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Art + Design - Associate in Fine Arts

About the program

Delta College's Art + Design program emphasizes a strong foundation in art and design education by combining theory with hands-on learning. Courses are chronologically sequenced to prepare you for later specializations in a variety of art, art history and design fields. After completing the Art and Design program requirements you will receive an Associate of Fine Arts (AFA) degree.

As a first year student, you will take nationally required foundations courses in two-dimensional and three-dimensional design, art history and drawing. During your second year, you will select from a variety of courses in art history, ceramics, sculpture, drawing, painting, graphic design and photography.

The College’s Art Gallery offers a year-round exhibition schedule featuring professional shows, formal artist lectures and informal gallery talks. You will have the opportunity to have your work highlighted during an annual Delta Art and Design Student Exhibition. Student work is featured in a national Annual League of Innovation exhibit, annual League of Innovation art and design competitions, as well as in regional shows. Returning students have an opportunity to apply for a variety of Art and Design scholarships and graduates may apply for the Peter and Suzanne Frantz Award.

Upon graduation, some students successfully pursue entry-level art and design jobs at regional art galleries, design businesses, photography studios and/or printing businesses. And 70 percent of Art and Design program AFA degree graduates transfer into four-year Bachelor of Fine Arts degree programs in any number of fields including animation, apparel design, art education, art history, art therapy, car design, furniture design, graphic design, package design, textile design and web design. Some of the colleges our students regularly transfer to include Central Michigan University, College for Creative Studies, Kendall College of Art & Design, Michigan State University, Saginaw Valley State University, the School of the Art Institute of Chicago, the University of Michigan and Wayne State University.

What are students saying?

"I've always thought of myself as a creative person, but being able to physically and mentally push myself in class has definitely helped my skills skyrocket. I've developed my own style and can now incorporate 'myself' into all of the pieces I create."
– Elise Poirier

"I chose Delta's Art and Design program because I knew I would be getting amore personalized education than I would at a bigger school. I also had confidence in the department's instructors to help me better myself as an artist and a designer."
– Misty Coss

"I feel more ready than ever. After a failed attempt at another unnamed college, Delta and their great staff have helped me figure out what I want to do in life."
– Ty Carson

Careers and job outlook

Students might go into careers designing cars, furniture, textiles or websites. Or they might become illustrators or animators. Students in the art track could become painters, sculptors, ceramicists or photographers. Students can also opt for careers in art therapy, teaching art to K-12 children or teaching art history at the community college level.

National median pay for art and design jobs:

Graphic designer $45,900
Fine artist (painter, sculptor, illustrator) $43,890
Multimedia artist $63,630

Source: Bureau of Labor Statistics

Find out more

Have questions or want more information? Contact:

Andrew Rieder
Art + Design program coordinator

Art + Design - Associate in Fine Arts

Program Code: AFA.40380

The Associate in Fine Arts Degree is awarded to Art + Design program students who successfully complete the required 62-credit minimum course of study. The program and degree are designed to prepare you for entry-level jobs and/or to successfully transfer into Bachelor of Arts (BA) or Bachelor of Fine Arts (BFA) degree programs. The chronologically sequenced courses provide a balance of art history, art studio, design studio, graphic design and MTA approved general education courses.

Delta’s AFA degree Art + Design program constructs a solid foundation for professional or further academic pursuits in: advertising, animation, art criticism and theory, art education, art history, ceramics, digital media, drawing, graphic design, fashion design, furniture design, illustration, industrial design, interactive and multimedia graphics, painting, photography, printmaking, product design, sculpture, textile design, transportation design, visual communications, web design, or a wide variety of related visual fields.

General Education Courses

CourseCreditsCourse TitleCompleted
ENG ---3Any Approved College Composition I Course ______________
ENG ---3Any Approved College Composition II Course ______________
---1Any Approved Humanities other than ART (MACRAO) ______________
LW ---1Any 1 Credit LW Course AND ______________
LWA ---1Any 1 Credit LWA Course ______________
OR ______________
LW 221W(2)Fitness and Wellness ______________
POL ---3/4Any Approved American Government Requirement AND ______________
---4/5Any Approved Social Science Requirement Other than POL ______________
--- ---8Approved Natural Science Credits with one lab course ______________

Required Courses - A - (Recommended for First Semester)

CourseCreditsCourse TitleCompleted
ART 1113Drawing I ______________
ART 1153Two-Dimensional Design ______________
ART 151W3Art History and Appreciation I ______________

Required Courses - B - (Recommended for Second Semester)

CourseCreditsCourse TitleCompleted
ART 1123Drawing II ______________
ART 1163Three-Dimensional Design ______________
ART 152W3Art History and Appreciation II ______________

Required Courses - C - (Recommended for Third and Fourth Semesters)

CourseCreditsCourse TitleCompleted
--- ---0-21Art History Courses ______________
--- ---0-21Ceramics & Sculpture Studio Courses ______________
--- ---0-21Digital Media-Graphic Design-Photography Studio Courses ______________
--- ---0-21Drawing & Painting Studio Courses ______________
--- ---0-3Specialty Art Courses ______________

Art History Course Options

CourseCreditsCourse TitleCompleted
ART 251W3Architectural History ______________
ART 255W3Contemporary Art History ______________
ART 256W3Art History Travel ______________

Ceramics-Sculpture Studio Course Options

CourseCreditsCourse TitleCompleted
ART 2223Sculpture ______________
ART 2313Ceramics I ______________
ART 2323Ceramics II ______________

Digital Media-Graphic Design-Photography Studio Course Options

CourseCreditsCourse TitleCompleted
ART 2013Introduction to Graphic Design ______________
ART 2243Photography ______________
ART 2413Graphics Studio 1 ______________
ART 2423Graphics Studio 2 ______________
ART 2433Graphics Studio 3 ______________
ART 2843Typography ______________
ART 2863Digital Animation ______________

Drawing-Painting Studio Course Options

CourseCreditsCourse TitleCompleted
ART 2103Figure Drawing ______________
ART 2173Painting I ______________
ART 2183Painting II ______________
ART 2203Mural Painting ______________

Specialty Course Options

CourseCreditsCourse TitleCompleted
ART 1133Art Education ______________
ART 2621-3Art and Design Internship ______________
ART 2893Art and Design Portfolio ______________
ART 290-299Special Projects in Art ______________

62/64Total Credits Required For Associate Degree


1 - A "C" minimum grade is required in all ART courses.
2 - Taking 2 general education courses per semester is suggested.

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