Fine, Performing and Applied Arts

What Do You Want to Be?

A stage show of Powerless Gods.

From Certificates to:

  • Film and video editor
  • Photographer 
  • Technical writer
  • Special effects artist/animator 
  • Web designer 
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From A.A.S. degrees to:

  • Craft and fine artist
  • Desktop publisher
  • Digital designer
  • Graphic designer
  • Industrial designer 
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From Associate to Bachelor's and beyond:

  • Actor
  • Art director
  • Fashion designer
  • Musician 
  • Producer

How Will You Get There?

Earning credentials in Fine, Performing and Applied Arts develops skills that are sought after by many employers—communication, attention to detail and creativity. Depending on the number of classes you take each semester:

Can be completed within 2+ years

Designed to be finished at Oakton and prepare you directly for the workforce with industry-relevant coursework.

Can be completed within 2+ years

This curriculum is designed for students pursuing a Bachelor's in fine arts degree, with a greater emphasis on applied/studio courses. It does not include all General Education coursework.

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Can be completed within 2+ years

Designed to transfer into a 4-year Bachelor's program; includes all General Education coursework. View Oakton's Transfer Partnerships and Guides here.

Oakton offers pre-majors:

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Can be completed within 6 months - 1+ year

Gain a new skill or upskill to enhance your resume; complete it stand-alone or talk with Advising to plan how the certificate can be a stepping stone to a further degree.

Discover majors and in-demand careers based on your interests. The Career Coach assessment is a 6- or 60-question quiz that links your interests to programs offered here at Oakton and local career opportunities. Don’t worry about education, training or cost when answering the questions; just consider what you would like to spend time doing.

Take the Career Coach Assessment

Graphic Design

Graphic Design is for you if you are a visual storyteller, an open-minded listener, and imaginative. The A.A.S. in Graphic Design prepares you for a career; work with an advisor if you're interested in transferring to a 4-year program.

Learn more about Graphic Design

Graphic Design

A.A.S degree

Associate in Fine Arts - Art

A.F.A. Art and Design is for you if you want to transfer to a Bachelor of Fine Arts (B.F.A.) or a B.A. with a major in art. This emphasizes studio art coursework.

Learn more about Associate in Fine Arts - Art and Design

Associate in Fine Arts - Art

A.F.A. degree

Associates in Fine Arts - Music

A.F.A. Music is for students who are studying to be professional musicians. This degree includes coursework in music theory and lessons in a variety of instruments and vocals. 

Learn more about A.F.A. Music

Associates in Fine Arts - Music

A.F.A. degree


Associate in Arts with a concentration in Theater prepares students with hands-on acting, stagecraft, speech and drama experience. 

Learn more about the Theater concentration


A.A. degree, concentration


 The photography certificate is for anyone who wants to learn the fundamentals of visual communication, digital photography, color management, lighting, and more. 

Learn more about the Photography certificate



Talk with Admission to map your path

Where to Begin?

Every great professional starts out right where you are. The first step in your college journey (and where it takes you) is to fill out an application. Select this Area of Interest in your application, so we can best support you explore this path.