Fine Arts Studies - School of Arts, Design, and Media Arts

Associate in Arts (AA)

The creative process in visual arts - conception, creation, critique, revision, and exhibition - shapes the intellectual foundation for any individual to become an independent and critical thinker. The Fine Arts curriculum develops the capabilities of emerging artists because it is centered in liberal arts studies and combined with applied studio courses.


SFCC’s Fine Arts Program offers courses and Certificates in CeramicsDrawing and PaintingFine WoodworkingSculptureJewelry and Metal ArtsBook Arts and Printmaking or Art Foundations.  Learn to throw and hand build ceramics or sculpt micaceous pottery; discover the art of figure drawing or painting with watercolor and oil paints; or study the elements of silversmithing and jewelry design. Learn the art of fine woodworking, from woodcarving and furniture design to joinery and woodturning. Practice and explore your artistic abilities in well-equipped studios. 

Each certificate or concentration features the possibility of integrating other courses across The School of Arts and Design. SFCC instructors are acclaimed artists, dedicated to helping you launch a successful career as a fine artist. Students exhibit their work in the Visual Arts gallery on campus, and show and sell their art at the college’s Red Dot Gallery on historic Canyon Road.

The program emphasizes the development of a high quality portfolio of artwork to help students be accepted into the 4-year program of their choice. Students who complete the AA in Fine Arts may also transfer into the University of New Mexico BFA program offered on the SFCC campus. The degree is in Studio Arts and was developed to allow students to remain on the SFCC campus while they complete all requirements for the four-year degree.

Check out our Performing Arts classes in Drama, Dance and Music too!

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Career Opportunities:

There are many opportunities for artists outside of exhibitions in galleries, which are both satisfying and financially rewarding.

  • Artist
  • Graphic or fashion designer
  • Film maker
  • Art director
  • Appraiser or administrator
  • Gallery manager
  • Architectural model builder
  • Window designer
  • Photojournalist



For more information, please contact the School of Arts, Design, and Media Arts, 505-428-1731,

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