Jul 20, 2024  
2024-2025 WNCC College Catalog 
2024-2025 WNCC College Catalog

Fine Arts, Music Performance AFA Option, AFA

Location(s): Scottsbluff

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An Associate of Fine Arts (AFA) degree prepares students for careers and/or advanced study at a four-year college or university. The degree consists of a core of general education courses with remaining courses focusing on specific fine arts curricula. Areas of focus within the AFA degrees include the following six options:

  • Interdisciplinary
  • Music
  • Music Performance
  • Musical Theatre
  • Theatre
  • Visual Arts

The degree requires 31 hours of general education courses and a minimum of 28-29 hours in a fine arts field of choice (art, music, or theatre). An interdisciplinary option is available with a core set of courses form art, theatre, and music totaling 20 hours and nine (9) elective hours.


  • Students who plan to transfer to a four-year college or university should consult their faculty and transfer advisor early in their WNCC career to determine a curriculum to best suit their transfer goals.

Program Requirements

AFA General Education Core: 31 Credits

View listing of General Education Courses.  

  • Written Communication Credits: 6
  • Oral Communication Credits: 3
  • Humanities Credits: 6 (from two different alphas)
  • Math Credits: 3
  • Lab Science Credits: 4
  • Personal Development Credits: 3
  • Social Sciences Credits: 6 (from two different alphas)

Note: Some general education requirements may be satisfied by other core courses. Please consult with an advisor for details.

Required AFA Core Courses or Electives: 29 Credits

(by Discipline)

Total AFA Credits: 60 Credits

Music Performance AFA Option

Associate of Fine Arts (62 credits)

Program Outcomes

At the conclusion of the program, students will be able to:

  • Understand traditional music notation.
  • Interpret the compositional process, the aesthetic properties of style, and the ways these are shaped by artistic and cultural forces within the common-practice-period style.
  • Take aural dictation.
  • Exhibit keyboard competency.
  • Demonstrate effective work processes, professionalism, and a coherent set of ideas and goals that are embodied in their work.
  • Perform requisite technical skills for artistic self-expression in at least one major performance area at a level appropriate for the specific music concentration.

Program Requirements

In addition to the required 31 general education credits, students seeking the music performance option are required to take a minimum of an additional 31 core credits.

Required Core Courses: 31 Credits

*Alternate instrument may be substituted upon successful completion of Piano Proficiency.

**Ensemble placement is based on instrument studies in Applied Music.

Total AFA Requirements: 62 Credits

Recommended Plan of Study

Total Semester Credits: 16

2nd Semester

Total Semester Credits: 15

3rd Semester

Total Semester Credits: 15

Total Semester Credits: 17

Total AFA Credits: 62

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