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Delaware County Community College, Serving Delaware and Chester Counties

Studio Art, Associate in Fine Arts (A.F.A.)

Student drawing

Program Overview  

The Associate in Fine Arts (AFA) in Studio Art concentrates on painting and drawing and is designed to prepare students for transfer into a four-year Bachelor of Fine Arts (BFA) program. During the first year of study, Studio Art majors complete the foundation program focusing on the fundamentals, methods/materials, drawing, painting, 2D, 3D, color theory, and art history. The second year combines advanced coursework with a final capstone course (Portfolio Preparation) in which graduating students develop a body of artwork for the Annual Graduation Exhibition to be viewed in the Art Gallery at Delaware County Community College. Program Curriculum / Course Sequence

Why Study Studio Art?  

Students interested in creating visual art through painting, drawing, or sculpture can further explore their interests at the college level. The Studio Art field offers a range of career paths such as art education, digital arts, art therapy, fashion design, arts administration, gallery or museum studies, and art history. Although most of our Studio Art graduates continue studies in painting and drawing, they are prepared to transfer into a range of visual and digital art programs offered at four-year universities. Hands-on skills such as observational drawing/painting gain a deeper knowledge in structure, form, volume, and color which can be applied to other studio disciplines and digital applications including concept art, animation, illustration, 2D and 3D modeling. After earning a Bachelor in Fine Arts at a four-year school, many of our students have continued onto graduate school earning a Master in Fine Arts (MFA).    

The studio art program also serves the needs of non-traditional students returning to higher education to earn studio credits toward a teaching certificate at a four-year institution such as Kutztown University’s Post-Baccalaureate Certification in Art Education. Email Professor Jaime Treadwell to learn more.

What Happens After DCCC?  

Studio Art majors typically transfer onto local four-year institutions including Tyler School of Art, Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Arts, Drexel University, Moore College of Art, UArts, PCAD, Kutztown University, West Chester University, and many more. By completing their first two years at Delaware County Community College students save money, cultivate skills, and craft a portfolio required for transfer into a four-year school of their choice. Students further benefit by studying with experienced and accomplished faculty in their field and attending a program in the middle of major art centers throughout the Northeast corridor. 

Sample Career Options: Artist, Gallery Assistant, Photographer, Studio Assistant, Art Therapist, Arts Administrator, Conservator, Fabricator, Museum Preparator, Museum Registrar, Art Handler, Jewelry Maker, Printmaker, Teaching Artist, Professor of Art  

Foundation Year

Foundation Year

The first year of study in the Studio Art program is arranged to provide an equal understanding of the practice and theories in art and design.

Learn more about Foundation Year »

Foundation Year Student Work » | Course Sequence »

Student Artwork

Studio Art Student Work

Click the link below to see some of the artwork students have done in the program.

Studio Art Student Work » 

Program Outcomes

The Associate in Fine Arts degree will prepare students to transfer into a four-year Bachelor of Fine Arts program. Students will be provided with all foundation-level studio courses with a primary concentration in drawing and painting.

  • Demonstrate knowledge of the general rules of visual literacy in regard to the dynamics of two and three dimensional design principles and drawing from observation.
  • Demonstrate knowledge of the general rules of visual literacy in regard to the dynamics of basic color theory including the manipulation of hue, value and chroma.
  • Demonstrate knowledge of the general rules of visual literacy in regard to the manipulation of the concept of the picture plane.
  • Demonstrate knowledge of visual literacy in regard to understanding of the forms and concepts associated with the history of art including western, non-western and modern and contemporary art.
  • Demonstrate knowledge of visual literacy in conjunction with the application of digital technology and or photographic technology.
  • Demonstrate knowledge of visual literacy in the application of subjective and non-objective subject matter in addition to utilizing traditional figurative motifs.
  • Demonstrate the ability to prepare materials for the process of painting and drawing.
  • Communicate issues of critical thinking skills through the creation of artworks and participation in the formal critique process.
  • Produce a portfolio of artworks that demonstrates all of the above principles.

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Full-Time Faculty

Jaime Treadwell photo

Professor Jaime Treadwell 
Associate Professor of Art + Design
Coordinator of Foundations & Studio Art
MFA: University of Pennsylvania
BA: State University of New York at Cortland

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Matthew Sepielli
Assistant Professor of Art
MFA, Bard College
BFA, Tyler School of Art, Temple University