Associate (Transfer) Degrees

Associate (Transfer) Degrees

If you're interested in earning an associate degree while completing core coursework toward a bachelor’s degree at a four-year institution, then make our transfer degree program part of your academic plan. As a Central Piedmont student, you'll benefit from our Comprehensive Articulation Agreement with North Carolina's public, four-year institutions, which ensures all of the academic credits you earn will be accepted to make the transfer process seamless.

What You Will Learn

Learn the core subjects you need to meet the general education requirements of a bachelor's degree at a four-year public or private institution by enrolling in one of our three transfer degree programs:

  • Associate in Arts (A.A.): Choose this degree program if you want to pursue a bachelor’s degree in the humanities, social sciences, or business, or complete training at a professional school that requires a strong liberal arts background. We also offer a compressed (accelerated) Associate in Arts as well as an Associate in Arts in dance.
  • Associate in Science (A.S.): If you want to pursue a bachelor’s degree in biology, chemistry, physics, medicine, or engineering, or receive training in a professional program that requires strong mathematics and science knowledge, then the Associate in Science transfer degree is the right fit for you.
  • Associate in Fine Arts (A.F.A.): This degree program will prepare you to transfer to a four-year college or university and major in art, theatre, or music. However, please note that this degree is not included in the Comprehensive Articulation Agreement. As a result, transferring credits to a four-year institution is awarded on a course-by-course basis. You will need to present an art portfolio or audition for admission into a four-year university's dance or music program.

Many of our Associate in Applied Science (A.A.S.) programs also have 2+2 transfer agreements with four-year institutions that will facilitate your entering into a related bachelor's degree at that institution.

If you are interested in attending a private four-year institution in the state of North Carolina, please visit the North Carolina Community College's information page for the Independent Comprehensive Articulation Agreement. If you are interested in transferring to an out-of-state institution or a private institution not under an articulation agreement, be sure to familiarize yourself with the transfer admissions requirements for the institution. The Central Piedmont Transfer Resource Center is available to help you in this process.

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Why Choose Central Piedmont

Due to our Comprehensive Articulation Agreement with the 17 public universities in North Carolina, you can transfer up to 60 credits to a UNC institution — meaning you can enter a four-year, public college as a junior. Many students choose this path in order to not incur a lot of student debt. That's because at Central Piedmont, you can save more than $38,000 in tuition over two years, compared to many four-year schools.

Real World Education

At Central Piedmont, your education goes beyond what you learn in class. We offer numerous opportunities for you to enhance your learning — and to make friends, network, and pursue your passions — through clubs and organizations, sports, events and activities, leadership opportunities, job experience, volunteer experiences, visual and performing arts, and even international experiences.

Transfer Degree Options

  • Associate in Arts

    Degree Code A10100

    The goal of the Associate in Arts (A.A.) degree is to help you meet both general education course requirements and major course specific course requirements for the four-year institution to which you plan to transfer. The degree requirements are focused on four-year majors in the liberal arts, humanities, and social sciences. The degree will transfer as a block to North Carolina public universities and other private institutions with articulation agreements.

    Associate in Arts Requirements

    For detailed information on Associate in Arts course requirements, visit the college catalog.

    Program and graduation requirements are based upon the catalog (academic) year in which you entered the program. If you entered prior to the current term, please refer to the appropriate term catalog. You can check your catalog year by logging into MyCollege and looking up your program evaluation.

    Admitted Students: Find Your Associate in Arts Faculty Advisor

    Review the information on finding your advisor on the academic advising page.

    • Associate in Arts - Compressed (Accelerated) Degree

      Central Piedmont also offers a compressed version of the two-year Associate in Arts degree program. This compressed degree program gives you the opportunity to complete your two-year degree in just 12 months. In the compressed Associate in Arts degree, you take 16 high-demand transfer courses online in four-week sessions every fall and spring.

