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Fine Arts: Visual Arts, A.S.

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Associate in Science Degree Program

Hegis Code: 5610
NYSED Code: 26642

Program Description

This program is intended as a core curriculum to provide a foundation in the Visual and Design Arts with a complementary selection of general education courses. The Fine Arts: Visual Arts program is recommended for students planning to transfer to four‐year colleges and universities or for employment in the visual and design arts field; including the applied fine and commercial arts disciplines, Illustration, conceptual art, advertising, graphic design, computer graphics, package design, web design and related fields. This foundation based program builds skill and empowers students to develop strong and dynamic portfolios for transfer or work. Students who complete the Fine Arts: Visual Arts program will earn an Associate in Arts degree and be prepared for employment in the visual and design arts fields. This program is available for both part‐time and full‐time students and community members. 

Program Outcomes

At the completion of the AS Fine Arts Degree program, a student will be able to

● Identify and analyze a variety of Real World Fine and Design Art problems, create and evaluate solutions;

● Demonstrate a good knowledge of Fine and Design Art history and artistic traditions historical and contemporary;

● Utilize a variety of creative problem‐solving and critical thinking strategies and skills, and apply them with originality and imagination to a series of related visual and problems;

● Analyze, assess, and critique their own and other’s projects with a Fine Art and Design Art vocabulary and literacy;

● Demonstrate the relevance of numerous categories of Fine and Design Art;

● Produce a portfolio of high quality studio projects that demonstrate significant growth in hands‐on and technology skills, conceptual and critical‐thinking skills

Employment Potential

Through a portfolio of their creative work, graduates of this program will demonstrate an understanding of the fundamentals of two‐ and three‐dimensional visual communication through the disciplines of design, drawing, painting, and photography, and an awareness of the role of art in the development of cultural history.

Above all, students will leave with a strong foundation in visual literacy that will prepare them for further study leading to a baccalaureate degree in the Fine and Design arts.

The sophistication of visual communication that this degree ultimately bestows is highly sought after in the contemporary fields of advertising, design, fine art fields. Illustration, concept art, art gallery, museum design, and the film, television, and video industries. With the growth of computer use, e‐commerce, and digital media, demand for employees skilled in computer literacy is high.

Requirements for Program Entry

  • High school diploma or equivalent
  • Satisfactory placement in Entering Student Assessment

Developmental Assistance Available

For students who do not meet basic reading and math requirements or who have other learning issues, extra assistance is readily available through SUNY Ulster’s Learning Center, The Gary and Janaki Math Center, the Writing Center, the Peer and Friend Tutor Program, and English as a Second Language (ESL) tutors.

For More Information

For more information contact Admissions 1‐800‐724‐0833 ext. 5018 or 5022


Semester Credits 15

Semester Credits 16

Semester Credits 15‐16

Fourth Semester

Semester Credits 15

Total Credits 61‐63


*Through advisement, students will also fulfill General Education requirements.

**Any credit-bearing course and a maximum of 2 credits in Physical Education.

*** Through advisement, students will select form the following courses to fulfill their art elective requirement, a minimum of 2 (3 credit) course need to be taken to satisfy degree requirements:

 ART 110, ART 111, ART 114, ART 112, ART 113, ART 124, ART 138, ART 130, ART 131, ART 105, ART 106, ART 161ART 173, ART 180, ART 210, ART 262, ART 271 (1 cr), ART 272 (2 cr), ART 273 (3 cr), ART 280, ART 293

**** Through advisement, students identifying an interest in the Graphic Arts should follow this sequence ART 124 (Fall), ART 161 (Spring), ART 262 (Fall), either ART 173 or ART 180 (Spring) utilizing the ART Electives and OPEN Electives

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