2011-12 Student Catalog 
    Jul 13, 2024  
2011-12 Student Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Fine Arts, AS

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Associate in Science





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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 College
  • Fashion Institute of Technology
  • Pratt Institute
  • Rochester Institute of Technology
  • SUNY at Buffalo
  • SUNY Colleges at Brockport, Buffalo, Fredonia, New Paltz and Purchase

At these institutions our students have majored in

  • Art Conservation
  • Art Education
  • Art History
  • Arts Management
  • Ceramics
  • Graphic Design
  • Illustration
  • Industrial Design
  • Interior Design
  • Museum Studies/Arts Administration
  • 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 Visual 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 an art faculty evaluation committee 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 credit could be applied to an art elective. Students should obtain detailed guidelines for portfolio submission from the Fine Arts program coordinator.


Students admitted in September and January.

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 semester.

Dual Admissions

SUNY College at Brockport
SUNY College at Buffalo

Articulation Agreements

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

Program Goals and Objectives

  • To assist students in meeting a minimum of seven of the ten SUNY General Education requirements.
  • To prepare students for the successful transfer to a four-year baccalaureate program in an art, design or other related field.

Student 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.
  • Students will demonstrate the ability to critically analyze the arts and apply terminology.
  • Produce a transfer portfolio.

Minimum Degree Requirements (ARTS)

  1. A total of at least 62 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 33 credit hours to include:
    7.   or
    11. ART — History of Art elective
    12. ART — Art elective
  3. Arts & Media: A minimum of 3 credit hours in Arts & Media excluding ART. Arts & Media areas are courses prefixed by: COM, DAN, DIG, MUS, SPE and THA.
  4. Free Electives: A minimum of 3 credit hours.
  5. Health/Physical Education: A minimum of 2 credit hours.**
  6. Humanities: A minimum of 9 credit hours to include:
    1.   *
    3. LIT — Literature elective
  7. Sciences, Mathematics or Philosophy: A minimum of 3 credit hours in two of these areas for a total of 6 credit hours.
  8. Social Sciences: A minimum of 6 credit hours. Social Sciences areas are courses prefixed by ANT, CRJ, ECO, GEO, PSC*, HIS*, HUS, PSY, SOC, SSC.

Typical Program

First Semester

Total Credit Hours: 16

Second Semester

Total Credit Hours: 16

Third Semester

Total Credit Hours: 15

Fourth Semester

  • 3 Cr.
  • ART — Art Elective 3 Cr.
  • Arts & Media elective (except ART) 3 Cr.
  • Free elective 3 Cr.
  • Mathematics, Science or Philosophy 3 Cr. ***

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.

*** Students must take one course in each of two of these areas for a minimum of six credit hours.

Scholarship Opportunities

All matriculated students in this curriculum are eligible for scholarships. See scholarship  area of this catalog for specific information and criteria, including the following:

Ruth J. McDonald Art Scholarship