GIH) awareness

General Education Requirements (35 credits)

  1. Foundation Studies (9 credits)
    1.   Credits: 6
    2.   Credits: 3
  2. Core Studies (6 credits)
    1.   Credits: 3
    2.   Credits: 3
  3. Area Studies (20 credits)
    1.   Credits: 8
    2. Arts and Humanities Credits: 6 - Choose Option a, b or c:
    3.   Credits: 3
    4.   Credits: 3

Communication Requirement (3 credits)

You may select from the following courses to fulfill the requirements of the Communication component of this degree.

Major and Elective Studies (26 credits)

Choose Art, Music or Performing Arts Concentration

Art Concentration

Music Concentration

Music Core Requirements (22 credits)

Performing Arts Concentration

Performing Arts Core Requirements (16 credits)

Performing Arts Electives: Select 10 credit hours

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.

Performing Arts Concentration:

  1. Perform at required levels of artistry and technical proficiency in voice and piano.
  2. Exhibit music analytical competence.
  3. Incorporate the fundamentals of stage singing into productions.
  4. Identify the social and artistic movements that have shaped theatre and dance as we know it today.
  5. Apply discipline-specific skills to the creation of performances.
  6. Practice collaborative skills in various theatrical contexts.
  7. Develop and apply process skills in rehearsal and production settings.
  8. Perform with technical proficiency and artistic expression in ballet and/or modern dance with selected choreography of classic and contemporary works on stage.
  9. Display technical ability at a level to audition for professional companies. 
  10. Exhibit a mastery of the art of kinetic communication of western concert dance (classical and contemporary ballet, and modern dance), and consistently show a sense of style, finesse, quality, attention to detail, clarity of movement, and artistic performance
  11. Communicate an understanding of the aesthetics and craft of western dance choreography.

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