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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.

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.

Be successful. Develop these skills.

  • Creativity
  • Attention to detail
  • Effective communication
  • Collaboration
  • Determination
  • Critical thinking
  • 2D and 3D design
  • Art history
  • Studio courses
  • Developing a portfolio

Get 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

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!

MiTransfer Pathway in Art

Delta works with many colleges and universities to provide special multi-institutional, associate-to-bachelor’s degree transfer pathways. Upon completing this pathway, you would earn an Associate in Art, including the major courses listed below. 

Major courses that transfer to your transfer destination: 

  • ART 151W – Art History & Appreciation I
  • ART 152W – Art History & Appreciation II
  • ART 111 – Drawing I
  • ART 115 – Two-Dimensional Design
  • ART 116 – Three-Dimensional Design

Transfer destinations:

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.

Learn more about the Art + Design transfer program

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Delta College offers over 140 degree, certificate and training options. Whatever your path, when you leave here, you’ll be ready.  


Facts & Figures

Student to professor ratio

With a student to professor ratio of 16 to 1, our students get personal attention.


80% of grads from the last five years live in the tri-counties. 97% live in Michigan.