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Degrees and Certificates

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Tuition and Fees

Additional Costs

Supplies and Equipment$150

Program Description

The Associate in Fine Arts (AFA) in Music offers a foundation for students pursuing a four year degree in Music, either a Bachelor of Arts (BA) or Bachelor of Music (BM). To complete the AFA, students complete 60 credits of Music and 40 credits of General Education Requirements. Courses satisfying General Education Requirements must include ENGL& 101 (5 credits); MATH& 107 (5 credits); Social Science (5 credits), Non Lab Science (5 credits); and Lab Science (5 credits). The additional 15 General Education Requirements credits will be determined based on your transfer destination and in consultation with an academic adviser in Music.

With the AFA, students transfer with a minimum of 90 credits to colleges and universities SFCC maintains articulation agreements with. University Music Departments may require an audition for admission to Music programs. Through ensemble experience and private applied instruction, the AFA provides students the opportunity to audition successfully. Students must maintain a cumulative GPA of 2.0 or better.

Program Learning Outcomes

  1. Graduates meet audition standards for transfer to a four-year school of music.
  2. Graduates pass any necessary proficiency exams in music theory for transfer to a four-year school of music.
  3. Graduates transfer to a four-year school of music (public or private university).
  4. Students master a standard body of literature relevant to pursuit of a BA or BM degree in music.
  5. Students are connected with music community in the area.
  6. Students participate in recorded performances and recitals demonstrating musicality.

Career Opportunities

Careers available to musicians holding bachelor's or master's degrees are varied and rewarding. Some specific career opportunities include: teaching (elementary, secondary, post-secondary and studio); music therapy (helping individuals with disabilities to improve their physical and mental health through the study and practice of music); performance; composition of music (very limited opportunities and a very competitive field); music librarian; architectural acoustic consultant; musicologist; arts administrator; music reporting (music reviews for newspapers or magazines).