      The compressed degree includes a variety of general education subjects, such as political science, English, history, sociology, music, and psychology, as well as an academic-related (ACA) course. The two-semester format gives you the opportunity to earn as many as 51 of the 60 college credits needed to complete a two-year degree at Central Piedmont. In addition to being flexible, the compressed Associate in Arts degree program also allows you to enroll in two four-week sessions so that you can meet the 12-hour requirement needed to qualify for financial aid.

      Central Piedmont added the compressed Associate in Arts program after data from Asheville-Buncombe Technical Community College, in western North Carolina, indicated that community college students tend to be more successful (receive A–C grades) when they take courses in a compressed, four-week format as opposed to a traditional, 8-week, or 16-week course.

      Compressed Associate in Arts Degree Requirements

      • must be registered in the Associate of Arts program
      • 3.0 cumulative GPA
      • have no F’s or W’s in the semester preceding the request
      • must have completed the online orientation course

      The following 16 courses make up the compressed Associate in Arts degree program:

      • ACA 122
      • ART 111
      • COM 231
      • ECO 251
      • ECO 252
      • ENG 111
      • ENG 112
      • ENG 231
      • GEL 111
      • HIS 111
      • HIS 112
      • MAT 143
      • MUS 110
      • PHI 240
      • POL 120
      • PSY 150
      • SOC 210

      You may make up the remaining 9 credit hours either during the summer term or by enrolling in a course offered in a different format (session length or face- to-face options) during the concurrent fall and spring semesters.

      When enrolled in a 4-week online course, you will be required login to the course and submit the required attendance assignment by 11:59 p.m. of the first day of the course. This attendance assignment (Enrollment Verification Activity) is mandated by the college under Policy 5.11. If you do not submit the enrollment verification activity in a timely manner, you will be automatically withdrawn from the course and will have to register for that course for the following semester.

      To learn more about the compressed Associate in Arts degree program, contact Dr. Suzanne Marcoux at suzanne.marcoux@cpcc.edu or 704.330.4278, or call the Levine Campus Dean’s Office at 704.330.4201.

    • Associate in Arts - Dance

      Degree Code A10100D

      Central Piedmont also offers an Associate in Arts - dance (A10100D). Dance at Central Piedmont is set up as a conservatory, where your technique is honed and emphasized. Choose from classical ballet courses, modern dance courses, jazz courses, or do it all. With the dance curriculum at Central Piedmont, you can get a quality dance education in the most beautiful studios in Charlotte for 1/3 the price. Our dance faculty are knowledgeable and experienced: the department chair, Clay Daniel, has performed with three professional dance companies and has been published in the “Dance Research” journal. Central Piedmont has articulation agreements in dance with both UNC Charlotte and UNC Greensboro.

      For detailed information on Associate in Arts course requirements, visit the college catalog. Program and graduation requirements are based upon the catalog (academic) year in which you entered the program. If you entered prior to the current term, please refer to the appropriate term catalog. You can check your catalog year by logging intoMyCollege and looking up your program evaluation.

      Associate in Arts - Dance Faculty Advisor

      Students at Central Piedmont have a faculty advisor for each program of study offered. The faculty advisor for dance students isClay Daniel.

    • Associate in Science

      The goal of the Associate in Science (A.A.) degree is to help you meet both general education course requirements and major course specific course requirements for the four-year institution to which you plan to transfer. The degree requirements are focused on four-year majors with higher level mathematics and mathematics-based science programs. The degree will transfer as a block to North Carolina public universities and other private institutions with articulation agreements. The Associate in Science degree currently offers the following tracks:

      • Biological/Life Science (degree code A10400B)
      • Computer Science/Math (degree code A10400C) 
      • Physical Science (degree code A10400P)

      Associate in Science Requirements

      For detailed information on Associate in Science course requirements, visit the college catalog. Program and graduation requirements are based upon the catalog (academic) year in which you entered the program. If you entered prior to the current term, please refer to the appropriate term catalog. You can check your catalog year by logging into MyCollege and looking up your program evaluation.

      Admitted Students: Find Your Associate in Science Faculty Advisor

      Review the information on finding your advisor on the academic advising page.

