Mott Community College will be celebrating the its latest degree offering with a public party on Tuesday, October 2nd from 4:00 – 7:00 PM in the Event Center.

Beginning with the Fall 2012 semester, students at Mott may pursue an Associate in Fine Arts (AFA), with tracks in Music and Studio Art. This degree is designed to prepare students to transfer to fine arts programs at the junior level of four-year institutions when they have completed the fundamental core curriculum at the community college level.

The college will host an AFA Launch Party and Information Fair to educate the public about the new degree. Mott advisors will be on hand to help current Mott students to declare their major, while faculty from the Studio Art and Music Programs will explain the program and answer questions for anyone interested in pursuing the majors.

Mott student Music ensembles will perform during the event, and student artwork will be on display. Representatives from many area colleges will have information tables, including University of Michigan-Flint, Oakland University, Kendall College of Art & Design, Eastern Michigan University, Saginaw Valley State University, and Western Michigan University. Arts organizations will also be on hand to promote the arts in Flint, including the Flint Institute of Art and Whiting Auditorium.

This free event will also feature giveaways, door prizes and refreshments. The public is encouraged to come learn more about the Studio Arts and Music Programs at Mott.

“We want the public to learn about the fantastic arts programs at Mott,” said Mary Cusack, Dean of Fine Arts & Social Sciences. “Mott offers students the equivalent of the first two years of fine art and music programs at a university, at a fraction of the cost. It’s an economical way to launch one’s education, without sacrificing quality. We have outstanding art and music facilities, and talented faculty who care about student success.”

Mott Community College is part of a growing number of community colleges across the nation offering the AFA for students who plan to continue their studies toward earning a Bachelor of Fine Arts (BFA) degree and ultimately a Master of Fine Arts (MFA) or Doctor of Music Arts (DMA).

"It was important for MCC to adopt the AFA degree in order to keep current with the standards and practices of other community colleges nationwide, and to provide our students with the strongest opportunity for success in fine arts careers," Cusack said. Students who gravitate toward study in the arts tend to think differently and creatively, and the AFA provides them with a clear pathway for future success in education and in their careers as artists and musicians.

For more information about the new Associate in Fine Arts Degree or the AFA Launch Party at Mott, call (810) 762-0332.