Since the adoption of a revised Independent Comprehensive Articulation Agreement between the North Carolina Community College System (NCCCS) and the North Carolina Independent Colleges and Universities (NCICU) in 2015, the two organizations have worked collaboratively to strengthen the transfer relationship and to provide greater opportunity for students. Accordingly, community college and NCICU theatre arts faculty, department chairs, and administrators have been focused on forging productive, collaborative relationships founded on the common goal of best serving students pursuing theatre arts in North Carolina’s institutions of higher education.
The Associate in Fine Arts in Theatre to Bachelor of Arts Articulation Agreement is an agreement jointly created by the NCCCS Associate in Fine Arts (AFA) in Theatre programs and the signatory NCICU Bachelor of Arts programs. The AFA in Theatre to Bachelor of Arts Articulation Agreement is focused on facilitating transfer for students who begin theatre studies at a community college and then transfer to one of the signatory NCICU Bachelor of Arts programs focused on theatre. There are multiple Bachelor of Arts‐granting institutions within the NCICU whose focus is on theatre. While the individual names of these Bachelor of Arts degrees may vary slightly between NCICU programs, for the sake of consistency and clarity we will refer to all four‐year theatre degrees as “Bachelor of Arts” within this document. The specific title of each degree will be listed in Appendix A, under Participating Programs.
This document presents a uniform, statewide academic progression agreement that will promote educational advancement opportunities for Associate in Fine Arts in Theatre graduates moving between North Carolina community colleges and the signatory institutions of the North Carolina Independent Colleges and Universities in order to complete Bachelor of Arts degrees. It describes a progression degree plan that includes required general education and prerequisite courses that are acceptable to all signatory Bachelor of Arts programs. AFA in Theatre graduates will meet entrance requirements at all of the signatory North Carolina Independent Colleges and Universities and will meet entrance requirements for application directly to the Bachelor of Arts programs in theatre. AFA in Theatre graduates must meet the admission requirements and associated timelines as published by each Bachelor of Arts program. Acceptance into any Bachelor of Arts program is not guaranteed.
The goal of this agreement is the creation of a more seamless and rational transfer process for community college Associate in Fine Arts in Theatre students.
The AFA in Theatre to Bachelor of Arts Articulation Agreement is made between the State Board of the North Carolina Community College System and signatory NCICU institutions. It applies to all North Carolina community colleges that offer the Associate in Fine Arts in Theatre program and to those signatory NCICU institutions that operate Bachelor of Arts [in Theatre] Programs. For the list of participating programs, see Appendix A. The AFA in Theatre to Bachelor of Arts Articulation Agreement applies to all community college students who successfully complete the AFA in Theatre Degree.
Authority to interpret and make changes in the AFA in Theatre to Bachelor of Arts rests with the AFA to Bachelor of Arts Independent Transfer Committee (AFABAITC). The AFABAITC is an ad‐hoc eight‐member co‐chaired committee appointed by the Chief Academic Officer (CAO) of the North Carolina Community College System and the President of North Carolina Independent Colleges and Universities. Questions concerning the AFA in Theatre to Bachelor of Arts should be directed to the appropriate system’s Chief Academic Officer with an explanation of the institutional policy that may (appear to) conflict with the AFA in Theatre to Bachelor of Arts. The CAO will forward unresolved questions to the AFABAITC for resolution. Each entity will appoint one ex‐officio non‐voting member of the AFABAITC.
AFA in Theatre to Bachelor of Arts students who perceive that the terms of the AFA in Theatre to Bachelor of Arts have not been honored may follow the AFA in Theatre to Bachelor of Arts Transfer Credit Appeal Process as outlined below.
The AFA in Visual Arts to Bachelor of Fine Arts Articulation Agreement establishes the procedures governing the transfer of credits for students who graduate from North Carolina Community College AFA in Visual Arts programs and apply to Bachelor of Fine Arts programs at signatory NCICU institutions. The AFA in Visual Arts to Bachelor of Fine Arts Articulation Agreement does not address admission to a specific institution or Bachelor of Fine Arts program within an institution, nor does it imply a specific time toward degree completion.
The AFA in Theatre to Bachelor of Arts takes precedence over bilateral articulation agreements established between signatory NCICU institutions and the North Carolina Community College System but does not necessarily preclude such agreements.
Institution‐to‐institution articulation agreements that fall within the parameters of the AFA in Theatre to Bachelor of Arts and enhance transferability of students from community colleges to senior institutions are acceptable. Institutional agreements conflicting with the AFA in Theatre to Bachelor of Arts are not permitted.
Guiding Principle: If a student from a North Carolina Community College System (NCCCS) college believes the terms of the AFA in Theatre to Bachelor of Arts Articulation Agreement have not been honored by a signatory NCICU institution to which the student has been admitted, the student may invoke the AFA in Theatre to Bachelor of Arts Articulation Agreement Transfer Credit Appeal Procedure.
The Associate in Fine Arts in Theater degree shall be granted for a planned program of study consisting of a minimum of 60 semester hours of college transfer courses. Within the degree program, the institution shall include opportunities for the achievement of competence in reading, writing, oral communication, fundamental mathematical skills, and basic computer use.
(All Universal General Education Transfer Component courses will transfer for equivalency credit.)
An additional 18-20 SHC of courses should be selected from the courses classified as pre‐major, elective, general education, or UGETC within the Comprehensive Articulation Agreement. Students should select these courses based on their intended major and transfer university.
*One semester hour of credit may be included in a 61 SHC associate in arts program of study. The transfer of this hour is not guaranteed.