Associate in Fine Arts (A.F.A)

The A.F.A. programs at Delaware County Community College aim to offer the aspiring Fine Arts major the finest two-year foundation at an affordable cost. Students are encouraged and mentored in order to prepare portfolios worthy of transfer to four-year university programs and art colleges. While technical proficiency is valued and encouraged so too is the ability for the students to think critically about both conceptual and formal issues. Students are encouraged to develop their skills while immersing themselves within art making as an ongoing endeavor. Achieving a certain level of independence regarding artistic decision-making and utilizing creative and critical thinking skills is the pinnacle goal for all A.F.A. graduates.


Why choose Delaware County Community College?

Financial savings  
Community colleges offer a financial head start. Students save a considerable amount of money compared to public and private schools. Students may also be eligible to save additional money if they live in a sponsoring school district. Click here to view tuition and fees.  

In 2010‑11, about 57 percent of public four‑year college students graduated with debt. They had borrowed an average of $23,800 (in 2011 dollars). About two‑thirds of those earning bachelor’s degrees from private nonprofit institutions had debt averaging $29,900 (Source: College Board).

Develop a portfolio for transfer in Studio Arts, Graphic Design, and Photography
Every art student takes core foundation courses comparable to four-year art programs including drawing, painting, two-dimensional design, three-dimensional design, and color design. Once students complete the foundation courses they can move onto their concentration and add to their portfolio. Students are expected to digitally document work from each course for their transfer portfolio. 

Cultivate skills necessary for success at a four-year school
Whether you are college ready or not, Delaware County Community College is an option to prepare and excel at higher learning. Studies show students who earn a two-year associate degree and transfer onto a four-year program have a higher chance of graduating than students starting out at a four-year school. Delaware County Community College is an excellent place to develop your skills and evolve as an art student in preparation for transferring onto a four year program. Many students find the College a comforting place to learn. 

My experience at Delaware County Community College changed my life. An extremely community oriented college with an ideal support system has helped me find my passion and has revealed unlimited opportunities. The faculty is very encouraging on an individual level. At times I doubted myself and thought I would fail, the faculty went above and beyond with words of wisdom; if it were not for the college I would not have had the confidence to move forward”  

-Jermaine Ollivierre, 2013 graduate

Full-Time Faculty

Professor Bertha Gutman 
Professor of Art, Studio Arts Coordinator 
MFA:Painting; SUNY at Stony Brook
MFA:CUNY, Brooklyn College
BA:CUNY; Queens College

Robert Jones

Professor Robert (Bob) Jones
Professor of Art, Coordinator of Graphic Design
BFA Kutztown University
MFA Syracuse, 1984

Jaime Treadwell

Professor Jaime Treadwell 
Assistant Professor of Art, Foundations
MFA: University of Pennsylvania
BA: SUNY at Cortland

David Yox

Professor David Yox
Professor of Art, Photography and Graphic Design,
Coordinator of Photography
BFA: University of Arizona
MFA: The School of the Art institute of Chicago

Edem Norgah

Studio Assistant for Graphic Design and Studio Art
Tyler School of Art
Delaware County Community College, 2010
Office phone: 610-359-5042
Office number: 2318

Part-Time Faculty

Barbara Augusta 
BFA: Rhode Island School of Design 
MFA: University of Michigan
Mark Blumthal
MFA, School of Design, University of Pennsylvania 
MA, Studio Art, Eastern Illinois University
BA, Studio Art/Printmaking and Painting, Eastern Illinois University
AA, Studio Art, Arapahoe Community College

Lynn Denton
Undergraduate: Agnes Scott College
Graduate: University of Tennessee

Olivia Gruber Florek 
PhD, Art History, Rutgers University
MA, Art History, Rutgers University
BA, Art History, Swarthmore College

Jonathan (Randy) Gilmore

BA, Rollins College 
MFA, Washington University (Sam Fox School) 

Jeremy McGirl
BFA,  Metropolitan State College of Denver
MFA,  Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts

Kenneth (Jay) McClellan
BFA, Memphis College of Art
MFA, The Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Art

Samantha Mitchell

BA, Oberlin College
MFA, Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts 
Chryssa Moyer 
M.A. Art History George Washington University, B.A.  Art History and Museum Studies, Western Maryland College

Joe Ovelman
BFA, West Chester University
MFA, University of Pennsylvania

Lisa Learner Wagner
BFA, Temple University, Tyler School of Art 
MFA, University of Pennsylvania

Deirdre Murphy White
MFA, University of Pennsylvania
BFA, Kansas City Art Institute