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Associate in Fine Arts in Music (A.F.A)

Curriculum Description

The Associate of Fine Arts will be awarded to students who complete the requirements listed below. Students planning to transfer to science/math based programs within the UNC System should also follow the guidelines in articulation agreements available through advisors and/or consult four-year college catalogs when considering course options.

Comprehensive Articulation Agreement:

The North Carolina Comprehensive Articulation Agreement (CAA) is a statewide agreement governing the transfer of credits between N.C. community colleges and N.C. public universities. Its objective is the smooth transfer of students.

Transferability of Courses:

A Comprehensive Articulation Agreement (CAA) between North Carolina Community College System and the 16 institutions of the University of North Carolina contains the following components: (See advisors in the Advising Center for additional information).

  • Students who complete the A.F.A. degree at a college within the North Carolina Community College System are assured admission to one of the 16 universities within the UNC system and will transfer as juniors.
    (Note: This agreement does not guarantee acceptance at the student’s first choice institution.)
  • Each UNC university is required to publish and maintain its degree plans so that community college students can select clear pathways toward completion of baccalaureate degrees.

*Independent Comprehensive Articulation Agreements (ICAA) allow for transfer to a limited group of private colleges.

Students who transfer to private colleges that are not included in the I.C.A.A. or to public universities outside of North Carolina will have their transcripts evaluated in accordance with the policies of the university to which they are transferring. The final decision on transferability rests with the transfer institution.

What college can I transfer to with an Associate in Fine Arts in Music Degree?


  • Any of the 16 University of North Carolina institutions

Private, including:

  • Gardner-Webb University
  • Limestone College
  • Montreat College
  • Lenoir-Rhyne University

Graduates will be able to:

  • Upon completion of a degree, a diploma, or the transfer general education core from Isothermal Community College, students should be able to:
  • Demonstrate and apply essential skills of musical performance
  • Demonstrate understanding of music theory
  • Demonstrate essential aural skills
  • Communicate effectively through writing, speaking, and listening and through the demonstration of information literacy
  • Demonstrate positive interpersonal skills through cooperative learning and group interaction
  • Think critically and make logical conclusions
  • Demonstrate technology skills
  • Demonstrate global awareness and appreciation


Contact for information

Arts and Sciences
Administration, 209

Office: 828-395-1301
Department Directory

Office hours

8 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.

Subject to change depending on availability.

Johnathan Jones
Music/Humanities Instructor