Students who want a degree in Art can begin here with transferable coursework in the Associate in Fine Arts degree program. Develop confidence that enables you to move from competence to excellence in whatever fine art profession you choose.

The Associate in Fine Arts (A.F.A.) is a  degree intended for students transferring to a four-year program or those with a strong interest in visual art.  The degree consists of a high concentration of art coursework with liberal arts general education courses. Careful planning in consultation with counselors and art instructors concerning course sequence, program admission, and transfer institution requirements is essential.

Supportive Certificates to an Associate in Fine Arts A.F.A

Students pursuing an A.F.A. are encouraged to explore our Digital Art and Design Certificate.  Build a well-rounded portfolio that will assist with your transfer to a four-year institution.

Graduates of the Fine Arts program have the creative and technical skills to find an array of careers in advertising, graphic design, photography, and multimedia communications. Popular career titles may include:

  • Architect
  • Art critic or writer
  • Art teacher/educator
  • Art therapist
  • Arts administrator
  • Exhibition designer
  • Fashion designer
  • Film editor/producer
  • Fine/production artist
  • Freelance artist/designer
  • Gallery director
  • Graphic artist/designer
  • Illustrator
  • Interior designer
  • Museum curator
  • Photographer
  • Product designer
  • T-Shirt production
  • Videographer

Additionally, students who graduate may consider pursuing a bachelor's degree and transfer to a four-year institution.

Art Transfer Agreements
You can transfer credits from Moraine Valley's Art program to most four-year colleges or universities across the country. 

The college is proud to partner with four-year colleges and universities to ensure a seamless transfer experience for its students who desire to earn a bachelor’s degree. We currently have 2+ 2 agreements with Lincoln College and Western Illinois University in addition to our always growing articulation agreements. 

View our Transfer Programs page for more transfer guides and articulation agreements. 


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Art and Design Studios

Ceramics Studio

The ceramics studio features pottery wheels, a glazing room, gas and electric kilns, and an outdoor ceramics area. The studio’s numerous windows provide ideal natural light.

Painting Studio

The painting studio accommodates students working in a variety of media. Natural light flows through the studio’s all-glass western wall, overlooking the center’s courtyard.

3-D Design Studio

The three-dimensional design studio houses a range of sculpture tools and construction equipment, allowing you to create three-dimensional work in a variety of media.

2-D Design Studio

A photo of our 2d Design studio. Photo shows tables in the center of the room with students sitting around them. A large, black cutting table sits to the right.The two-dimensional design studio accommodates a variety of art classes and features an expansive art display wall and 12 Macintosh computers.

Photo Studio

A student looks through negatives on a light panel during a photography class at Moraine Valley Community College.The digital and darkroom processing studios are for creative photography and are available for students to develop, print, and duplicate photographs.

Digital Art Studio

The digital studio is state-of-the-art and features Macintosh computers and industry-standard software.

A photo of Building F, Room 126. Our Digital Art Studio. Photo shows a row of computers with students sitting at a few desks.

Printmaking Studio

Our green printmaking studio is fully equipped with everything students need for litho, etching, engraving, and screenprinting.

Drawing Studios

The drawing and life drawing studios are open spaces, filled with natural light. The desks have large working areas, with adjustable drawing boards.

Student Work

Fine Arts Degree Options

Earning your Associate in Fine Arts A.F.A. Degree at Moraine Valley can make it more likely that you will transfer to a four-year school with junior status. Learn more about how you can complete the first two years of your college education at Moraine Valley before transferring to a four-year school to earn a bachelor's degree.

Program Details

Program NameType of CredentialCurriculum CodeDepartment or Division
ArtA.F.A.1425Fine Arts and Humanities


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