Degree Programs

Fine Arts AS

70-71

This program is designed to aid students in acquiring or refining the traditional technical skills for creating art. It prepares students for transfer to a Bachelor’s of Fine Arts program. In the first year, students take foundation courses in two-dimensional design, three-dimensional design, color theory, and drawing. Students are then introduced to painting, sculpture, and figure drawing, and are encouraged to study each before choosing an area of focus. Fine Art electives are also offered to allow students to further their artistic experience. Students are encouraged to present a portfolio to their advisor during the first week of classes to assist in advisement. A copy of the portfolio recommendations can be obtained through the MVCC Admissions Office or the Art Department web page.
Goals & Outcomes
1 The Program prepares the student to exhibit understanding of conceptual and perceptual techniques of art making.
  • Students show competency with technical skills in observational mimesis.
  • Students demonstrate the necessary hand/eye skills.
  • Students demonstrate the necessary cognitive skills.
  • Students will participate in group critiques among a diverse peer audience.
Goal 2The Program will enable the student to communicate and speak intelligently about Fine Arts.
  • Students will make articulate, persuasive and influential critiques of their own and other students work.
Goal 3 Provide students with an environment, in which they can learn skills such as technical proficiency in craftsmanship, prioritizing projects goals and work ethic.
  • Students utilize acquired skills necessary to demonstrate technical proficiency in craftsmanship, project goals and work ethic.
Goal 4 Advance knowledge of Fine Arts through diverse global and historical perspectives.
  • Students enrolled in FA 2D and 3D Design courses will demonstrate knowledge of contemporary design concepts within a historical context.
Goal 5 To familiarize students with the different areas of Fine Arts.
  • Students will be able to successfully translate and identify the correlation between a given project and its application to other Fine Art media.
Goal 6 To provide students with the knowledge of the relevant anatomy of the human body.
  • Students in FA 104 will demonstrate knowledge of the relevant anatomy of the human body.
Goal 7 To provide students with the knowledge to be a freelance artist or acquire commissions.
  • Students will develop a professionally presentable portfolio.
  • Students will demonstrate an understanding of how this portfolio can gain them access to commissions and freelance work.
  • Students will be able to perform an assessment of client’s needs for creating commissioned work.
Goal 8 To provide students with the knowledge to become an artist in the community.
  • Students will frequently attend lectures and discussions available within the local community.
  • Students will submit work to a juried show.
Goal 9 To prepare graduates to successfully transfer to a four-year institution in a related field of study.
  • Graduates who complete the MVCC graduate exit survey will transfer with full junior level status to distinguished four- year institutions in a related field of study.
  • Students upon graduation will have 8 or more general education required courses towards a SUNY degree.
Goal 10 Prepare students to demonstrate information literacy.
  • Students will use traditional and contemporary information technology.
  • Students will identify, access, and appropriately use authoritative sources of information.
First Semester
1.0
ED100 College Seminar
This course is an opportunity for students to develop the skills necessary to be successful in college. Students learn the importance of the faculty-student and advisor-advisee relationship, develop time management techniques, apply effective study skill techniques, recognize the implications of living in a diverse society, utilize college resources, and explore career and transfer requirements. Collaborative projects are included. Students matriculated in a degree program must take this course in their first term of study. See when this course is offered ...
3.0
EN101 English 1:Composition
This course focuses on several kinds of writing-self-expressive, informative, and argumentative/persuasive, and others. A minimum of five essay compositions are required. The course emphasizes the composition of clear, correct, and effective prose required in a variety of professions and occupations.Prerequisites: The required developmental reading (DS050 Developmental Reading, DS051 Essential Reading & Study Skills, or DS080 Study Reading), or SL115 ESL4: Advanced Reading, and/or writing courses (EN099 Introduction to College English or SL116 ESL4: Advanced Composition) or permission of the instructor or designee. See when this course is offered ...
3.0
FA101 General Drawing
This course introduces the tools, media, and theory used in drawing for visual communication. Coursework includes both the study of fundamentals of perspective and the theory of light and shade, as well as a survey of graphic representation. Classroom work consists of drawings that show line, value, tone, form, texture, space, and proportion. Studio laboratory fee: $20 See when this course is offered ...
