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Art + Design

Associate in Fine Arts

Program Overview

Looking for a career where you can use your creativity? Art + Design students graduating with an associate's degree leave Delta prepared to pursue gainful employment at regional art galleries, design firms, photography studios or printing businesses. They are also primed to successfully transfer to four-year colleges and universities to obtain Bachelor of Arts or Bachelor of Fine Arts degrees in art, art history, design or graphic design. 

Delta College art department faculty members are practicing professional artists or designers, as well as professional art and design academics. They each bring their own wealth of creative and professional experiences into the classroom. The faculty members in the Art + Design program prepare students to achieve proficiency in traditional, new and emerging visual arts and technologies. They annually exhibit their work in Delta College's gallery and throughout the community.

Earning Potential

If you want to go into graphic design, most positions require a bachelor's degree, but if you're creative and analytical, it's a great career choice with 13% growth estimated within the next 10 years.

In this field, it is estimated you could earn $37,851 a year.

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Likely Careers

  • Graphic Designer
  • Art Director
  • Fine Artist
  • Creative Director
  • Art Teacher
  • Accounting professor working with students in class.
    Amazing faculty 

    At Delta, you get small classes, professors who see your potential and resources to help you succeed. Delta professors are here to teach. And, they're really good at it.

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About Delta's Program

The art history courses and art and design studio courses at Delta build a solid foundation and develop a student’s academic, conceptual, creative, critical, formal, historical, technical and theoretical skills. Delta’s art faculty have a legacy of engaging the Delta College centers and main campus, surrounding communities and regional businesses with accomplished art and design excellence.

Why you should choose Delta

Free tutoring

At the Teaching Learning Center, located in the Library, we offer tutoring on a wide variety of subjects, and help with developing study and learning skills. Most tutoring is on a walk-in basis but we do have some online tutoring options.

Best of all, it's free for currently enrolled Delta students. Just another way we demonstrate our commitment to helping students succeed.


Hands-on experience

Delta College Galleria:

  • Year-round exhibitions by contemporary artists
  • Artist lectures and informal gallery talks
  • Annual faculty exhibition
  • Annual student exhibition

Internship opportunities:

  • In-house graphic design
  • Graphic design studio
  • Studio internships
  • Gallery assisting
  • Photgraphy studio assisting

Local and national Art + Design awards and scholarships:

  • League of Innovations Annual Art Competition
  • LAND Fine Arts & Illustration Competitions
  • Gary Laatsch Art Scholarship Competition
  • Peter and Suzanne Frantz Art Award Endowment
Honors Program

The specially-designed courses emphasize creative and critical thinking, providing a unique learning experience. You have more exploration of the subject area with increased faculty and student interaction. Make the most of your Delta experience. Join Honors!


 Study abroad

Want to travel and see the world? You can do that at Delta. And get college credit while you do. Every year Delta offers study abroad opportunities.

Why study abroad?

  • Experience a new culture
  • Improve your foreign language skills
  • Make lifelong friends
  • Find new interests
  • Looks good on job applications
  • Personal growth


Transfer opportunities

One of the very best things about Delta College is your ability to start here and go anywhere. And, in the process, save thousands (and thousands) of dollars. It's a smart choice to get your associate's and then transfer on!

Delta has signed transfer agreements to continue your marketing management studies with:

  • College of Creative Studies - Fine Arts

Visit transfer agreements and guides to see the specifics for each agreement as well as the whole list of transfer opportunities. Have questions? Make an appointment with academic advising to discuss your dreams.

Facts & Figures

Student to professor ratio
With a student to professor ratio of 18 to 1, our students get personal attention.
80% of grads from the last five years live in the tri-counties. 97% live in Michigan.