Instructional Council: Art (17), Dance (39), Music (41) and Theatre Arts (50)
Total Credits: 60
Description: The Associate in Arts, Fine Arts (AAFA) degree is designed for students planning to transfer to four-year colleges and universities. In general, the components of the degree meet requirements for majors in the Fine Arts. The degree is designed to prepare students to meet selective admission criteria for programs such as the Bachelor of Fine Arts, which may require a portfolio or performance requirement.
In most cases, courses used to satisfy the MCCCD Associate in Arts, Fine Arts (AAFA) will apply to general university graduation requirements of the majors that align with AAFA degree; however, students need to pay attention to any specific requirements of their intended focus at the university to be sure they select courses that will meet them. Information regarding the articulation of the AAFA degree with majors at the Arizona public universities can be accessed via the following website: www.aztransfer.com The AAFA degree requires a minimum of 60 semester credits for the program of study; minimum total credits vary by specific emphasis (for example, Associate in Arts, Fine Arts Emphasis in Dance). Refer to the Program (Degree) Search at https://curriculum.maricopa.edu/ for credit minimums for individual degree programs by emphasis.
Program Learning Outcomes
Students must select the Required (major-specific) courses from one of the following Fine Arts Emphases: Associate in Arts, Fine Arts, Emphasis in Art (8311), Associate in Arts, Fine Arts, Emphasis in Dance (8312), Associate in Arts, Fine Arts, Emphasis in Music (8313), Associate in Arts, Fine Arts, Emphasis in Musical Theatre (8314), or Associate in Arts, Fine Arts, Emphasis in Theatre (8315).
Restricted Electives for the Associate in Arts, Fine Arts degree vary by specific emphasis and are not required without a specific emphasis selected. Refer to the Program (Degree) Search at curriculum.maricopa.edu for specific courses and credit minimums by emphasis.
Arizona General Education Curriculum (AGEC)
The AGEC-A requires a minimum of 35 credits (32 if student has transfer credit from ASU, NAU or UAZ for a single course that meets FYC in full).
First-Year Composition [FYC]
+ ENG101 First-Year Composition (3) OR
+ ENG107 First-Year Composition for ESL (3) AND
+ ENG102 First-Year Composition (3) OR
+ ENG108 First-Year Composition for ESL (3) 6*
*FYC may be met with fewer than 6 credits if student has transfer credit from ASU, NAU or UAZ for a single course that meets FYC in full.
Literacy and Critical Inquiry [L]
Any approved general education course in the Literacy and Critical Inquiry [L] area.
+ MAT140 College Mathematics (5) OR
+ MAT141 College Mathematics (4) OR
+ MAT142 College Mathematics (3) OR
MAT145 College Mathematics with Review (5) OR
MAT146 College Mathematics with Review (6) OR
Any approved general education course in the Mathematical Applications [MA] area (3-6) 3-6
Any approved general education courses in the Computer/Statistics/Quantitative Applications [CS] area.
Humanities, Arts and Design [HU]
Any approved general education courses in the Humanities, Arts and Design [HU] area. Recommend students select [HU] courses aligned with the chosen emphasis (Art, Dance, Music, Musical Theatre, Theatre).
Social-Behavioral Sciences [SB]
Any approved general education courses in the Social-Behavioral Sciences [SB] area.
Natural Sciences [SG]/[SQ]
Any approved general education course in the Science Quantitative [SQ] area (4) AND
Any approved general education course in the Science Quantitative [SQ] area or the Science General [SG] area (4). 8
These requirements may be shared with other AGEC requirements.
Cultural Diversity in the US [C]
Any approved general education course in the Cultural Diversity in the U.S. [C] area.
Historical/Global Awareness [H]/[G]
Any approved general education course in the Historical [H] or Global [G] area
MCCCD Additional Requirements
MCCCD Additional Requirements
Courses in this area may also be applied to AGEC requirements. To minimize total credits required for degree and maximize transferable credits, it is recommended that courses be selected that meet more than one requirement wherever possible.
Oral Communication (COM)
COM100 Introduction to Human Communication (3) OR
COM110 Interpersonal Communication (3) OR
+ COM225 Public Speaking (3) OR
COM230 Small Group Communication (3) 0-3
Critical Reading (CRE)
+ CRE101 College Critical Reading and Critical Thinking (3) OR
Equivalent as indicated by assessment (0) 0-3
Select courses 100-level or higher if needed to complete a minimum of 60 semester credits but no more than a total of 64 semester credits, which is the maximum number of credits accepted toward most degree programs at Arizona`s public universities. Ideally, students should select courses that meet requirements for their major/area of interest and transfer institution. See General Associate Degree Academic Policies for further details, limitations, and guidelines.
Maricopa courses and external courses evaluated as Maricopa equivalents, departmental electives (e.g., HISELC for a history elective), or general electives (GENELC) that are numbered 100 level or higher, and completed with a grade of C or higher, may be applied in the elective area, regardless of potential transferability to other institutions. It is recommended, however, that students planning to transfer to a baccalaureate-granting institution meet these general elective requirements with courses that are transferable and applicable to their intended university degree. Transfer and major guides are accessible on the following websites: aztransfer.com, maricopa.edu/transfer/partners, as well as those of individual universities. For appropriate course selection, students should consult with an academic advisor.
+ indicates course has prerequisites and/or corequisites.
++ indicates that any suffixed course may be selected.
MCCCD Governing Board Approval Date: December 8, 2020
All information published is subject to change without notice. Every effort has been made to ensure the accuracy of information presented, but based on the dynamic nature of the
curricular process, course and program information is subject to change in order to reflect the most current information available.