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2023-2024 College Catalog 
  
2023-2024 College Catalog

Fashion Merchandising Option, A.F.A. - Studio Arts


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The purpose of The Associate of Fine Arts Degree/Fashion Design Option at Sussex County Community College seeks to assist students in becoming professionals in the field of art and design. This program nurtures artistic freedom and creativity while developing a strong sense of artistic discipline. Students are encouraged to be inventive within the framework of a traditional approach to both two and three-dimensional art forms. Our curriculum is designed to lead a student through a series of visual challenges enabling the student to master the medium and be cognizant of traditional methods of creativity. To become tomorrow’s visionary means understanding the significance of one’s own time and place defined by the limitless possibilities of personal expression within the boundaries of a universal aesthetic language. Commitment to a balanced learning process prepares students for a four-year institution or a career in the creative arts. The primary objective is to provide an environment in which students can achieve a degree of professionalism as technically competent and creatively fluent.

Upon completion of this program, graduates will be able to:

  • Utilize the elements and principles of design and composition.
  • Analyze the aesthetic implications of fashion design.
  • Examine connections between theory and practice in the field of design.
  • Construct garments from personal designs based on current design trends, art historical concepts, social, political, or cultural influences.
  • Create a portfolio of artwork.

First Year


Fall Semester


Total Semester Hours: 15


Winter Session


Total Semesters Hours: 15


Summer Session


Second Year


Total Semester Hours: 15


Winter Session


Spring Semester


Total Semester Hours: 15


Summer Session


Technology General Education Courses


Choose from the list of approved General Education  courses in the College Catalog.

Studio Art Elective Courses (Recommended)


Recommended courses listed below but students can also choose from any ARTA, PHOT, GRAD or ARTA/PHOT designation.

Developmental Courses


Sussex has embraced a practice of directed self-choice whereby students are encouraged, through guided conversations with an advisor, to best determine their readiness for this course. Students should be aware that Developmental Studies  exist and are available to help strengthen skills and encourage success. Pursuing testing and/or developmental courses is entirely up to the student. Further, testing, though providing a valuable reference point for reflection, does not create for the student an obligation to follow Accuplacer recommendations. 

The exception to this is where students seek enrollment in higher-level math courses. Students wishing to enroll in the following math courses are required to take and adhere to placement guidance from, the Advanced Algebra and Functions test, as part of Accuplacer, through the college’s testing center, for admission into any of the following courses: MATH 110, MATH 112, and MATH 113. Please note, courses in other disciplines may also require advanced mathematics placement. Students should check with their advisor. 

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