• Fine Arts

    The program provides important "hands on" experience in the New York art world through cooperative education internships in professional art studios, galleries and museums.

  • The Fine Arts Program, coordinated by the Humanities Department, leads to an Associate of Science (AS) Degree. This two-year program will offer training in studio art for students seeking careers in either the Fine or Applied Arts. Emphasis throughout thecurriculum will be placed on individual creativity, aesthetic awareness, and an understanding of the visual arts in societies past and present. The Fine Arts Program is open to students of all levels who wish to expand their technical and aesthetic knowledge in the areas of painting, drawing, sculpture, design,photography, and the history of art and film. 

  •  Advising Team

    In support of the LaGuardia's mission to educate and graduate its students to become critical thinkers and socially responsible citizens, the college has undertaken a team approach toward advising, designed to support you in your major from orientation through graduation.

    Your advisement team, made up of faculty and professional advisors, will guide you at every step during your college career. They are ready to help you:

    • Explore your major
    • Select introductory and advanced courses
    • Connect you with campus support services
    • Prepare an educational and career plan

    Visit the Advising page to learn more about when to get advised and how to prepare for an advising appointment, and check out the Advising Calendar for information sessions, events and more.

    Please feel free to reach out to these advisors if you have any questions or need assistance, and visit  laguardia.edu/visit for directions to campus.

    Advising Team Staff Members Email Phone Office Location
    Jarrod San Angel, Advising Services  jsanangel@lagcc.cuny.edu  718-730-7575  B 100F 
    Sarina Gamez, Advising Services sgamez@lagcc.cuny.edu  718-730-7417 B 102 

    Advising Team Faculty Members Email Phone Office Location
    Arthur Simms, Fine Arts asimms@lagcc.cuny.edu  718-482-5664  C 745Y 
    Arianne Fernandez, Fine Arts  afernandez@lagcc.cuny.edu  718-482-5709  M 223 
    Jessica Boehman, Fine Arts  jboehman@lagcc.cuny.edu  718-349-4091  C 745L 
    Liena Vayzman, Fine Arts lvayzman@lagcc.cuny.edu  718-349-4011  C 745T 
    Hugo Fernandez, Fine Arts hufernandez@lagcc.cuny.edu  718-482-6189 C 745BB
    Fern Luskin, Fine Arts luskinfe@lagcc.cuny.edu  718-482-5708  C 745TT 
    Ari Richter, Fine Arts  arichter@lagcc.cuny.edu  718-349-4702 C 745V
    Michael Rodriquez, Fine Arts mirodriquez@lagcc.cuny.edu  718-482-5903  C 745AA 
    Dahlia Elsayed, Fine Arts  delsayed@lagcc.cuny.edu  718-349-4075  C 745N 
    Gary Vollo, Fine Arts  gvollo@lagcc.cuny.edu  718-482-5709  M 223 
    Helmut Eppich, Fine Arts  heppich@lagcc.cuny.edu  718-482-5709  M 223 

     Career Profile and Transfer Opportunities

    The Fine Arts curriculum will provide an introductory preparation for careers in either the Fine or Applied Arts. Further training in advanced or specialized art programs will complete your career preparation.

    As you begin your studies at LaGuardia, it will be important that you become informed about the range of careers available to the visual artist.The best resource available to you is the Fine Arts faculty. The faculty are professional artists and educators with many years of experience. Take advantage of their knowledge by asking questions about courses, your portfolio, art careers and advanced art programs for transfer.

    Transfer Opportunities

    The Fine Arts Program is fully articulated with the BA and BFA programs in Fine Arts at Queens College and Hunter College. That means if you graduate from LaGuardia College with the AS Degree in Fine Arts, all 60 credits will transfer, and you will begin your studies toward the baccalaureate degree at third year, junior status. 

    The Fine Arts Program is also articulated with the School of Visual Arts. Graduates of LaGuardia's Fine Arts Program may transfer directly into the third year of SVA's programs in Fine Arts, Advertising Design, Illustration, Cartooning, and Graphic Design. 
    Many courses in the Fine Arts AS Degree are transferable to other four-year colleges at CUNY on a course-by-course basis only. The same is true with the Fashion Institute of Technology and many of the private colleges in the region. Remember that credits will transfer most easily if you have completed your AS Degree.

    Most colleges will grant transfer credit for studio art courses on review of your personal portfolio and an interview. Placement in an advanced art program is often based on the evaluation of the student's personal portfolio.