    • Associate in Engineering

      Degree Code A10500

      The Associate in Engineering (A.E.) is designed for students who want to pursue a four-year bachelor’s degree in engineering at one the UNC system universities. The Associate in Engineering combines general education, English, mathematics, natural science, and pre-major engineering courses. The major course of studies are directed at civil, electrical, and mechanical engineering. However, the A.E. program is not limited to these fields, and can accommodate any type of engineering discipline you may want to proceed into that is offered at UNC system engineering programs. You are encouraged to speak with the program chair before enrolling in any A.E. courses to determine their optimum academic direction.

      Associate in Engineering Requirements

      The A.E. degree is a predominantly math and physics-heavy program requiring advanced mathematics coursework, including three calculus classes. Other coursework will draw heavily from the natural sciences and engineering disciplines. You will need to complete core math and physics courses before you are able to enroll in higher level courses.

      Your math readiness at the time you enter the program will determine your graduation date and course schedule.

      For detailed information on Associate in Engineering course requirements, visit the college catalog. Contact the program chair before enrolling to ensure appropriate prerequisites are in place. Program and graduation requirements are based upon the catalog (academic) year in which you entered the program. If you entered prior to the current term, please refer to the appropriate term catalog. You can check your catalog year by logging into MyCollege and looking up your program evaluation.

      Admitted Students: Find Your Associate in Engineering Faculty Advisor

      Students at Central Piedmont have a faculty advisor for each program of study offered. The faculty advisor for Associate in Engineering students is Jacob Garbini.

      Associate in Engineering Background

      Engineering Pathways is a joint project of the NC Community College System and the University of NC engineering programs focused on developing the pathways for students to begin engineering studies at a community college and then transfer as seamlessly as possible to one of the UNC engineering programs. The Engineering Pathways group, including 31 NC Community College System participants, worked together to develop a uniform articulation agreement that supports an Associate in Engineering designed specifically to meet prerequisite requirements of the University of NC engineering programs.

    • Associate in Fine Arts - Drama/Theatre

      Degree Code A10800

      The Associate in Fine Arts (A.F.A.) prepares you to transfer to a four-year institution by obtaining some of the required fundamental courses in your chosen area of concentration as well as some general education required courses. The receiving four-year institution will determine whether your courses will count as general education or pre-major/elective credit. You may still have additional general education requirements to meet at the four-year institution to which you transfer. The Associate in Fine Arts offers concentrations in music, theatre, and the visual arts.

      The drama curriculum offers courses on the freshman and sophomore level in the field of theatre. You will study performance on stage and before the camera and develop skills for behind the scenes. Drama students transfer to institutions across the state, the region, and the nation. Besides classroom instruction, the department provides you with opportunities to perform on stage in a variety of performance venues. The drama department is proud to be the home of the Central Piedmont Summer Theatre, where you have the opportunity to work with professional actors, designers, directors, and technicians in an intensive production process that creates five shows in nine weeks. Upon earning an A.F.A. in drama/theatre, you will be prepared for admission auditions required at some four year institutions and for work in the theatre job market. Visit the drama/theatre blog to learn more.

      Drama/Theatre Degree Requirements

      For detailed information on Associate in Fine Arts - drama/theatre course requirements, visit the college catalog. Program and graduation requirements are based upon the catalog (academic) year in which you entered the program. If you entered prior to the current term, please refer to the appropriate term catalog. You can check your catalog year by logging into MyCollege and looking up your program evaluation.

      Admitted Students: Find Your Associate in Fine Arts - Drama/Theatre Faculty Advisor

      Students at Central Piedmont have a faculty advisor for each program of study offered. Find your faculty advisor based on your last name:

    • Associate in Fine Arts - Music

      Degree Code A10700

      The Associate in Fine Arts (A.F.A.) prepares you to transfer to a four-year institution by obtaining some of the required fundamental courses in your chosen area of concentration as well as some general education required courses. The receiving four-year institution will determine whether your courses will count as general education or pre-major/elective credit. Upon earning an A.F.A. in music, you will be prepared for admission auditions and for the placement and proficiency examinations at a four year institution.You may still have additional general education requirements to meet at the four-year institution to which you transfer. However, in practice, some four‐year schools choose to waive these if you are admitted as a music major. In the NC system institutions, music courses are initially transferred in as electives, and the music faculty will determine how they apply to the music major course of study following placement tests. There is also a 2+2 agreement for the UNC Charlotte Bachelor's of Arts in music.