3.0
FA105 Two-Dimensional Design
This course explores the basic principles of two-dimensional design: unity, variety, contrast, movement, rhythm, visual emphasis, and subordination. Studio projects approach these principles through the study and practice of space relationships, proportion, scale, value, relationships, pattern, texture, and color. Slide lectures are given periodically in association with various studio projects to connect these concepts to fine art making. Studio laboratory fee: $20 See when this course is offered ...
3.0
FA108 Three-Dimensional Design
This course incorporates an examination of design principles and organization of willed form in space. Studio work focuses on the study of natural, fabricated, and architectonic forms, emphasizing construction, scale, and proportion. These principles are fundamental to architecture, industrial design, and sculpture. Studio laboratory fee: $35 See when this course is offered ...
Tier 1 Social Science 3cr
Social Science courses: AN101 Biological Anthropology, BM101 Survey of Economics, HI101 History of Civilization 1, PS101 American National Government, PY101 Introduction to Psychology, and SO101 Introduction to Sociology.
.5 cr
PE Physical Education
A wide variety of credit courses including but not limited to swimming, fitness center, badminton, tennis, golf, bowling and aerobic dance. See when this course is offered ...
Second Semester
3.0
EN102 English 2:Idea&Values Lit
This course encourages a deeper understanding of human nature and the human condition through the study of ideas and values expressed in imaginative literature. Emphasis is placed on the use and development of critical thinking and language skills. Library-oriented research is required. Prerequisite: EN101 English 1: Composition or EN106 English 1: Composition and Reading. See when this course is offered ...
3.0
FA103 Figure Drawing 1
This is an introductory course in drawing the human figure, focusing on the body’s geometric and anatomical structure. Classroom work consists of drawing from the live model and plaster sculpture casts. A hierarchy of form, working from general to specific, is emphasized. Studio work is supplemented by lectures and critiques on the principles of accurate representation of the human form in pictorial space, including gesture, proportion, anatomy, and light on form. Studio laboratory fee: $20 See when this course is offered ...
3.0
FA106 Color Theory
This course investigates the role of color in the organization of the two-dimensional surface, as well as its practical use in our visual environment. Various aspects of color usage, such as physical and optical mixture, spatial and transparency illusions, and color relativity are explored, then applied to projects concerned with practical design of fine art. Studio laboratory fee: $20. See when this course is offered ...
3.0
FA113 Figure Sculpture 1
This course introduces sculpture through the figure, using a variety of traditional and modern techniques. Topics include the elements of structure, mass, volume, anatomy, and proportion, as they combine to give form and meaning. These principles are fundamental to improving form conception in drawing, painting, and sculpture. This course provides an introduction to armature building, water clay techniques, and mold-making. Prerequisite: FA108 Three-Dimensional Design. Studio laboratory fee: $35 See when this course is offered ...
3.0
HU205 History of Art 2
This course introduces the history of art from the Seventeenth Century to the present. Topics include Baroque, Rococo, Neoclassicisms, Romanticism, Impressionism, Post-Impressionism, Twentieth-Century, and non-Western examples of painting, sculpture, and architecture. Art is studied within its cultural context with a focus on the interrelationship among the Arts. A field trip to an art exhibit is required. Prerequisite: EN101 English 1: Composition or EN106 English 1: Composition and Reading. See when this course is offered ...
.5 cr
PE Physical Education
A wide variety of credit courses including but not limited to swimming, fitness center, badminton, tennis, golf, bowling and aerobic dance. See when this course is offered ...
Third Semester
3.0
FA104 Figure Drawing 2
This intermediate course expands upon the technical skills and aesthetic concepts of FA103 Figure Drawing 1. More complex problems are addressed, including the foreshortened figure, the figure in space, multiple figure composition, extended poses, and large format drawing. Projects explore various drawing media, settings, lighting situations, and approaches to the figure. Classroom work consists of drawing from the live model, supplemented by lectures and critiques. Prerequisite: FA103 Figure Drawing 1. Studio laboratory fee: $20 See when this course is offered ...