    To plan for continued study in the Fine or Applied Arts, you should become familiar with other art programs in the New York area. Select the program that best fits your needs by visiting the campus and art facilities, looking at student artwork, speaking with an admissions counselor and determining the requirements for transfer.

    If you need to have an instructor write a letter of recommendation you should contact him/her at least a month in advance. You should supply information on the school and program you wish to transfer to, the person and address to whom the letter should be sent, and perhaps an example of your art portfolio.

    At LaGuardia, the Office of Transfer Services, Office B-215, will provide assistance. The Visual Arts Resource Center, Office M-223, may also provide assistance through art faculty advisors and college catalogs.

     Art Studios

    The Visual Arts Area is located on the second floor of the Main or "M" Building. These studios are as follows:

    • Painting: M-Building, M-232
    • Design: M-Building, M-227
    • Sculpture: M-Building, M-226
    • Drawing: M-Building, M-229
    • Supply Room: M-Building, M-224
    • Visual Art Resource Center and Art Office: M-Building, M-223.

    • Art History courses are taught in multi-media (SMART) classrooms located throughout the college, but predominantly in the on the first floor, center corridor, of the "M" Building (Schenker Hall), Room M - 156.
    • Photography courses are taught in the photography studios located in the “B" Building. 
    • The art studios are available for individual use whenever classes are not scheduled. Materials are available from the supply room. Any questions involving studio use should be directed to:
    Gary Vollo

    Room M223

    Helmut Eppich
    Room M224

     Personal Portfolio

    Your portfolio lets others know what you know and what you can do. It is an ongoing record of your best creative achievements. For the Visual Arts student, it is the most important credential for successful transfer or employment.

    You should begin to build your portfolio in your first studio art course. The portfolio should show quality and variation. Quantity is not so important. Quality will be achieved through practice.

    Generally, your portfolio should emphasize drawing techniques, particularly drawing from the human figure. Examples of painting or photography or design or sculpture are also important. The work should be presented clearly, cleanly, and in a positive sequence. Generally, work does not need to be matted or framed. Sculptures should be photographed and sometimes digital images of drawings and paintings are required. Finally, your portfolio should show expressive and interpretive qualities that go beyond class assignments or basic problem-solving. In your Art and Design Seminar course you will also be encouraged to create an ePortfolio, an electronic compilation of your course work at LaGuardia Community College. Visual Arts Majors benefit from the ePortfolio, by allowing easy access of electronic images of your artwork to future academic instructors and institutions, as well as possible employers.

    Open Drawing Sessions from the life model will be available every Wednesday, 1:00 - 5:00P.M., during the Fall I and Spring I sessions. Check in Office M-223 for scheduled dates/location. Take advantage of this excellent opportunity to develop the quality of your portfolio.

    Studio Art Courses will generate many of the art works you will wish to include in your portfolio. However, to achieve true technical and expressive quality you will need to do more than your basic class assignments. Practice, experimentation and revision must occur to achieve excellence. As you complete your studies at LaGuardia plan extra time to practice each week. Generally you should plan to practice a minimum of two hours outside of class for every hour in class.

     Curriculum Overview

    Current Students

    Log in to the CUNY Portal to review your Degree Audit to find out what classes to take. Have questions about using Degree Audit? Visit LaGuardia’s Degree Audit page for tutorials and how-to guides.


    Prospective Students

    Review the Fine Arts Curriculum and the recommended course sequence below.



    The Fine Arts curriculum places emphasis on drawing techniques and visual fundamentals. There are two required courses in drawing and one in design. A third drawing course may be selected as an elective.

    Within the curriculum, it is possible for students to select concentrations in painting, sculpture or design. Two required art history survey courses provide an introduction to the major movements of world art. A third elective course in art history focuses on the arts of a particular culture or period. Recommended areas of study in the Liberal Arts include writing, literature, mathematics, science, history, and the humanities, providing indispensable cultural and practical background for the visual artist.


    Selecting Flexible Core Courses

    The courses you should take to satisfy the Pathways Flexible Core depends upon many factors, including: schools you are considering transferring to, your academic strengths and interests, and credits that you have earned from previous colleges. It is also important to note that some Pathways Flexible Core courses will also satisfy LaGuardia’s Urban Study requirement.


