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Digital Art and Photography

Associate of Fine Arts (LASFAAA)

This pathway meets the requirements for the Associate of Fine Arts (AFA) with a concentration in Digital Art and Digital Photography. Completion of this degree is designed to help you build a portfolio in Digital Art and Digital Photography as well as prepare you for further ...

This pathway meets the requirements for the Associate of Fine Arts (AFA) with a concentration in Digital Art and Digital Photography. Completion of this degree is designed to help you build a portfolio in Digital Art and Digital Photography as well as prepare you for further education in the visual arts such as a Bachelor of Arts (BA) with Studio Art or Art History emphasis, 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.

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. 

Estimated Length of Completion

Degree Quarters Units
Associate of Fine Arts (LASFAAA) Full time : 7 90

You may need more or fewer units depending on your transferred credits, individual situation, and goals.

Sample Schedule and Quarterly To-Do List

90 Units

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, but you can begin in any quarter.

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.

Apply and register at North Seattle 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.

Note about the sample schedule: Courses are offered in various formats and may not be offered each quarter. Click the button with arrows throughout the map to expand the section and view detailed information.

Before Quarter One

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Quarter 1
To-Do List
15 UNITS
To-Do List
ENGL&101
English Composition I
5 units
ART101
Design
5 units
ART114
Digital Photography I
5 units
Quarter 2
To-Do List
15 UNITS
To-Do List
  • Create an educational plan with your assigned advisor.
  • Apply for financial aid for the upcoming academic year in Winter or Spring quarter to maximize your funding options.
  • Research and develop a list of four-year colleges and universities.
  • Visit North's Transfer webpage for transfer information.
  • Let your faculty know that you are pursuing the Associate of Fine Arts.
  • Apply for Licton Springs Review by January 31 and League for Innovation in March.
  • Attend campus lectures/forums from the Arts, Humanities & Social Sciences division.
ART111
Drawing
5 units
ART115
Digital Photography II
5 units
HUM105 or SOC&101 or PSYC&100
Choose a course
5 units
Quarter 3
To-Do List
15 UNITS
To-Do List

 

ART112
Drawing
5 units
ART102
Design
5 units
GEOL&101 or ENVS&100 or HEA150
Choose a course
5 units
Quarter 4
To-Do List
10 UNITS
To-Do List
  • Document all work made in class every quarter.
  • Visit potential universities and determine application deadlines.
  • Summer quarter (quarter four) is recommended but not required. Please see financial aid about your summer funding options and your assigned advisor for summer course options.
ART124
Printmaking-Screenprint
5 units
ART258
Global Design History
5 units
Quarter 5
To-Do List
15 UNITS
To-Do List
  • Update your educational plan with your assigned advisor.
  • Contact Art departments at potential universities.
  • Attend transfer events at North and universities of interest.
  • Write your personal statement for university applications.
  • Attend National Portfolio Day in early November.

 

 

ART210
Digital and Graphic Art
5 units
ART253
Art History Survey III
5 units
ACCT110 or MATH&107
Choose a course
5 units
Quarter 6
To-Do List
15 UNITS
To-Do List
  • Apply for the AFA degree in ctcLink. Check with your assigned advisor to be sure you are meeting degree requirements.
  • Contact Art department coordinator to start your portfolio process at the beginning of the quarter.
  • Visit the Student Learning Center for help with your artist statement and resume.
  • Apply for Licton Springs Review by January 31 and League for Innovation in March.
  • Apply for financial aid for the upcoming academic year in Winter or Spring quarter to maximize your funding options.
  • Apply to universities or colleges and scholarships.
ART290
The Art Business
5 units
ART214
Digital Art - Inter.
5 units
ART281 or ART211 or ART221
Choose a course
5 units
Quarter 7
To-Do List
15 UNITS
To-Do List
  • Check in with university for transfer plan.
  • Complete portfolio requirements.
  • Fine-tune your portfolio, artist statement, and CV with your faculty portfolio advisors and resume.
  • Turn in two copies of your physical portfolio and one digital copy on a thumb drive.
  • Take ART 113 and ART 252 this quarter if you did not take ART 124 and ART 258 in the summer.
  • Order cap and gown for commencement and join alumni association.
  • Attend on-campus graduation fair and commencement ceremony.
ART215
Digital Art - Adv.I
5 units
ART113
Drawing
5 units
ART252
Art History Survey II
5 units

More Information

A Digital Art and Photography pathway can lead to various career opportunities. Examples include: 

  • Photographer 
  • Creative Director/Photo Editor/Photojournalist 
  • Illustrator 
  • Graphic/Web/Industrial Designer 
  • Practicing Studio Artist/Public Artist 
  • Small Business Owner/Entrepreneur 
  • Set & Exhibition Designer 
  • Museum & Gallery Curator 
  • Educator 
  • Art Therapist 
  • Artist Assistant 
  • Art Handler 
  • Architect 
  • Gallery/Museum Assistant 
  • Arts Administrator 

A Bachelor's degree or higher may be required for some careers listed above. For current employment and wage estimates, please visit www.bls.gov/oes.

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

  • 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.
  • Bachelor of Applied Science (BAS) degree at one of the Seattle Colleges.

Program and admissions requirements vary from college to college. Use the College Navigator search engine (http://nces.ed.gov/collegenavigator) to find bachelors programs in Washington state or around the country. Contact an advisor to create an educational plan tailored to transfer to the institution of your choice.

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, Western Washington University 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.

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?

All students in need should apply for financial aid; do not assume you are not eligible! Visit 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. There are also art-specific scholarships available to students.

Area of Study

Arts, Design, and Graphics

Program Contact

Kelda Martensen, Art Faculty Coordinator, kelda.martensen@seattlecolleges.edu, (206) 934-4535

Advising Contact

Contact the Arts, Design and Graphics Area of Study advisor.

Phone: (206) 934-3658