Mar 19, 2018  
2017-2018 Course Catalog 
2017-2018 Course Catalog

Music, AFA

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Total Credits: 68

Major Number: 4903
CIP Code: 50.0901

Program Description

This Associate in Fine Arts program is a focused, two-year study of music that includes music theory, ear training, sight singing, music history, the study of a specific instrument or voice, and ensemble participation. This degree is intended primarily for students who plan to transfer to another college to complete a baccalaureate degree in music. It can be considered as the first two years of a four-year degree program in music.  This program has an articulation agreement with Minnesota State University-Mankato. This program contains core requirements in music and general education courses for possible transfer to other four year institutions as well.

Program Prerequisites

Prospective students are expected to have, at minimum, a basic competency level of musicianship (voice or primary instrument) and a basic music reading ability. Students must consult with the music faculty before beginning the Associate in Fine Arts in Music program.

Special Instructions

This model course sequence is designed for a fall semester start date. Students starting in a spring or summer semester should contact their academic advisor or counselor to develop a plan.

Program Requirements

Total Credits: 23

Career/Occupational Elective Requirements

Select 4 credits of MUSC Ensemble Courses

(an ensemble may be taken up to 4 times for credit)

Total Credits: 4

Select 8 credits of MUSC Private Lesson Courses

(must be in declared, primary instrument)

Total Credits: 8

Total Credits: 12

MnTC/General Education Requirements

Goal 1: Communication

Goal 2: Critical Thinking

Fulfilled when all MnTC goals for this degree are complete.

Goal 3 and/or 4: Natural Sciences/Math/Logical Reasoning

Minimum of 6 credits; two course from either Goal 3 and/or Goal 4.
NOTE: Goal 3 courses do not have to be lab courses. Goal 4 courses must be numbered between MATH 1025  and MATH 1082 , or PHIL 1041  

Total Credits: 6

Goal 5: History/Social/Behavioral Sciences

Minimum of 6 credits. Two courses from two different disciplines.

Total Credits: 6

Goal 6: Humanities/Fine Arts

Minimum of 6 credits. Two courses from two different disciplines.

Total Credits: 6

Goals 7-10: Theme Goals

Three credits in each of two Goal areas selected from Goals 7, 8, 9 or 10 are required. Many courses from Goals 1-6 also meet Goals 7-10. One course may fulfill a maximum of two Goals. Credits count only once.

Goal 7: Human Diversity

Goal 8: Global Perspectives

Goal 9: Ethical and Civic Responsibility

Goal 10: People and the Environment

Total Credits: 25

MnTC Elective Requirements

Total Credits: 5

Additional Elective Requirements

Total Credits: 3

Program Information

General Requirements for Degrees, Diplomas, and Certificates

See Century College Policy

Program Note

Piano Proficiency is required by transfer institutions for a Baccalaureate degree in Music. Class Piano for Music Majors (MUSC 1026 ) is recommended for students in MUSC 1061 /MUSC 1071 .
See additional program information on the Music webpage and develop your academic plan with your Music instructors, advisor, and/or counselor.

Transfer, Articulation Agreements, and Partnerships

See the Century College website for information regarding transfer.
This degree program is intended primarily for transfer to a four-year institution. If you are considering the possibility of transfer, you are encouraged to talk with your advisor, counselor, or program instructor before registering to discuss your goals and develop a plan. An articulation agreement exists with Minnesota State University-Mankato. Students planning to transfer to the University of Minnesota, Twin Cities, should consult the U of M “Liberal Education” transfer guide for choices for the general education requirements in this AFA degree or you may want to complete Century’s entire 40 credit Minnesota General Education Transfer Curriculum.

Program Learning Outcomes

At the end of this program students will be able to:

  • Demonstrate, through concentrated study of a primary instrument (or voice), artistry, technical ability, improvisation skills, and knowledge of repertoire representative of that instrument/voice
  • Participate effectively as part of a performance ensemble
  • Demonstrate knowledge of music theory and notation
  • Demonstrate knowledge of music history in the Western art tradition
  • Demonstrate facility in ear training and sight-singing skills
  • Demonstrate proficiency in keyboard skills

Program Contact Information

Elliot Wilcox 651.779.3214 Room 2048 West
Eric Grahm 651.779.3213 Room 2046 West
Shirley Mier 651.779.3213 Room 2046 West

Sample Plan

Please note that this is a sample course sequence. Individual schedules will vary depending upon student needs, goals, and availability. Students are recommended to meet with their advisor, counselor, or faculty program instructors to create an individualized plan that includes prerequisites and application requirements. For detailed program information see the Century College website. This information is subject to change.

Semester 1

Total Credits: 17

Semester 2

Total Credits: 17

Total Credits: 17

Semester 4

Total Credits: 17


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