Award: Associate of Fine Arts Degree
No. of credits required: 
For more information: Contact Asst. Prof. Jeff Rollinger, 443-412-2350,; Assoc. Prof. Kenneth Jones, 443-412-2326,; or Admissions, 443-412-2109.

The Art + Design program offers students an Associate of Fine Arts degree (A.F.A) and preparation to transfer with junior status to a B.F.A. Art + Design program. This program prepares students with an intensive, hands-on, studio-based curriculum that stresses the development of art-making skills and critical thinking. Classes are taught by professional, exhibiting artists who have expertise in their disciplines. This program also provides the community with the opportunity to study for personal enrichment.

The Photography concentration is designed to train students in a broad range of photographic applications, including traditional black and white and color photography, digital photography, and studio lighting, with an emphasis on technical fundamentals and the development of a personal artistic vision. This concentration prepares students for continued study in B.F.A. programs at some four-year institutions, or for a career in various commercial fields of photography. The A.F.A degree is a pre-professional degree. In comparison with an A.A. in Art + Design, there is a higher concentration of studio classes and fewer general education courses. Students wishing to pursue a Bachelor of Fine Arts (B.F.A.) at a private art college, or who need more intensive development of their portfolios for transfer to any institution, should choose this degree. Students planning to transfer to a state institution may want to consider enrolling in the Associate of Arts (A.A.) Art + Design degree. Please consult with an advisor. The B.F.A. is the best choice for students who plan on pursuing their M.F.A.

Upon completion of the Associate of Fine Arts in Art + Design degree students will be able to:
  1. Create works with proper use of design elements.
  2. Create works with a demonstrated proficiency in the use of materials, tools, techniques, and processes.
  3. Clearly communicate and demonstrate critical thinking to articulate ideas in visual, verbal, and written forms.
  4. Demonstrate good habits and behaviors of self-reflection, motivation, confidence, and work ethic.
  5. Create work that shows the clear evolution of concept development and increasing sophistication.
  6. Successfully transfer to a four-year B.F.A. Program.

HCC graduates have successfully transferred to art schools and universities, both in and out of Maryland. Students who plan to transfer to a four-year institution should check the requirements of that institution. If they are significantly different from the courses listed, students should consult with an advisor for academic guidance. Some art schools require portfolios for admission and financial aid consideration. HCC faculty are well-versed in these requirements and assist students in portfolio preparation.

Nationally, 673,656 businesses are involved in the creation or distribution of the arts, and they employ 3.48 million people. This represents 4.01 percent of all U.S. businesses and 2.04 percent of all U.S. employees—demonstrating statistically that the arts are a formidable business presence and broadly distributed across our communities. Arts businesses and the creative people they employ stimulate innovation, strengthen America's competitiveness in the global marketplace, and play an important role in building and sustaining economic vibrancy.

Art + Design graduates are offered educational opportunities and critical thinking skills that give them the flexibility to use their visual training in many related fields. Opportunities for employment may also be found in architecture, arts administration, art criticism, industrial design, theater set design, film and video production, game design, emerging markets in technology, and public relations, among others. Employment is usually secured by the presentation of a portfolio that shows evidence of appropriate skills and talent.


Recommended Course Sequence

First SemesterCredits
PHOT 101Black & White Photography I 3
ART 101Fundamentals of 2D Design 3
ART 120Digital Foundations I 3
ENG 101English Composition 3
Behavioral/Social Science Elective 3
 Semester Total15
Second Semester Credits
PHOT 131Digital Photography I 3
PHOT 102Black & White Photography II 3
ART 111Studio Drawing I: Observation 3
PHOT 209The History of Photography 3
Mathematics Elective *3
 Semester Total15
Third Semester   Credits
ART 107Fundamentals of 3-D Design 3
ART 160Time-Based Media 3
ART 201History of Art-Ancient and Medieval 3
PHOT 206Studio Lighting 3
PHOT 231Digital Photography II 3
 Semester Total15
Fourth Semester Credits
ART 202History of Art-Renaissance to Modern 3
ART 192Independent Study:Art ** 
PHOT 192Independent Study: Photography **2
PHOT 105Photojournalism  3
PHOT 202Alternative Photographic Processes 3
Biological/Physical Science Elective ***3
Physical Education Elective 1
 Semester Total15

*A four credit course in mathematics may be substituted.
**A three credit course in ART or PHOT may be substituted, and in most cases would be a better option for transfer.
***A four credit Biological/Physical Science Lab course may be substituted.

Courses in this discipline may require field trip(s).

Students who wish to pursue further study in photography may, with instructor permission, enroll in Independent Study.