Fine Arts: Visual Arts

Associate in Science Degree Program

Hegis Code: 5610 Admissions: 1-800-724-0833
ext. 5018 or 5022
NYSED Code: 26642

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Program DescriptionSUNY Ulster Fine Arts Program

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 here or the Department here.

To print a copy of the Program Planning Sheet, click here

Click on the Course Number for the course description.
First Semester
Course Number Description Credits
ART 103 Drawing and Composition I 3
ART 107 Art History I 3
ART 150 Two-Dimensional Design 3
ENG 101 * College English I 3
Art Elective

(Choose elective from list in 4th semester)

Semester Credits 15
Second Semester
ART 104 Drawing and Composition II 3
ART 108 * Art History II 3
ART 151 Three-Dimensional Design 3
ENG 102 * College English II 3
LIB 111 * Information Literacy 1
Elective * Communications 3
Semester Credits 16
Third Semester

ART 209

Life Drawing I

ART 214  Advanced Studio I 3
MAT 101 *

Survey of Mathematics or

higher level math

Elective * Natural Science Elective 3-4
ART 110 20th Century Art 3
Semester Credits 15-17
Fourth Semester

ART 215

Advanced Studio II

Elective * Social Science Elective 3
Elective General Elective 3
Elective General Elective 3
PLUS Select one from the following:  3
ART 105 Painting I  
ART 106 Painting II  
ART 130 Photography I (digital)  
ART 131 Photography II (digital)  
ART 138 Introduction to Interior Design & Drafting  
ART 180 Introduction to Web Design  
ART 210 Life Drawing II  

ART 112

Fashion Drawing and Design I

ART 113 Fashion Design & Drawing II  
ART 293  Art Internship  

Special Topics in Art:
ART 271
ART 272
ART 273

Semester Credits 15
Total Credits 61-62
NOTE: Through advisement, students will also fulfill General Education Requirements.





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