Gain a solid foundation in artistic development by exploring painting, drawing, printmaking, graphic design, illustration, photography, ceramics, sculptures and industrial design. Foundation courses focus on compositional design elements such as color, symbols and light as well as knowledge of media-specific materials and techniques. Portfolio presentation is emphasized, allowing students to be successful, whether they transfer for further academic study or continue to develop as an artist independently.
Completion Award
Associate in Fine Arts
Length of Study
105 Credits
Starting Quarter
Fall, Winter, Spring, Summer
On Campus

  1. Develop and use perceptual skills and knowledge of visual structure in creating visual form.
  2. Develop and use skills in creative and technical processes to explore 2D and 3D visual media and to develop individual artistic direction, interests and point of view.
  3. Use the language and vocabulary of art and design to participate in critical analysis and dialogue concerning visual form.
  4. Develop and present a portfolio of artwork and design communicating foundation skills and individual artistic directions.
In addition to the outcomes above, students will gain the skills and knowledge included in Shoreline Student Learning Outcomes (SSLOs): Communication, Critical Thinking, Equity & Social Justice, Information Literacy, and Quantitative & Symbolic Reasoning.

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Art students, having focused on creative problem solving and visual thinking, are well-prepared to pursue occupations both within visual arts and in other disciplines. Art-specific opportunities include: exhibiting artist, curatorial work, art educator, designer, industrial design, fashion design, jewelry design, sketch artists, illustrators, photographer, potter and many others.

Estimated Tuition & Fees

(does not include additional program or course fees, books, or supply costs)

Per Quarter
WA-Resident Non-WA resident,
US citizen, &
Eligible non-citizen

On Campus
Non-WA resident
Non-US citizen¹
Non-WA resident, US citizen
Online Only
1 credit $145.17  $245.71  $339.54 $162.51
5 credits $673.85  $1,176.57  $1,645.70  $760.55
12 credits (full-time) $1,462.52  $2,476.40 $3,422.10  $1,637.76
15 credits $1,641.05 $2,667.59  $3,624.45 $1,819.05

¹ Includes all International Students, both on campus and overseas online

Additional Program Fees
Approximately $50 - $150 per quarter, depending on courses selected

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