Sculpture students working outdoors

Program information

Do you dream of a career in the arts? Our Fine Arts Associate in Science degree program is the perfect starting point, providing the opportunity to refine your skills, define your vision, and prepare for transfer into a Bachelor of Fine Arts program.

In your first year, you will develop a solid foundation in the arts through courses in two-dimensional and three-dimensional design, color theory, and drawing. Second-year courses introduce painting, sculpture, and figure drawing, giving you experience in each before you choose your area of focus.   

See semester-by-semester degree plan.

The program prepares the student to:

  • Exhibit understanding of conceptual and perceptual techniques of art making
  • Show competency with technical skills in observational mimesis
  • Demonstrate the necessary hand/eye skills
  • Demonstrate the necessary cognitive skills
  • Participate in group critiques among a diverse peer audience
  • Communicate and speak intelligently about Fine Arts
  • Make articulate, persuasive and influential critiques of their own and other students work
  • Successfully translate and identify the correlation between a given project and its application to other Fine Art media
  • To have knowledge of the relevant anatomy of the human body
  • Develop a professionally presentable portfolio for freelance
  • Perform an assessment of client’s needs for creating commissioned work
  • Attend lectures and discussions available within the local community
  • Submit work to a juried show
  • Prepare graduates to successfully transfer to a four-year institution in a related field of study

Transfer options:

Graduates have successfully transferred to:

  • SUNY Fredonia
  • SUNY New Paltz
  • SUNY Oswego
  • SUNY Purchase

Career opportunities:

  • Gallery artist
  • Museum studies
  • Gallery curator
  • Arts therapist
  • Art teacher

Contact us to learn more!

Todd Behrendt, Dean 
tbehrendt@mvcc.edu
315-792-5409