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Fine Arts

The Degree

Associate in Science (A.S.)

The Outlook

Career prospects for those entering the field of fine arts include:

  • Art Education
  • Gallery and Museum Exhibition Work
  • Art Dealership
  • Creation and Sale of Original Artwork

According to the Occupational Outlook Handbook, employment of craft and fine artists is expected to grow 3 percent from 2012 to 2022. Through the A.S. fine arts degree program at FLCC, you can build a foundation to begin working as a creative artist and prepare for transfer to a four-year college or university.

The Program

The A.S. fine arts degree program is designed to help you develop your artistic knowledge and proficiency and prepare you to transfer to a four-year institution as a junior-level art major.

The course work includes:

  • Art History
  • Design
  • Printmaking
  • Drawing/Painting
  • Sculpture
  • Ceramics

As a fine arts major, you will develop a strong portfolio demonstrating your abilities through a variety of media. Facilities at FLCC include drawing and painting studios, a sculpture foundry, a darkroom, and computer labs.

Faculty: One of the highlights of the program is its distinguished art faculty, which includes internationally known artists whose works have been exhibited in New York, San Francisco, and throughout the Northeast and Midwest. FLCC's instructors bring real-life experience as artists and play an important role in your success.

Honors Courses: If you have demonstrated outstanding academic ability, you will have the opportunity to take honors courses at FLCC that provide enhanced educational experiences. If you are a qualified student in this degree program or are a qualified student from another program, enrollment in honors courses is open to you. Successful completion of honors courses or an Honors Certificate may increase your transfer options to four-year institutions.

Online Learning

The A.S. fine arts degree program at FLCC is offered at least 50 percent online. For more information on FLCC's online learning programs, contact the Office of Online Learning at (585)-785-1303 or you can visit the colleges' online degree programs page.

Program Learning Outcomes

Upon completion of this degree program, students will be able to:

  • Demonstrate the knowledge and skills to successfully transfer to four-year institutions and pursue baccalaureate degrees, or secure employment in selected art-based settings.
  • Exhibit knowledge of the aspects involved in the creative process.
  • Demonstrate critical thinking skills (reasoning) inherent in the articulation of visual concepts.

The Experience

The A.S. fine arts degree program will provide you with an opportunity to expand your cultural awareness of the arts through exhibitions, course work, visiting artists, guest speakers, museum visits, and related activities. The Art Club is another avenue for you to become involved in a variety of activities that will enhance your experiences outside the classroom.

Field Trips: Travel to a variety of locations statewide is planned throughout the year, including trips to museums and colleges such as:

  • The Clark Institute
  • Everson Museum
  • Johnson Museum at Cornell University
  • Albright Knox Gallery in Buffalo

Additionally, trips to a variety of galleries and museums in New York City are also planned. These field trips will enhance your appreciation for the variety of art currently being created.

Exhibition: Quality exhibits by visiting artists are showcased in FLCC's Williams-Insalaco Art Gallery. Each spring, you will have opportunities to exhibit your work in the gallery at the Spring Arts Festival. Additionally, you will be able to showcase your work in "Windows," a publication of juried student art work that is published annually.

The Graduates

Upon completing the program, FLCC graduates have gone on to transfer to private and public four-year institutions to pursue their bachelor's and master's degrees. Some of the institutions* these graduates have transferred to include:

  • SUNY Colleges at Brockport, Geneseo, Buffalo, Albany, Fredonia, New Paltz, and Purchase
  • Syracuse University
  • Fashion Institute of Technology
  • The School of Visual Arts
  • Rhode Island School of Design
  • University of Cincinnati
  • Rochester Institute of Technology
  • Ohio University
  • Detroit Center for Creative Studies
  • University of California at Berkeley

Careers: Graduates have pursued careers at the national and international levels as:

  • Professional Artists
  • Art Educators
  • Gallery Directors
  • Museum Archivists

Current FLCC students and graduates continue to exhibit their work and receive awards for their artistic accomplishments.

* This is a sampling of some of the four-year colleges and universities to which FLCC students have transferred. Please consult your advisor or the educational planning and career services office for a complete listing of transfer agreements between Finger Lakes Community College and four-year institutions.

The Scholarships

As a fine arts major, if you meet specific award criteria, you will be eligible for the Dr. Henry Buxbaum Memorial Award for Achievement and Promise in Fine Arts.

Past graduates that have met specific award criteria have received scholarships from the School of Visual Arts, Rochester Institute of Technology, and Syracuse University. For more information, contact the visual and performing arts department or the financial aid office.

The Faculty

Professors and instructors in the fine arts and graphic design programs hold master's degrees from institutions such as the New York Academy of Art and Rochester Institute of Technology. Each of them is a working artist in their various disciplines which include: painting, sculpting, ceramics, printmaking, photography, woodworking and graphic design. They have had their works exhibited and have won awards throughout the United States and abroad, including Florence, Italy. Although their areas of expertise vary, the entire faculty in the art programs shares a commitment to teaching as their top priority. Each adjunct faculty member in the fine arts and graphic design programs is currently an artist. With their artistic backgrounds, the faculty brings valuable experience to the classroom from the work world.