Associate of Fine Arts in Visual Studies


Program Description

Visual Arts Department

Snow College Visual Arts offers a dynamic general education curriculum designed to provide all students with a holistic understanding of the principles of art which fashion the visual world around us. Emphasis is placed on teaching the fundamentals of art, development of creative and critical thinking skills, understanding historical context, and the exploration of media. It is the goal of the department to instill non-major students with a sensibility and lifetime appreciation for the visual arts.

AFA Degree

For majors, the Associate of Fine Arts in Visual Studies is a unique interdisciplinary studio arts degree. The AFA degree provides students with fundamental competencies in artistic practice, critical thinking, and creative problem-solving. These core themes are applied to the material, process, historical context, concept, and critical theory. The program utilizes innovative practices and technologies in the visual arts and creative industry while fostering professional networks and engaging in dialog with communities on a global level. Students, in collaboration with faculty, design a curricular emphasis specific to their professional career goals. The entrepreneurial and professional practices component of this degree prepares students for success at every level. Students completing this competitive and demanding AFA program will leave with a keenly developed sensibility and skill set and are prepared to successfully transfer to a senior institution and engage with an evolving creative industry.

Visual Arts Courses

  • ART 1001 Summer Snow Master Classes
  • ART 1010 Intro to the Visual Arts FA
  • ART 1020 Basic Drawing (Non-Majors) FA
  • ART 1040 2D Studio Art (non-majors) FA
  • ART 1050 Basic Photography FA
  • ART 1100 Visual Culture
  • ART 1110 Drawing I
  • ART 1120 2D Surface(formerly 2D Design)
  • ART 1130 3D Space (formerly 3D Design)
  • ART 1140 4D Time
  • ART 1150 Photo I (formerly Art 1140)
  • ART 1200 Art Talks
  • ART 1400 Experimental Video I
  • ART 1500 Silver/Alternative Photography
  • ART 1600 Jewelry Making/Small Metals I
  • ART 1997 Cooperative Education 1st yr
  • ART 1998 Cooperative Education 1st yr
  • ART 2000 AFA Capstone: Prof Practices
  • ART 2110 Experimental Drawing
  • ART 2190 Figure Studio
  • ART 2200 Painting I
  • ART 2230 Relief Printmaking
  • ART 2240 Intaglio Printmaking
  • ART 2310 Animation I
  • ART 2320 Portrait Painting
  • ART 2400 Intro to Graphic Design
  • ART 2510 Photo: Portraits & Selfies
  • ART 2520 Photography: Landscape & Place
  • ART 2600 Sculpture I
  • ART 2630 Mixed Media:Collage/Assemblage
  • ART 2650 Ceramics I
  • ART 2670 Ecorche - The Skeleton
  • ART 2690 Figure Sculpture
  • ART 2756 Travel Seminar
  • ART 2800 Special Projects
  • ART 2900 Figure Drawing for Art Majors
  • ART 2950 Experiments in Visual Thinking
  • ARTH 2710 Art History Survey I FA
  • ARTH 2720 Art History Survey II FA

Visual Arts Careers

Snow College Visual Arts enjoys a long history of excellence in teaching as evidenced by successful articulation to senior institutions where students routinely excel and perform at the top tier of their class. Students who complete their visual arts foundation, art history core, seminars, elective studio courses, and general education at Snow College prepare themselves to articulate into competitive BFA programs. Many of our graduates who have successfully completed advanced degrees are now working in the creative industry, education, as studio artists, and contribute in many other fields within the vast visual arts discipline. Below is a brief list of professions currently held by Snow College Visual Arts Alumni:

  • Animator
  • Art Educator
  • Art Historian
  • Art Therapist
  • Ceramicist
  • Concept Artist
  • Foundry Technician
  • Freelance Photographer
  • Gallery Curator
  • Graphic Designer
  • Illustrator
  • Industrial Designer
  • Landscape Architect
  • Studio Artist
  • Tattoo Artist
  • Video Game Designer
Last updated Dec 2019

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