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.
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:
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.
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.
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.
The Visual Arts Area is located on the second floor of the Main or "M" Building. These studios are as follows:
Room M223 718-482-5709
Helmut Eppich Room M224 718-482-5709
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
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
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.
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
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.
144 West 27th Street
(212) 807 - 8000 (near F.I.T.)
N. Y. Central Supply Co.
62 Third Avenue
(between 10th and 11th Streets)
Sculpture House Casting
155 West 26th Street
(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 BoulevardLong Island City, NY
248-12 Union Turnpike
Bellrose, NY (7l8) 343 – 0777
Finest Art Supplies
2075 Utica Avenue (Avenue M)
36- 18 Main Street
Flushing, NY (7l8) 353-3896
2291 Nostrand Avenue (Avenue I)
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.
Review Curriculum for Fine Arts and Design Studies, and see recommended course sequence below.
Coursework 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:
*satisfies Urban Study requirement