      The Central Piedmont Music department, with over 100 music majors and serving over 2,000 students each academic year, and in the Sloan-Morgan Building, offers a full range of courses in music for both college transfer and for avocational interest. Whether you are working towards a degree in music or simply wish to learn more about music in the classroom, performing onstage in concerts of classical, jazz, opera or early/new music, the music department can meet your needs. The music program offers a solid foundation in music theory, history, and performance, and also enables students with a wide variety of interests to work and study together. The faculty are dedicated teachers and accomplished musicians. The facilities are first-rate, and our connection to the Charlotte arts community is strong. Whether your interests are in performance, recording technology, or preparation for transfer to a four-year program, Central Piedmont provides the classes and skills you need. Undecided? This is the place to come to explore, discuss, examine, and create. We offer small classes, ensembles, and other performance opportunities, and faculty whose own interests range from 20th century classical music, to jazz, to opera, and to early music. They are performers and composers, as well. Most importantly, our faculty are interested in your musical development.

      Music Degree Requirements

      Placement exams are used by the music department to determine placement into Theory 1 or Fundamentals of Music, as well as level of piano study required. In addition to the music degree program courses, the Associate in Fine Arts requires that you complete general education courses. For detailed information on Associate in Fine Arts in music course requirements, visit the college catalog. Program and graduation requirements are based upon the catalog (academic) year in which you entered the program. If you entered prior to the current term, please refer to the appropriate term catalog. You can check your catalog year by logging into MyCollege and looking up your program evaluation.

      Music Applied Study

      Applied study is an integral part of the music degree program. If you wish to audition for applied music study, meet with a department faculty member to discuss your background and receive guidance on selecting a piece to prepare. You will then be given information on the date, time, place, and content of the audition, and be directed to any music faculty member to sign-up. It is important to be on time for your audition. On a case-by-case basis and at the discretion of the full-time faculty, you will be assigned to an instructor and to one of the following:

      • two-credit applied study (MUS 161)
      • classroom instrument/voice study
      • non-credit preparation for applied study

      You can register for classroom instruction according to the Central Piedmont registration schedule. Once you have been assigned a course of study and an applied instructor, you pay the two-credit tuition fee plus a $200 activity fee. If you play one jury piece in its entirety on the applied student recital, that piece is not repeated at the final jury. If applied study is interrupted for either the fall or spring semester, you are required to re-audition in order to resume private lessons.

      Music Two-Credit Applied Study

      This course of study consists of the student receiving 12 one-hour lessons during the course of the semester (more if required by the applied instructor). The lessons culminate in a final jury performance where three pieces (instrumentalists) or five pieces (vocalists) are performed before the full-time faculty and the student’s applied instructor (optional). During the course of the jury the student may also be asked to demonstrate some knowledge of the pieces (its key, historical style period) as well as sight-reading. Registration for two-credit applied is done exclusively through the program office assistant.

      Music Classroom Study

      This course of study is for students who will need guided preparation in order to achieve the musicianship necessary for private applied study. The requirements for this course are determined by the classroom instructor. The student will then need to audition again in order to take applied study.

      Non-credit Preparation for Music Applied Study

      In some cases, the full-time music faculty will elect to ask the student to study privately without credit and re-audition for applied study at a later date. This is done also at the discretion of the full-time music faculty.

