Apr 23, 2019  


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Associate in Fine Arts (160)

Students planning to major in Music are encouraged to complete the Associate in Fine Arts (A.F.A.) degree in Music rather than the Associate in Arts (A.A.). To transfer as a junior, select courses from those recommended below while consulting with a Music department faculty member. Some schools also require competency in a foreign language. Transfer admission is competitive. You may need to demonstrate skill level through auditions and/or placement testing at the school to which you transfer.

The Associate in Fine Arts (A.F.A.) degree is designed to complete the lower-division (freshman and sophomore) portion of a Bachelor’s of Fine Arts degree. Baccalaureate degree programs in the fine arts are highly structured and require many sequential courses in the major field at the lower division. In order to take courses similar to those of freshman and sophomore students at a university, some general education courses are postponed to the junior and senior years. Even though the A.F.A. degree does not contain the entire IAI General Education Core Curriculum, students who transfer, having earned a minimum of 30 semester credit hours of college level coursework, have the option of completing the IAI GECC requirements or the receiving institution’s lower-division general education requirements.

Click here for career information: https://www.svcc.edu/academics/programs/individual/160.html

Students who have already chosen the university to which they plan to transfer should consult that institution’s catalog or department advisor and an SVCC academic advisor in planning their program. Students contemplating careers as high school music teachers should meet with an academic advisor.

Program Contacts at Sauk Valley Community College
Academic Advising, 815/835-6354;
Kris Murray, Assistant Professor of Humanities, 815/835-6258.

Suggested Program

First Semester - Sem/Hrs: 15

  • Math 3 Semester hour(s)
  • *Applied Instruction 2 Semester hour(s)

Second Semester - Sem/Hrs: 17

  • Humanities 3 Semester hour(s)
  • *Applied Instruction 2 Semester hour(s)

Third Semester - Sem/Hrs: 17-18

  • Humanities 3 Semester hour(s)
  • **Life Science 3-4 Semester hour(s)
  • Social/Behavioral Science 3 Semester hour(s)
  • *Applied Instruction 2 Semester hour(s)

Fourth Semester - Sem/Hrs: 14-15

  • **Physical Science 3-4 Semester hour(s)
  • *Applied Instruction 2 Semester hour(s)

Total Credits: 64


*Applied instruction (MUS 131, 133, 135, 137) is a requirement for students to successfully prepare for university transfer audition requirements. Up to 8 credits of applied instruction in a major performance medium may be used toward the Associate in Fine Arts - Music degree.

**One lab science required.

***One large and one small ensemble is recommended each semester.


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