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New Associate in Fine Arts degree program launched

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CLOQUET, Minn. - Fond du Lac Tribal & Community College announced the creation of an Associate in Fine Arts degree program that is currently accepting new students for the 2008 summer session and fall semester terms. The two-year degree program was approved by the Minnesota State Colleges and Universities; board of trustees, and the college has everything in place to immediately enroll students into the new degree program.

With the approval of the new degree program, FDLTCC will offer a connected sequence of fine arts courses emphasizing visual media, general education courses, and art business development on campus in Cloquet. The Associate of Fine Arts program will prepare graduates to transfer to a four-year institution to continue studying toward a bachelor's degree. Students will also build a portfolio of work to assist in applying to transfer institutions, exhibitions, professional employment or artist-supporting grants.

Fine arts instruction will be offered in traditional fine arts media, including drawing, painting, sculpture, ceramics, design, jewelry, American Indian art, digital photography and art history. Special topics courses will be scheduled periodically.

The new degree program at FDLTCC creates a direct path for students to study fine arts and prepare for a career in the field.

''We think this is an exciting development in our overall plan of curriculum offered to students and addresses student interest and demand in having a fine arts degree program at Fond du Lac,'' said Sterling Rathsack, art department faculty member at FDLTCC. ''The program should be attractive to traditional students coming directly from high school, as well as non-traditional students who are already actively producing artwork. Our students will increase their knowledge and proficiency through concentrated group study and immersion programs. We believe we have a great deal to offer to working artists and students considering a career in visual arts.''

The approved program will require 64 total credits for completion, and can be completed in two years if a student attends full time. Students attending part time will see the flexibility in course scheduling, as courses are typically offered during both daytime and evening hours.

FDLTCC also offers Associate of Arts, Associate of Science and Associate of Applied Science degree programs, as well as numerous short-term certificate programs.

For more information about the new program at FDLTCC, contact the admissions office at (218) 879-0808.