The AFA degree is a path that allows Fine Arts majors to complete a series of fine arts foundation courses, to experience and develop skills in a variety of media, and to compile a comprehensive portfolio of artwork. While the AFA degree is often pursued by those planning to transfer into a BA or BFA program, the courses lay the groundwork for lifelong artistic growth and build a solid skill set for those who seek employment opportunities with the AFA degree. The program has an articulation agreement with UMSL and is accredited by NASAD (National Association of Schools of Art and Design). Artists are found in a variety of occupations: Artist, Entrepreneur, Printmaker, Photographer, Conservator, Curatorial Assistant, Public Relations (museum, art gallery), Exhibit Designer, Archivist, Registrar (museum), Art Therapist, Writer/Critic, Art Agent/Consultant, Art Transporter or Handler, Framer, Medical Illustrator, Art Supply Salesperson, Art Director, Multimedia Artist, Animator, Illustrator, Graphic Designer, Teacher/Professor
Extra-Curricular/Co-curricular Opportunities at ECC: A student in the Art department at ECC has the opportunity to take part in exhibitions in the ECC Art Gallery, visiting artist workshops. The Art Club brings art and art projects to the campus and ECC service area, as well as providing community service. Students may also travel abroad with the Art Club for artistic enrichment. ECC art students are also encouraged to take part in the wonderful programming provided by other departments at ECC including the Film and Lecture Series, ECC Music Performances and ECC Theater Productions.
This program is an accredited institutional member of the National Association of Schools of Art and Design (NASAD).