2023-2024 Student Catalog 
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2023-2024 Student Catalog

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Fine Arts, A.S.

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Contact Information

Program Requirements

Typical Program

Degree/Certificate:    Associate in Science
HEGIS Code:            5610
SUNY Code:             0664
Major Code:             ARTS

The Career

The Fine Arts curriculum at NCCC is designed to provide students with a solid introduction to the fundamental aspects of art. This grounding in the principles of art serves as a base for future growth and specialization.

Graduates have transferred to four-year institutions such as

  • Art Institute of Chicago
  • The Cleveland School of Art
  • Daemen University
  • Fashion Institute of Technology
  • Pratt Institute
  • Rhode Island School of Design
  • Niagara University
  • Ringling College of Art
  • Rochester Institute of Technology
  • Savannah College of Art & Design
  • SUNY at Buffalo
  • SUNY Colleges at Brockport, Buffalo, Fredonia, Geneseo, New Paltz and Purchase

At these institutions our students have majored in

  • Animation
  • Art Conservation
  • Art Education
  • Art History
  • Arts Administration
  • Art Therapy
  • Ceramics
  • Graphic Design
  • Illustration
  • Industrial Design
  • Interior Design
  • Medical Illustration
  • Museum Studies/Arts Management
  • Painting
  • Photography
  • Printmaking
  • Sculpture

This curriculum is also suitable for students who wish to explore the visual arts for their own personal education and development.

Advanced Placement

The Fine Arts Department at NCCC recognizes advanced placement (AP) credits. To earn AP credits upon matriculation in the Fine Arts curriculum, the student must submit a portfolio for review by the Fine Arts Department to determine the proper application for the AP credits. The student must contact the Fine Arts program coordinator during the first two weeks of classes to schedule an appointment for portfolio review. After review of the portfolio, AP credits could be applied to an art elective. Students should obtain guidelines for portfolio submission from the Fine Arts program coordinator.


Students admitted in fall, spring and summer.

Because of the sequencing of courses, it may take more than four semesters of full-time study if a student begins this program in a spring or summer semester.

Dual Admissions

SUNY College at Brockport
SUNY Buffalo State University

Articulation Agreements

SUNY Buffalo State University
SUNY College at Brockport
SUNY College/Empire State
SUNY College at Oneonta

Program Goals and Objectives

  • To assist students in meeting the required 30 credits from 10 SUNY General Education approved knowledge and skills areas including 3 credit hours in Communications-Oral, Communications-Written, Math, Natural Science, and Diversity.
  • To prepare students for the successful transfer to a four-year baccalaureate program in an art, design or other related field

Program Learning Outcomes

The student will:

  • Use current digital applications for the production and appreciation of art
  • Evaluate professional and/or career options in the arts
  • Demonstrate a clear understanding of the foundational concepts and fundamental principles of creating and appreciating art
  • Demonstrate critical problem-solving skills by designing an appropriate solution to a series of studio problems
  • Demonstrate research skills
  • Demonstrate competent use of a range of studio media and equipment and an understanding of the methods and processes involved in developing a work of art
  • Demonstrate knowledge about the history of art in Western Civilization. Students will demonstrate an understanding of the arts in terms of history, critical developments and popular trends
  • Demonstrate the ability to critically analyze the arts and apply appropriate terminology
  • Produce a transfer portfolio

Program Requirements (ARTS)

  1. A total of at least 64-credit hours with a minimum curriculum grade-point average of 2.0. Academic Foundations courses do not count toward the degree.
  2. Art: A minimum of 35-credit hours to include:
    ART 216  -  Visual Arts Seminar  
    ART ___   Art elective  with ART prefix
  3. Basic Communication - Written: A minimum of 6-credit hours to include:
  4. Basic Communication - Oral:  A minimum of 3-credit hours chosen from:
    SPE 101 - Speech Communication  
    SPE 102 - Public Speaking  
    SPE 103 - Interpersonal Communication  
  5. Mathematics & Quantitative Reasoning (MATH) General Education  : A minimum of 3-credit hours  
  6. Natural Science & Scientific Reasoning (NSCI) General Education : A minimum of 3-credit hours
  7. Humanities - General Education:  A minimum of 3-credit hours to include:
    LIT ___    Literature/Humanities General Education  elective
  8. General Education:  A minimum of 6-credit hours to include:
    ___  ___ - Diversity: Equity, Inclusion & Social Justice (DVRS)   
    ___  ___ - General Education elective selected from USCV, GLBL, SOCS, or WLNG   
  9. Health/Physical Education: A minimum of 2-credit hours.**
  10. Free Electives: A minimum of 3-credit hours.

Typical Program

First Semester

Total Credit Hours: 16

Second Semester

Total Credit Hours: 16

Total Credit Hours: 17

Total Credit Hours: 15


* Dependent upon the fulfillment of Academic Foundations requirements.

** Any combination of HED, PED and DAN courses may be taken to fulfill the two credit hours required.

Scholarship Opportunities

There are several scholarships available to NCCC students. Scholarship deadline dates vary each semester.  For more information, please visit the scholarship webpage at www.niagaracc.suny.edu/scholarships. The NCCC Foundation/Scholarship Office is located within the Foundation Office, A-265 or by phone (716) 614-5910.

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