Fine Art and Graphic Design Department Mission

The East Central College Fine Art and Graphic Design Department’s mission is to provide a strong foundation rooted in the principles of art and design and foster a creative atmosphere fundamental to lifelong learning in which a student develops mastery of skills and techniques, develops critical and creative approaches to problem-solving that are communicated in a visual context as well as in written and verbal format, becomes socially aware of trends and traditions of the larger art world both past and present in preparation for transfer.

Degrees & Certificates

Art, Associate of Fine Arts (AFA)

East Central College offers two options to students interested in pursuing Art. The Associate of Fine Arts degree (AFA) is the 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 skillset for those who seek employment opportunities with the AFA degree.

What to expect from the AFA at East Central College: The Associate of Fine Arts degree at East Central College is a program rooted in a foundational core curriculum of drawing, design (two-dimensional, three-dimensional, and color), art history, as well as, an in-depth studio art experience. The program culminates with the student compiled portfolio.


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Program Learning Outcomes

After completing the Fine Arts AFA, students will be able to

  • Use proper industry nomenclature – Students learn the basic underpinnings for creating strong, effective compositions and learn the vocabulary to use to explain the success or weakness of a composition.
  • Utilize technology to present and document work for presentation – Students receive training in the correct way to document and present their work, whether through an online portfolio or a PowerPoint presentation. Students have access to professional lighting equipment, a DSLR camera, and photo editing software.
  • Display an adequate level of professionalism in presentation of work – Professional presentation occurs on macro and micro levels. Students learn and practice the skills of analysis and evaluation when selecting work for their portfolio. Students demonstrate their understanding of professional presentation standards of their work by correctly preparing their work for exhibition and when preparing an entire exhibition. Additionally, students consider the importance of context and audience. Students also learn and practice professionalism when speaking about their work, including the processes and ideas that drive the creation of the works.
  • Display critical thinking skills and concrete conceptual development – Students create a coherent body of work, often across the media, communicating an idea that they have been exploring and investigating. Students demonstrate an understanding of the elements and principles of design and effective use of materials by choosing the strongest and most effective works to be in the portfolio.
  • Demonstrate a substantial engagement with historical concepts, techniques, artists, and movements as well as a working knowledge of contemporary artists – It is important for students to be able to make connections with their work and work in the past and to verbalize where they fit in the grand scheme. Formally and informally, in art history survey courses, studio courses, and foundations courses, students learn about important historical works and what makes them continue to be valuable to artists today.

Art Courses

ART 101 Art Appreciation3
ART 115 Art History I3
ART 116 Art History II3
ART 118 Photography I3
ART 119 Photography II3
ART 121 Digital Design3
ART 125 Two Dimensional Design3
ART 126 Design II: Color Theory3
ART 128 Drawing I3
ART 129 Drawing II3
ART 131 Figure Drawing I3
ART 132 Figure Drawing II3
ART 135 Illustration I3
ART 136 Illustration II3
ART 137 Graphic Design I3
ART 141 Painting I3
ART 142 Painting II3
ART 145 Watercolor I3
ART 146 Watercolor II3
ART 148 Ceramics I: Handbuilding & Surfaces3
ART 149 Ceramics II: Throwing & Glaze3
ART 151 Sculpture I3
ART 152 Sculpture II3
ART 165 Digital Video Technician I3
ART 170 Typography3
ART 171 Digital Photography3
ART 172 Intro to Animation3
ART 176 Web Design I3
ART 187 Motion Design3
ART 190 Year/Mid-Program Review0
ART 215 Printmaking-Relief3
ART 216 Printmaking-Intaglio3
ART 217 Advanced Printmaking3
ART 218 Advanced Photography3
ART 221 Digital Illustrator II-Advanced Illustration3
ART 228 Drawing III3
ART 229 Advanced Drawing3
ART 231 Figure Drawing III3
ART 232 Advanced Figure Drawing3
ART 237 Graphic Design II3
ART 241 Advanced Painting3
ART 245 Watercolor III3
ART 248 Advanced Ceramics3
ART 251 Three Dimensional Design3
ART 254 Advanced Sculpture3
ART 255 Professional Practices3
ART 260 Gallery Applications2
ART 261 Package Design3
ART 262 Page Design & Layout3
ART 265 Digital Video Technician II3
ART 266 Web Design II3
ART 268 Multimedia Productions3
ART 269 3-D Modeling3
ART 270 I.S.-Art1 - 5
ART 280 Special Topics-Art1 - 5
ART 281 Multimedia Design Internship3
ART 282 Graphic Design Internship3