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Frequently Asked Questions for ART courses

Q:  What are prerequisites for studio classes?

A:  Students wanting an AFA degree are required to complete Two-dimensional Design before taking any upper level studio classes (excluding: Drawing I, Art History Survey I, Art History Survey II, Three-dimensional Design, Basic Painting, Art Methods and Materials, and Survey of American art).

Q:  What is the difference between an AA and AFA?

A.  The AA requires more hours in Humanities, Social Sciences, Natural Sciences, and Mathematics. The AFA requires a student to take a specified art classes for a degree in the specialized arts area (graphic design, painting, ceramics, sculpture, illustration, photography, etc.).

Q:  Will AFA degrees transfer to other institutions?

A:  The AFA is considered a transfer degree. The AFA is equal to the freshman/sophomore year at a four year university. It is important and very helpful for students to know what university they plan to attend for completion of their junior/senior years. This assists advisors in developing the right courses to be included in the program of study.

Q:  When should I select an area of concentration in the art degree?

A:  The student will be completing their foundation courses here. Therefore the student may not be ready to select a concentration in their freshman year; this is not unusual. The classes completed will transfer as a core and/or art elective to their chosen University/College. The Comprehensive Articulation Agreement enables Gaston College graduates who are admitted to UNC institutions to transfer with junior status.