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What does it cost?

Check out our cost calculator or visit student financial services for information on estimated costs.

63.4% of Perimeter College students receive financial assistance.

How long will it take?

The typical pathway requires 60 semester hours — 42 hours in core curriculum and 18 hours in pathway courses.

Where can I take classes?
Clarkston, Dunwoody

Am I required to take classes at a specific location?
Clarkston, Dunwoody

Application Deadlines View Admissions Requirements

Fall Semester (starts in August) — Due by August 1
Spring Semester (starts in January) — Due by December 1
Summer Semester (starts in late May) — Due by May 1

Art Pathway, A.A. or A.S.

What Is Art?

Humans use creative skill and imagination to produce works that express and evoke emotion and generate aesthetic beauty.

Why Study Art?

The Art guided pathway at Perimeter College is the largest and most comprehensive of any associate degree program in Georgia, offering courses in art history, drawing, photography, computer design, painting, ceramics, sculpture and portfolio that enable students to explore passions and career interests beyond basic levels. Creative visual thinking is brought to life by a faculty of professional artists who expand skills and talents.

The Art guided pathway prepares students for transfer to four-year programs or for careers as professional artists. Faculty members train students for creative work and scholarship through rigorous course offerings and exceptional facilities. An emphasis on portfolio preparation in all classes makes Perimeter College graduates highly successful in transferring to bachelor's degree programs.

Perimeter College’s galleries and visiting artists bring the students and public in contact with art from around the world, while exchange and study abroad programs offer students the opportunity to study in cultures with varied approaches to the visual arts.

Students should consult with advisers to confirm availability of online courses and requirements or additional costs that may be associated with courses. Students should check with advisers about which campuses offer the courses they need. Typically, core courses required for pathways can be taken at most locations and online, while pathway-specific courses may require attendance at a particular location.
Pathway Details

The Art pathway requires 42 hours of Core Curriculum and 18 hours of courses appropriate to the pathway. For up-to-date curriculum requirements, please visit the catalog.

As part of Georgia State University, Perimeter College is accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools: Commission on Colleges (SACS-COC) to award associate degrees. Successful completion of a pathway at Perimeter College leads to an Associate of Arts or an Associate of Science degree. Contact the Commission on Colleges at 1866 Southern Lane, Decatur, GA 30033-4097 or call 404-679-4500 for questions about the accreditation of Georgia State University.



Students who earn degrees in Art may choose from a variety of career options, including:

  • Advertising
  • Education
  • Film
  • Fine Artist
  • Media/Radio/Television/Broadcasting
  • Public Relations
  • Theater
  • Writing

For potential career and wage information, visit the Bureau of Labor Statistics website.


For help with applying or admissions, please review our website, visit a campus office, or contact us at 404-413-2500.



Sally Robertson
Department Chair of Fine Arts
Clarkston Campus
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Dr. Brian Bonin
Assistant Chair of Fine Arts
Clarkston Campus
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Jennifer Jenkins
Fine Arts Production Manager
Clarkston Campus
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Joni Morrill
Administrative Secretary
Clarkston Campus
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The information shared provides an overview of Georgia State’s offerings. For details on admissions requirements, tuition, courses and more, refer to the university catalogs.