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Degrees & Majors

What You Can Study At The ACA

The wide range of arts degrees and programs available at the Alabama Center for the Arts are designed to support every part of your journey from passionate maker to professional creator.

Computer Graphics & Design

Multimedia Production



Studio Arts

Drama &
Theatre Arts

Performing Arts

The ACA offers a comprehensive performing arts curriculum including music, theatre, and more. Earn Associate of Science and Bachelor of Arts degrees.

Theatre & Theatre Technology
  • Drama
  • Performance Studies
  • Acting
  • Directing
  • Playwriting
  • Set Design
  • Lighting Design
  • Costume Design
  • and More
Music & Music Technology
  • Choral
  • Class Piano
  • Guitar Ensemble
  • Jazz Band
  • Voice
  • Music Technology
  • Recording Technology
  • Music Education
  • and More

Visual Arts

The ACA offers a wide range of visual arts disciplines including Art Education, Digital Media, and Studio Art.
Digital Media
  • Graphic Design
  • Advertising
  • Computer Graphics
  • Digital Illustration
  • Multimedia Production
  • Animation
Studio Arts
  • Ceramics
  • Drawing
  • Photography
  • Painting
  • Printmaking
  • Art Education
  • Art Certification

Degree Options

The Alabama Center for the Arts is an institution that collaborates with two top-rated schools to provide a robust curriculum for both visual and performing arts majors.
To learn more about degrees and classes available, use the links to go to the appropriate college or university site. At the ACA, associate’s degrees are granted through Calhoun Community College, and bachelor’s and master’s degrees are granted through Athens State University. The two institutions work closely together to create a seamless transition between the schools and their respective programs.
Associate of Science

This two-year degree is designed for compatibility and ease of transfer to a four-year university. The three concentrations are:

  • Art Concentration
  • Music Concentration
  • Theatre Concentration (Choose from Acting, Musical Theatre, or Technical Theatre)

Learn more about AS degrees:

Bachelor of Fine Arts

This degree is considered the professional four-year degree for careers in the Fine Arts. There are three concentrations:

Bachelor of Arts

This degree is broader in scope than the BFA and allows for more flexibility and elective courses.

Master of Fine Arts

The Master of Fine Arts in Integrative Design (MFA) program is a professional terminal degree in art and its disciplinary extensions of graphic design and digital design. The three concentrations are:

  • Media and Digital Arts
  • Painting and Drawing
  • Ceramics

Learn more about the MFA degree:

Master of Fine Arts in Integrative Design


A credential awarded to a specific skill or set of skills through 12-18 hours of instruction


Micro-credentials (Badges) are listed as an award on the student academic transcript.

  • Adobe Illustrator for Graphic Design and Digital Illustration
  • Adobe InDesign for Print and Digital Media
  • Adobe Photoshop for Visual Design and Photography