Art - Digital Art and Photography

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Art - Digital Art and Photography

About the Digital Art and Photography Pathway 

This pathway is designed for students that wish to obtain an Associate of Fine Arts (AFA) degree with a specialization in Digital Art and Digital Photography. This sample schedule assumes a fall start. If you wish to take alternate courses not listed below please meet with a North advisor.

The North Seattle College Digital Art lab boasts 24 Mac Computers, 22 Wacom tablets, one laser printer, two Inkjet printers, one large format printer, and a subscription to Adobe Creative Cloud Suite. Digital Art classes are foundational to the AFA degree at North Seattle College. SLR cameras are available for checkout. Students have access to the Student Media Center for guidance on projects and use of A/V equipment.

Students in this pathway will leave with fluency in Adobe software such as Photoshop, Illustrator, InDesign, Premier, and After Effects. Students will gain skills in photo editing, compositional strategies, and formal design elements. Students will also demonstrate collaborative attitude, skills, and knowledge in Digital Art and Digital Photography, and will learn how to effectively critique and document work through a contemporary lens. Studio health and safety awareness is paramount to the Art program at North.

North Seattle College's Art Program provides a solid foundation in visual art that emphasizes craft, concept, and critical analysis. North's art faculty are all accomplished, exhibiting studio artists with a passion for teaching and connecting the classroom to the local and national arts scenes. Students can choose from a variety of affordable classes including ceramics, drawing, painting, digital art, digital photography, 2-D and 3-D design, printmaking, book arts, mural art, jewelry, metal design, sculpture, and art history as well as art business. In addition to our course offerings, North offers a robust visual culture that includes a contemporary art gallery, a student exhibition space, visiting artist lecture series, and a student-led art group. 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. Every AFA graduate leaves with a curated portfolio of their work and is prepared for transfer as well as other professional opportunities in a creative economy. North emphasizes health and safety best practices in the studio.

Associate Transfer Degrees

Associate Transfer Degrees: Two-year transfer degrees let you take your freshman and sophomore classes at Seattle Colleges for a fraction of the cost, and then transfer to a four-year university with the skills and confidence to succeed. Be sure to work with a transfer advisor at Seattle Colleges and the four-year institution you plan to attend.

Depending on your program pathway, you can earn either an Associate of Fine Arts, Associate of Arts (AA-DTA), Associate in Business (AB-DTA), or Associate of Science (AS), general, Track 1 or Track 2.

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Program Pathway Map 

Program Pathways are a series of courses and experiences carefully selected to help you earn your credential and prepare for your career or university transfer.  Program Pathway Maps guide you through quarter-by-quarter coursework, indicate when you’ll need to complete important steps, and describe popular careers in this pathway.  Some course sequences or recommended courses can be customized or adjusted by speaking with an advisor.  

Career Opportunities

  • Photographers
  • Creative Directors/Photo Editors/Photojournalists
  • Illustrators
  • Graphic/Web/Industrial Designers
  • Practicing Studio Artists/Public Artists
  • Small Business Owners/Entrepreneurs
  • Set & Exhibition Designers 8. Museum & Gallery Curators
  • Educators
  • Art Therapists 
  • Artist Assistants
  • Art Handlers
  •  Architects
  • Gallery/Museum Assistants
  • Arts Administrators

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/.

Future Education Opportunities

Once you complete the AFA degree, additional education opportunities in the visual arts include:

  • Bachelor of Arts degree in Studio Art or Art History or a related field at a four-year college or university.
  • Bachelor of Fine Arts degree or Master of Fine Arts in Visual Art.

Our graduates have successfully gone on to get degrees of higher learning at many institutions, including University of Washington, California College of the Arts, Pacific Northwest College of Art, School of the Art Institute Chicago, Rhode Island School of Design, San Diego State University, DigiPen, Western Washington University, University of the Arts, and Tyler School of Art, and have received scholarships and opportunities at many other programs such as Penland School of Craft and Pratt Fine Art Center.

Program and admissions requirements vary from college to college. Contact an admissions representative to find out about specific admissions requirements including submitting a portfolio and major pre-requisites for the institution of your choice.

Length of Program

90 credits = 6 quarters if you take 15 credits* each term except summer.
*Students who take 15 credits each quarter earn their degree faster, qualify for more financial aid, and earn more money over their lifetime because they complete their schooling faster.

With early planning, it is possible to earn your Associate of Arts (AA) alongside your AFA by taking six additional classes (at minimum). Meet with the Arts, Design & Graphics area of study advisor in your first quarter to plan this dual degree pathway.

Which Quarter Can I Begin?

Fall, Winter, Spring, or Summer.

Class Times/Delivery Modes?

North offers courses on-campus in the day, evenings, online, or hybrid (part on-campus, part online), and occasional Saturdays. Check the class schedule for the latest offerings.

Approximate Costs Each Quarter

Full-Time
Tuition………………………………………………………….........………….............…………....$1555 (WA State residents)
Tuition………………………………………………………….........………….............…………....$3297.95 (International students)
Books, supplies, and miscellaneous fees……………………………....................$475

Part-Time
Tuition………………………………………………………….........………….............…………....$1282.60 (WA State residents)
Books, supplies, and miscellaneous fees……………………………....................$475

*Tuition based on WA resident rates. Rates for international students and non-residents may vary.

All students in need should apply for financial aid – do not assume you are not eligible! Visit https://northseattle.edu/financial-aid to learn more about the application steps and types of financial aid available, including grants and scholarships you don’t have to pay back. You do not need to be a full-time student to receive financial aid funds.