3.0
FA209 Painting 1
This course provides an introduction to the technique of the oil painting medium and approaches to color mixing. Emphasis is given to the painting from the observed subject. A variety of subjects and techniques are explored through projects that reference historical and contemporary approaches. Prerequisite: FA106 Color Theory. Studio laboratory fee: $20 See when this course is offered ...
PT214 Fine Art Photography 1 3cr
The course introduces black and white photography as a fine art medium. It covers basic camera operation, film processing, and painting. Emphasis is given to individual expression and personal vision. A brief history of fine art photography is included. Students also study basic principles of slide production as it relates to creating a portfolio for transfer: The aesthetics of the photograph and its use as a medium of visual communication are emphasized. Studio lab fee: $30
3.0
HU204 History of Art 1
This course introduces the history of art from prehistoric times through the Sixteenth Century. Topics include Classical, Medieval, Renaissance, and non-Western examples of painting, sculpture, and architecture. Art is studied within its cultural context with a focus on the interrelationship among the Arts. A field trip to an art exhibit is required. Prerequisite: EN101 English 1: Composition or EN106 English 1: Composition and Reading. See when this course is offered ...
Tier 1 Natural Science 4cr
Natural Science courses: BI101 General Biology 1, BI103 Human Life Science 1, BI105 Environmental Science, and PH112 Science of Light 1.
Tier 1 Mathematics 3cr
In consultation with an advisor, the student will choose an appropriate mathematics course. Depending upon the student’s placement test results, he/she may be placed in a developmental course before taking the college level course. One college level mathematics course must be taken from the following selected courses: MA108 Concepts in Mathematics, or MA110 Elementary Statistics.
.5 cr
PE Physical Education
A wide variety of credit courses including but not limited to swimming, fitness center, badminton, tennis, golf, bowling and aerobic dance. See when this course is offered ...
Fourth Semester
Fine Art Elective 3cr
Fine Art Elective courses: FA201 Figure Sculpture 1, FA202 Intermediate Drawing, FA211 Printmaking: Relief, FA212 Ceramics: Throwing Techniques, FA216 Sculpture: Metal Welding, FA218 Painting 2, FA220 Ceramics: Sculpture Design, PT222 Fine Art Photography 2, FA226 Printmaking: Intaglio, and FA230 Jewelry Making. Course selection will depend upon availability.
Fine Art Elective 3cr
Fine Art Elective courses: FA201 Figure Sculpture 1, FA202 Intermediate Drawing, FA211 Printmaking: Relief, FA212 Ceramics: Throwing Techniques, FA216 Sculpture: Metal Welding, FA218 Painting 2, FA220 Ceramics: Sculpture Design, PT222 Fine Art Photography 2, FA226 Printmaking: Intaglio, and FA230 Jewelry Making. Course selection will depend upon availability.
Italian Art or Modern History
Art History Elective courses: HU224 Italian Art and HU225 Modern Art. Upon availability other acceptable art history electives may include HU220 Studies in Mexican Art & Culture, HU188 Film Appreciation and HU226 North American Art, or other art history courses with permission of advisro and the Dean of the Center for Arts and Humanities.
Tier 2 Social Science 3cr
Social Science courses: AN101 Biological Anthropology, BM101 Survey of Economics, HI101 History of Civilization 1, PS101 American National Government, PY101 Introduction to Psychology, and SO101 Introduction to Sociology.
Tier 2 Elective 3-4cr
Tier 2 Elective courses: Students may select any Tier 2 Course from the General Education Component at MVCC Liberal Arts and Sciences courses in the catalog. Please refer to the Associate of Science Degree requirements. These choices include: Language, Natural Science or Computer Science. Traditional choices have been a second course from category (b).
.5 cr
PE Physical Education
A wide variety of credit courses including but not limited to swimming, fitness center, badminton, tennis, golf, bowling and aerobic dance. See when this course is offered ...


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