        Music Practice Rooms

        The music department has practice rooms available for enrolled music students. The practice rooms are controlled through an electronic locking system monitored by Security Services. You must have an access card to gain entry to a practice room. Access cards are distributed by music faculty teaching theory or ensemble courses. If you are a music student and would like an access card, please request one through one of your music instructors. Your music instructor will have you fill out an agreement form prior to issuing you an access card. If you are a Central Piedmont student but you are not a music major or if you are not enrolled in a music class but would like access to the practice rooms, please contact the music department chair. Access may be given at the discretion of the music department chair. Non-music students still need to complete an access card agreement form and will only have access the the practice rooms on the first floor of Sloan-Morgan. All access cards must be returned by the last day of the semester to your music instructor or to the music library. If students lose the access card assigned to them, or if they do not return it by the end of the semester that it was issued, the student will have a $5 fee placed on their student account. Additionally, all access cards not returned by the last day of the semester will be deactivated.

        Music Performances and Recitals

        Listening to a wide variety of music is an essential part of music education, and it's fun! The department sponsors free concerts, recitals, and lectures all year long. Semesters begin with performances by faculty, former students, and professional musicians. At the end of the semester all ensembles perform. Some weeks have two to four events at a variety of times so students can attend. The Student Class Recital offers public performance opportunities for students enrolled in piano, guitar, and voice. The Student Honors Recital showcases music majors performing pieces they have studied. Many events are Thursdays at 12:30 in Bryant Hall. We encourage students to arrange their class and work schedules to free-up this important hour, both to hear the music and to participate in the life and community of the department. Each year as a part of ArtsFest, the Central Piedmont music department honors the memory of Gene Bryant, founder and longtime chair of the music department. The nature of the Arts & Communication division is a direct result of his vision, spirit and tireless energy as his impact still resonates throughout the music department, college and community. To learn more about music performance opportunities at Central Piedmont visit our Performing Arts page.

        Admitted Students: Find Your Associate in Fine Arts - Music Faculty Advisor

        Students at Central Piedmont have a faculty advisor for each program of study offered. Find your faculty advisor based on your last name:

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        Music Program History

        The Central Piedmont Music Department dates to the earliest years of the college with Gene Bryant, the first instructor and director, who shaped the formation of the program. College mythology says that Gene asked Mary Lou Paschal to create a recorder ensemble and she demurred as not “knowing enough.” He promptly put the course on the schedule with her name beside it: early music was born at Central Piedmont. The philosophy for early music ensembles at the college is to study and perform a wide variety of music from the Medieval, Renaissance and Baroque periods. In the earliest days the members were novice music students; soon a core of experienced players and life-long learners emerged to strengthen the ensembles. Life-long learners bring continued passion and increasing knowledge and skill. They also own a variety of instruments, expanding the college’s holdings. Experienced players provide younger students with an opportunity to rub shoulders with more advanced players and the ability to perform diverse and more difficult music. The college benefits from such diversity in the classroom. In the early 1970’s the college had a faculty recorder ensemble: Gene played tenor, Mary Lou played soprano and Webb Wiggins, bass. Webb, a pianist, developed an interest in harpsichord; Gene, ever the supportive boss, secured an instrument for the college. In 1975 Richard Kingston, then an emerging builder and now recognized as a master craftsman, delivered a French double harpsichord to the campus. Webb excelled as a harpsichordist and is now on the faculty of Oberlin Conservatory. The recorder ensemble evolved into the Central Piedmont Early Music Consort, MUS 141E. Consort means “family” (of like instruments). Represented now are the families of recorder, harp, viola da gamba, and krummhorn. Consorts can be “broken” by mixing the groups and by adding other instruments such as cornetto and mute cornetto, sackbut, hurdy-gurdy, bagpipe, flute, pipe, shawm, jews harp, flute, psaltery, and others. The ensemble usually prepares two concert programs a semester. Nearly 25 years ago a folk music curriculum was instituted in collaboration between the college and members of the Charlotte Folk Society. Most of the courses (old-time jam, claw-hammer banjo, old-time fiddle, Appalachian dulcimer, etc) were taught in the oral tradition by skillful area practitioners. At the same time the Tuesday Evening Recorder Ensemble, MUS 141R, was born. Comprised of life-long learners and an occasional music major, the ensemble, which requires no audition, is an entry level course into early music at the college and performs at the end of each semester. Early music lovers are fortunate that Dr. Scott Bauer, former Division Director of Arts and Communication (now known as the Arts Division: Visual, Performing & Interior Design), was familiar with early music, was supportive of the program and worked to provide three excellent early music venues. He helped oversee the renovations to convert Sloan-Morgan, a former office building, into the primary space for music; SL 101 – Bryant Hall is an effective combination of small venue and classroom. He worked on the performance halls in the new Overcash building: the 145-seat Recital Hall and the thousand-seat Halton Theater are excellent venues, both visually and acoustically. The Wednesday evening Baroque Ensemble, MUS 141B, class began in Fall 2004. Students play in small ensembles with literature tailored to their technical, musical and ensemble skills. This semester’s class contains three music majors, a recently immigrated oud player who is learning to play figured bass, and seven life-long-learners; instruments include harpsichord, flute, violin, harp, recorders, violas da gamba, oud, and bagpipe. Once again, the open door brings a variety of students and their diversity enriches the learning environment.

