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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 arts and a complementary selection of general education courses. It is recommended for students planning to transfer to four‐year colleges and universities for further study in the visual arts. Students who complete the Visual Arts Program will earn an Associate in Arts degree. This program is available for both part‐time and full‐time students.

Program Outcomes

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

  • Identify and analyze a variety of visual problems, create and evaluate solutions;
  • Demonstrate a good knowledge of art history and artistic traditions;
  • 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 problems;
  • Analyze, assess, and critique their own and other’s art projects in class discussions and critiques;
  • Produce a portfolio of high quality studio projects that demonstrate significant growth in hands‐on technical 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 visual arts. The sophistication of visual communication that this degree ultimately bestows is highly sought after in the contemporary fields of advertising, design, fine art studios, art gallery and museum design, and the film, television, and video industries.

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



Through advisement, students will also fulfill General Education Requirements .

All first time college students matriculated in a degree program, including Early College students, former Collegian students now attending the College and students with no prior college experience, are required to take the one-credit FYE 101  course.

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