Associate in Fine Arts - Visual Art

Are you a visual artist? Turn your passion for art into a career with OCTC's Visual Art Program. The Associate in Fine Arts in Visual Art is designed for students who plan to transfer to universities or institutes that offer the Bachelor in Fine Arts Degree. Start here and realize the low cost of tuition while developing an artists portfolio. Take advantage of the small class sizes, art exhibitions, an active art club, and art studios. Students refine their skill and knowledge in painting, drawing, sculpture, ceramics and more. Our students benefit from working directly with visiting artists and have exhibited their work regionally, nationally, and internationally. Through the Sister Cities and Regions Program, students have the opportunity to study abroad in the Summer Studies Program visiting some of the most celebrated museums and galleries in Europe.

With talent, skill, and credentials a career in art is a valid possibility for today's student. According to a recent survey by the Kentucky Labor Market, artists earn an average salary of $34,000 in our state.

The Associate in Fine Arts Degree in Visual Art is a part of the career path for today's artist. OCTC is one of three colleges in the state of Kentucky that offers this degree. For transfer, five universities in Kentucky offer the BFA: Western Kentucky University, University of Kentucky, University of Louisville, Northern Kentucky University, and Murray State University. Most art institutes in the United States grant the BFA as well. In the Midwest and South, some options for transfer are the Art Institute of Chicago, Memphis School of Art, Heron Institute of Art and Savannah School of Art to name a few.

Available Credentials

  • Associate in Fine Arts in Visual Art: 60 credit hours

For graduation requirements, see the academic plan for AFA - Visual Art.

Length of Program

A full-time student can earn an Associate in Fine Arts Degree in two years.

For more information

Contact Monty Helm at 270-686-4626 or