      • Associate in Fine Arts - Visual Arts

        Degree Code A10600

        The Associate in Fine Arts (A.F.A.) prepares you to transfer to a four-year institution by obtaining some of the required fundamental courses in your chosen area of concentration as well as some general education required courses. The receiving four-year institution will determine whether your courses will count as general education or pre-major/elective credit. You may still have additional general education requirements to meet at the four-year institution to which you transfer. Upon earning an A.F.A. in visual arts, you will have completed a portfolio that is required for both a Bachelor's in Fine Arts (B.F.A.)/Bachelor's in Arts (B.A.) in studio Art. If you plan to major in Art History, you would not be required to complete a portfolio.

        The Associate in Fine Arts in visual arts offers a wide variety of foundation level courses for the art student and the lifelong learner. Here is a sampling of the types of courses we offer:

        • art history and art appreciation
        • ceramics 
        • drawing
        • jewelry and metals
        • painting
        • photography and computer art
        • printmaking
        • sculpture

        Visual Arts Degree Requirements

        For detailed information on Associate in Fine Arts in visual arts course requirements, visit the college catalog. Note that studio courses require a $56 lab fee (paid with tuition). This helps pay for some supplies and classroom items not furnished by the college. For example, gas to run kilns in ceramics, easels and models in painting, and plaster to build molds in sculpture are paid out of lab fees. The maximum lab fee for a semester is $56, regardless of how many studio courses you are enrolled in. You will receive a supply list from your instructor on the first day of class. Most likely this will include recommendations on quality of product as well as vendors. Art materials vary widely in price and quality. The best rule of thumb for any artist is to buy the best quality you can afford. Many local arts supply stores offer discounts for Central Piedmont students (be sure to take your student ID). Bring any supplies you have that you feel may be appropriate to the class. Most Instructors will give you a supply list the first day of class. If you submit artwork to a school-sponsored art show, always be sure to make arrangements in advance to pick up your work up at the schedule time. Never assume the department has the facilities to store your work beyond the scheduled period. Contact the organizer of the show to determine when and where to arrange a pick up. If, after a reasonable amount of time the work has not been claimed, it will become the property of the visual arts department and may be destroyed.

        Resources

        Admitted Students: Find Your Associate in Fine Arts - Visual Arts Faculty Advisor

        Students at Central Piedmont have a faculty advisor for each program of study offered. Find your faculty advisor based on your last name:

      • Associate in Applied Science 2+2 Programs

        Some other two-year programs may help you transfer to another institution. Central Piedmont has made special agreements with colleges and universities for various Associates of Applied Science (A.A.S.) degrees to have credit hours transfer to a specific program at a specific university. It is important to contact the four-year school to which you intend to transfer to understand specific transferability for the A.A.S. degree. If you are currently enrolled in any of the following Central Piedmont Associate of Applied Science programs, please contact your faculty advisor for academic advising.

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      • Locations and Course Delivery Methods

        The Associate in Arts and Associate in Science may be completed fully online or in-person. Please note that course offerings and availability are subject to change from semester to semester. Always confirm which courses are required to complete your degree in the college catalog. Confirm where courses are available and course delivery methods (such as in-person or online) using Schedule Builder.

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