    Fine Art majors are advised to select the following courses:

    World Cultures and Global Issues    
    Fines Arts HUN 192  Art and Society 
    Media Studies  HUC 150  Art of Film 
    Philosophy HUP 105
    HUP 116
    HUP 121
    Philosophy of Religion
    Latin American Philosophy
    African Philosophy
    Eastern Philosophical Traditions
    Theatre HUT 210
    HUT 211
    Theater: Pre-History to the Renaissance
    Theater: Renaissance to Modern Times
    US Experience in its Diversity    
    Philosophy HUP 109  Philosophy of Law 
    Theatre  HUT220 Contemporary Latina/o Theatre  in the United States 
    Creative Expressions    
    Communication HUC 106
    HUC 140
    Public Speaking
    Introduction to Broadcasting
    Fine Arts HUA 101
    HUA 165
    HUA 166
    HUA 202
    HUN 195
    Introduction to Art
    Art History: Pre-historic through Gothic
    Art History: Renaissance through Modern
    Art of the 20th Century
    History of Photography
    Art in New York*
    Music HUM 101
    HUM 210
    Introduction to Music
    American Music
    Philosophy  HUP 107  Philosophy of Art 
    Theatre  HUT 101  Art of Theatre 
    Individual and Society    
    Philosophy HUP101
    Introduction to Philosophy
    Critical Thinking
    Ethics and Moral Issues
    Enviromental Ethics
    Medical Ethics 
    Communications HUC 117
    Introduction to Computer-mediated Communication 
    Scientific World     
    Philosophy HUP 112  Logic and Philosophy 

    *satisfies Urban Study requirement

     Recommended Course Sequence

    Planning Your Schedule

    As you register for courses and plan your schedule, carefully consider the sequence in which you take courses. Good planning will enhance your educational experience. Use the following list of suggestions and study plan as a guide.

    1. Take HUA 103 Beginning Drawing or HUA 104 Introduction to Design in your first semester.

    2. Take HUA 165 Art History: Prehistoric to Gothic or HUA 166 Art History: Renaissance through Modern in your first semester or as soon as you complete the basic skills prerequisites. HUA 165 is not a prerequisite to HUA 166, but it is preferable that you take HUA 165 first if possible. Never take both courses in the same semester.

    3. Do not take more than two studio art courses in the same semester.
    4. Take the New Student Seminar as soon as possible.

    5. Take HUA 180 Life Drawing after you have completed HUA 103 Beginning Drawing. Never take both drawing courses in the same semester.

    6. Never take HUA 180 Life Drawing and HUA 203 Intermediate Drawing in the same semester.

    7. Students registering for HUA 180 Life Drawing or HUA 203 Intermediate Drawing in the Fall I or Spring I session should make every effort to schedule additional drawing time on Wednesday afternoons, 1:00- 5:00P.M., when a free practice drawing session from the life model will be provided.

    8. Take the Art History elective course after you have completed HUA 165 and HUA 166

    Two Year Study Plan

    The following course sequence is recommended for students that started their studies Fall 2013 or later, or have opted in to the Pathways curriculum. If you began your studies prior to Fall 2013 and have not opted into Pathways you should refer to the College Catalog of the year that you began. If in doubt, please contact an advisor for assistance.

    First Year, Fall I

    Course Number Course Name Fulfills Credits
      New Student Seminar  program Core 
    HUA104  Introduction to Design Program Core 
    HUA165  Art History: Prehistoric though Gothic  Program Core 
    ENG101  English Composition  Required Core  3
      World Cultures and Global Issues  Flexible Core 
        Session Credits  12 
        Total Credits  12 

    First Year, Fall II

    Course Number Course Name Fulfills Credits
    HUA103  Beginning Drawing  Program Core 
        Session Credits 
      Total Credits  15 

    First Year, Spring I

    Course Number Course Name Fulfills Credits

    Studio Art elective  Program Core 
    HUA166  Art history: Renaissance through Modern  Programe Core 
    ENG102 Writing though Literature  Required Core 
      Life & Physical Sciences elective  Required Core 
        Session Credits  12 
        Total Credits  27 

    First Year, Spring II

    Course Number Course Name Fulfills Credits
      US Experience in its Diversity elective  Flexible Core 
        Session Credits 
        Total Credits  30 

    Second Year, Fall I

    Course Number Course Name Fulfills Credits
    HUA180  Life Drawing  Program Core 
      Mathematics and Quantitative Reasoning  Required Core 
      Intermediate Studio Art elective  Program Core 
      Creative Expressions elective  Flexible Core 
      Session Credits  12 
        Total Credits 42 

