• Visual Art

    The creativity and problem-solving skills you’ll develop as a student in the visual arts are an excellent foundation for any career you choose to pursue.

Visual Art - AFA program

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Visual Art

M State's Fergus Falls campus offers a 60-credit Associate of Fine Arts degree with an emphasis in visual arts that will help you develop your skills as an artist and prepare you for continued study in the arts through a baccalaureate program. Other students use the knowledge and skills gained in the AFA degree program to launch academic and professional careers in a wide array of other fields.

At M State, our commitment to and passion for the arts are on display across the campus. Our visual arts facilities include a ceramic studio, painting and drawing studio, the Waage Fine Arts Gallery and the Charles Beck Gallery.


Here’s what you’ll learn

  • A broad knowledge of the scope and variety ofthe work of arts and art movements, along with their socio-political contexts
  • Technical skills in two- and three-dimensional mediums
  • How to document and explain the rationale behind your work
  • How to create a body of work that demonstrates artistic scope and variety
  • An understanding of natural science principles and methods of scientific inquiry


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Visual Art Associate of Fine Arts (AFA)
Locations: Fergus Falls

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Why M State

  • There are a wide variety of studio art courses,with a student-selected focus
  • There's an emphasis on developing a strong appreciation of art and art history
  • Students have the opportunity for art-focused travel
  • There are multiple opportunities to exhibit work
  • Artists learn to market and promote artistic skills and artwork
  • Low tuition rates make us an exceptional educational value
  • Small class sizes mean personalized instruction
  • Scholarships are available for fine arts students through Fergus Area College Foundation
  • Extensive campus art collection is on display throughout the campus


Meet the faculty

Lori Charest

Ceramics Instructor
Fergus Falls
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John Cox

Art Instructor
Fergus Falls
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Fine Artist, Including Painter, Sculptor, and Illustrator regional wage

Fine Artist, Including Painter, Sculptor, and Illustrator regional wage


Career opportunities

Graduates will find art-focused career opportunities in studio art, art education, graphic design, art therapy, fine art and art galleries/museum work.

Description: Create original artwork using any of a wide variety of media and techniques.

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All career data is set to your current geographical area: up to 100 miles away from Fergus Falls


Fine Artist, Including Painter, Sculptor, and Illustrator employment

2 Employed in your area

3 Estimated annual job openings

15 Approaching retirement age

The average retirement age in the U.S. is 65 years old. Fine Artists, Including Painters, Sculptors, and Illustrators in the 55-64 and the 65+ categories are 1-10 years away from retirement. When older workers retire, there will likely be a demand for new workers.

Age Group # of Workers % of Workers*
under 25 2 4%
25-34 10 19%
35-44 9 17%
45-54 16 31%
55-64 11 21%
65+ 4 8%

* Based on county-level occupational demographics


Visual Art courses

  • Foundations of Art, 2-D and 3-D
  • Drawing I and II
  • World of Art I and II
  • Art Portfolio Design and Professional Development
  • Handbuilt Ceramics
  • Ceramics I
  • Painting I and II
  • Printmaking I
  • American Art
  • Photographic Art
  • Advanced Ceramics
  • AFA-Visual Art Capstone Exhibition


Learn More

· Visit minnesota.edu/programs

· Call 877.450.3322

Last modified: April 28th, 2016 at 10:58am