2D Fine Arts

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2D Fine Arts

Associate of Arts - Direct Transfer Agreement (LASDTAA)

This two-year pathway is designed to give students a solid foundation in 2D visual art with a focus on craft, concept, and critical analysis in one or more of several areas of study including drawing, painting, digital art, photography and more. Students use this pathway to complete an Associate of ...

This two-year pathway is designed to give students a solid foundation in 2D visual art with a focus on craft, concept, and critical analysis in one or more of several areas of study including drawing, painting, digital art, photography and more. Students use this pathway to complete an Associate of Arts - Direct Transfer Agreement degree with a concentration in 2D fine Arts. While in the program, students have many opportunities to gain professional experience as working artists including showcasing and selling art, installing, exhibiting, and documenting work, and submitting to literary and arts publications. 

This AA-DTA program prepares students to complete their education at a four-year college or university with a Bachelor of Art (BA) with Studio Art or Art History concentration, a Bachelor of Fine Art (BFA) or Master of Fine Art (MFA) in Visual Art, and/or entering the creative economy with a dynamic portfolio of finished works. 

Estimated Length of Completion

Degree Quarters Units
Associate of Arts - Direct Transfer Agreement (LASDTAA) Full time : 6 90-93

Before Quarter One

Before You Start

Step 1: Apply and register at Seattle Central College anytime (the application is always free). Once you become a student, register for classes using the online class schedule and go to the academic calendar for registration dates and tuition deadlines.

Step 2: See an advisor to create a personalized educational plan by the end of your second quarter. Your plan will include prerequisites, graduation requirements, and transfer preparation if you plan to transfer to another college or university to earn a bachelor's degree.

A sample schedule and quarterly to-do list are below. The schedule and to-do list will help you explore courses and complete tasks on time. The guide assumes a fall quarter start and college placement, but you can begin in any quarter and start at any placement level.

Note about the sample schedule: Classes are offered in various formats such as online (e-learning) and may not be offered each quarter. Click the button with arrows throughout the map to expand the section and view detailed information.

Sample Schedule and Quarterly To-Do List

90-93 Units

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Quarter 1
To-Do List
18 UNITS
To-Do List

To-Do List for Quarter1

  • Schedule an appointment with your assigned advisor in Starfish to discuss your academic goals and to create a short-term educational plan
  • Visit the Learning Support and Tutoring Center for tutoring
  • Drop by the Library to get help with research; check out resources; access computers and study space; and create media projects
  • Visit M Rosetta Hunter Gallery student shows 
ENGL&101
English Composition I
5 units
ART101 or ART111
Choose a course
5 units
Individuals/Cultures/Societies
Choose a Course
5 units
HDC101
Orientation to College
3 units
Quarter 2
To-Do List
15 UNITS
To-Do List

To-Do List for Quarter2

ENGL&102
Composition II
5 units
ART102 or ART112
Choose a course
5 units
Individuals/Cultures/Societies
Choose a Course
5 units
Quarter 3
To-Do List
15 UNITS
To-Do List

To-Do List for Quarter3

  • Consider Student Leadership positions and other on-campus jobs
  • Visit potential universities and determine application deadlines
  • Meet with Transfer Center advisor to determine transfer eligibility
MATH&107 or MATH116
Choose a course
5 units
ART103 or ART113
Choose a course
5 units
Individuals/Cultures/Societies
Choose a Course
5 units
Quarter 4
To-Do List
15 UNITS
To-Do List

To-Do List for Quarter4

  • Create long-term educational plan with your assigned advisor
  • Research and contact Art and Design departments at potential universities
  • Attend transfer workshops and a transfer fair
  • Attend transfer day at prospective university
  • Compile a Google slides digital portfolio
  • Write your personal statement for university applications
ART201 or ART121
Choose a course
5 units
ART114
Intro. Digital Photography I
5 units
Natural World Lab Science
Choose a Course
5 units
Quarter 5
To-Do List
15 UNITS
To-Do List

To-Do List for Quarter5

  • Apply to universities or colleges and scholarships
  • Look for summer internships such as Research Experience for Undergraduates (REUs).
  • Plan to participate in the transfer student events at prospective universities
  • Apply for FAFSA or WASFA at transfer university
  • Ask for letters of recommendation (if needed)
ART202 or ART122
Choose a course
5 units
Visual, Literary and Perf Arts
Choose a Course
5 units
Natural World
Choose a Course
5 units
Quarter 6
To-Do List
15 UNITS
To-Do List

To-Do List for Quarter6

ART203 or ART123
Choose a course
5 units
Visual, Literary and Perf Arts
Choose a Course
5 units
Natural World
Choose a Course
5 units

More Information

A 2D Fine Arts pathway can lead to various career opportunities. Examples include: 

  • Transportation Design
  • Urban Studies
  • Printing and Publishing
  • Architecture
  • Landscape Architecture
  • Illustration (e.g. Scientific and Medical Illustration)
  • Animation
  • Video Game Design
  • Advertising
  • Interior Design
  • Tattoo Artist
  • Muralist
  • Public Artist

A Bachelor’s degree or higher may be required for some careers listed above. For current employment and wage estimates, please visit https://www.bls.gov/oes/.  To discuss additional careers options, speak with faculty once you begin classes or contact the Career Exploration Center. CareerServicesCenter@seattlecolleges.edu or 206.934.4383 

Once you complete this Associate degree, additional education opportunities include, but are not limited to:  

A Bachelor’s degree in Art with a major in Sculpture, Ceramics, Drawing & Painting, Art Therapy, Art Education, Curation, Urban Studies, and Transportation Design, or a related field at a four-year college or university.

Seattle Central College has direct transfer agreements with four-year institutions throughout Washington state, including the University of Washington, Washington State University, and Seattle University. 2D Fine Arts graduates from Central have also transferred to out-of-state institutions. Program and admissions requirements vary from college-to-college. Contact a Central advisor to create an educational plan tailored to transfer to the institution of your choice. You can use the College Navigator search engine found at http://nces.ed.gov/collegenavigator to find Art programs in Washington state or around the country. 

Learn more about the Transfer process, Transfer agreements, and Bachelor’s degrees including transferring to top universities around the state and nation, such as Historically Black Universities and Colleges.

Financial Aid and Funding Resources

It's time to apply for Financial Aid for next year by completing
either the FAFSA or the WASFA 2022-23.

Need help paying for college?

To apply for financial aid, including grants and scholarships you don’t have to pay back, visit Central's Financial Aid Department for details. Part-time and full-time students can qualify for financial aid funds.

Area of Study

Arts, Design, and Graphics

Program Contact

For more information, contact
Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences Division
206.934.4164
AHSS.Central@seattlecolleges.edu