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Fall 2017 Catalog 
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Fine Arts, A.S.

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Degree: Associate in Science
HEGIS Code: 5610
Curriculum Code: 664.FIA
Campus Location: City, North, South

Liberal Arts Division 

Pre-Admission Recommendations: HS or HSE (High School Equivalency) Diploma
Career Opportunities/Further Education: Transfer to Bachelor's Degree Program in Fine Arts, Philosophy, Music, etc.

Program Description

ECC's Fine Arts A.S. degree is designed to facilitate transfer into four-year B.A. and B.F.A. programs for Studio Art, Graphic Design, Art Education, and/or Photography. The Fine Arts A.S. degree provides students with an excellent foundation that focuses on developing observational / interpretative skills and proficiency in drawing, 2D and 3D design, painting, digital foundations, and photography.

Students studying art engage in creative problem solving, critical thinking, sequential skill building and develop persistence and focus. These are all skills that help students excel whether they choose to continue their education or enter the workforce.

Students pursuing the Fine Art AS degree will complete all SUNY GER requirements and all relevant SUNY Transfer Paths creating a degree that is highly transferable to four-year institutions for a variety of majors. The Fine Arts A.S. degree's core courses and most electives are offered at all three campuses. There is campus specialization in certain areas. Students are encouraged to take courses at any of the three campuses as needed to meet their individual goals and interests.

Art courses will continue to serve the college as a whole and are also open to students who are interested in art but may not wish to pursue it as a major.

Program Competencies

The SUNY General Education knowledge and skills areas and the two competencies now function as the basis for the Liberal Arts Program outcomes. These General Education Requirements are detailed in the Academic Information section of this catalog.

Dual and Articulation Agreements

  • SUNY Buffalo State College: Studio Art B.A.

  • SUNY Buffalo State College: Art Education B.F.A. / Communication/Graphic Design B.F.A / Fine Arts B.F.A. Successful portfolio review required.

  • SUNY Fredonia: Visual Arts and New Media B.A. Successful portfolio review required.

Required Courses

Total Degree Credits: 60.0

First Semester

Second Semester

Third Semester

  • Credit Hours: 3 *
  • AT Elective Credit Hours: 3
  • AT Elective Credit Hours: 3
  • General Education Requirement Credit Hours: 3***
  • Humanities (not AT) Elective Credit Hours: 3*

Fourth Semester

  • AT Elective or Art-related Elective Credit Hours: 3
  • AT Elective or Liberal Arts Elective Credit Hours: 3
  • AT Elective or Open College Elective Credit Hours: 3
  • Humanities (not AT) Elective Credit Hours: 3*
  • Social Sciences Elective Credit Hours: 3**


* SUNY Transfer Paths 

  1. Art Studio
  2. Design: Design elective is also required
  3. Art Education: Foundations of Education, Adolescent or Childhood Psychology, Foreign Language- 2 sequential courses in the same language are also required. Please note: Buffalo State College's Art Education B.S. also accepts the Art Studio Transfer Path in place of the Art Education Transfer Path. BSC strongly recommends taking 2 sequential Foreign Language or Sign Language courses if student adheres to the Art Studio Transfer Path.

** Course must fulfill the respective SUNY General Education Knowledge Area

*** 7th SUNY GER - Choose from: American History / Western Civilization / Other World Civilizations / Foreign Language

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