    Second Year, Fall II

    Course Number Course Name Fulfills Credits
      Scientific World elective Flexible Core 
        Session Credits 
        Total Credits  45 

    Second Year, Spring I

    Course Number Course Name Fulfills Credits
      Art History elective  Program Core 
      Individual and Society  Flexible Core 
    HUA289 Art & Design Seminar  Program Core 
      Flexible Core Elective     
        Session Credits  12 
        Total Credits 57 

    Second Year, Spring II

    Course Number Course Name Fulfills Credits
      Unrestricted elective  program Core 
        Session Credits 
        Total Credits  60 

    Elective Concentrations

    You may wish to focus your program of study in Fine Arts by selecting concentrations of elective courses beyond the five required core courses. These concentrations are:

    Fine Arts / SculptureHUA 106
    HUA 120
    HUA 220
    HUA 200
    HUN 192 
    Three-Dimensional Design
    Beginning Sculpture
    Intermediate Sculpture
    Art of the 20th Century
    Art and Society (Urban Study Course) 
    Fine Arts / PaintingHUA 110
    HUA 115
    HUA 210
    HUA 200
    HUN 192
    Beginning Painting
    Color Theory
    Intermediate Painting
    Art of the 20th Century
    Art and Society (Urban Study Course) 
    Fine Arts / PhotographyHUA 115
    HUA 130
    HUN 191
    HUA 202
    HUA 230 
    Color Theory*
    Beginning Photography
    Photo Journalism (Urban Study Course)
    History of Photography
    Intermediate Photography
    Applied Arts / Commercial Art HUA 106
    HUA 115
    HUN 191
    HUA 200
    HUA 203
    Three Dimensional Design**
    Color Theory
    Photo Journalism (Urban Study Course)
    Art of the 20th Century
    Intermediate Drawing

    *HUA 234 Color Photography may be substituted.

    **HUAl25 Introduction to Computer Art may be substituted.


    Cooperative Education

    Through the Humanities Department you can take advantage of our "Co-Op Internship Program," which provides meaningful work experiences at a variety of organizations.


    These internship/work experiences will help you to:

    1. Explore various career options or confirm career plans

    2. Learn real work situations

    3. Practice and strengthen interpersonal and technical skills.


    Prior to your internship, you must have completed all basic skills requirements; 15 college credits in the major; and, HUA 103 Beginning Drawing or HUA 104 Introduction to Design. 

     Additional Information

    While the College will provide some basic art supplies, materials and hand tools, you will need to purchase most of the art materials needed in your studio art courses.


    Textbooks are required for art and film history courses and are required or are optional, supplementary reading in some studio courses. These texts will be available in the College Bookstore. The College Bookstore, however, cannot provide a competitively priced range of art supplies, and it will be necessary for you to become familiar with the major art supply stores in the region.

    A listing of these stores follows. A listing of required materials will be provided at the first meeting of each studio course. A rough estimate for expenses of art supplies is as follows:


    Drawing courses $40 - $70

    Design courses $30-$50

    Color Theory $60-$80

    Painting courses $80 - $125

    Sculpture courses $30 - $60

    Photography courses $100 - $150

    (35 mm. camera required)


    Art Supply Stores

    Art supply stores in the New York area are as follows. Many stores will give discounts if you present your LaGuardia I. D. Card. Ask your instructor about the best prices.

    ManhattanQueens, Brooklyn, Nassau: 

    Art Station

    144 West 27th Street

    (212) 807 - 8000 (near F.I.T.)


    N. Y. Central Supply Co.

    62 Third Avenue

    (212) 473-7705

    (between 10th and 11th Streets)


    Sculpture House Casting

    155 West 26th Street

    (212) 645-9430

    (between 11th and 12th streets)


    Dick Blick Art Store

    1-5 Bond Street

    (212) 533- 2444

    (between Broadway and Lafayette)


    Artist & Craftsman Supply

    34-09 Queens Boulevard
    Long Island City, NY



    Jerry's Art-A-Rama

    248-12 Union Turnpike

    Bellrose, NY (7l8) 343 – 0777


    Finest Art Supplies

    2075 Utica Avenue (Avenue M)

    Brooklyn, N.Y.

    7l8) 951-9523


    Pecks Supply

    36- 18 Main Street

    Flushing, NY (7l8) 353-3896

    Zelda’s Art World

    2291 Nostrand Avenue (Avenue I)

    Brooklyn, NY

    (718) 353-3896