Fine Arts, AA

Room: C-Building, C-745

Phone: (718) 482-5690


The Fine Arts Program is for students pursuing careers in applied and commercial art. The curriculum is well-rounded, allowing students to develop their technical, problem-solving, and creative skills from a global perspective. All teaching faculty are professionals in their respective fields. Students are prepared for an immediate career or transfer to B. A. or B. F. A. programs in studio art or design at the senior colleges of City University, SUNY, and private institutions in the metropolitan area and out-of-state.

The Fine Arts General degree option is open to students of all levels wishing to pursue careers in art history, art education, illustration, graphic design, and fashion design, wanting to expand their technical and aesthetic knowledge and ability in the areas of painting, drawing, sculpture, design, printing, photography, and the history of art and film.

Are You Interested In...

  • Building a network of creative/ talented individuals?
  • Teaching art at the Elementary, Secondary, or College level?
  • Working in art-related institutions such as museums, galleries, or artist studios?
  • Starting your own business?
  • Learning to curate an exhibit from beginning to end?
  • Learning how to appraise a work of art?
  • Illustrating your own comic/ graphic novel?

Skills You Will Learn

  • Technical skills in 2D (drawing, painting) and 3D mediums (sculpture, 3D design).
  • Color theory.
  • Creating visual works that reflect knowledge of material and conceptual issues in design and artmaking.
  • Analyze artmaking and artists in a global, historical, and contemporary context.
  • Business aspects of art, art/market: how to organize an exhibit, write an artist’s statement.
  • Creating both an art portfolio and a digital portfolio for professional presentation/job placement.
  • Leadership, teamwork, and how to work with a diverse population of clients.

What makes this major unique?

The Fine Arts and Fine Arts (Design option) degrees provide a balanced approach to theory and practice. Our students receive a hands-on education that offers unlimited opportunities to develop as creative thinkers. Our curriculum is structured around a combination of pedagogies which include integrative and Learner-centered. Art is intertwined with many disciplines. It is not a coincidence that our former students are not only working as artists but as art directors, art handlers, art assistants, art educators, graphic designers, illustrators, animators, art therapists, and fashion designers. Others have completed BFA and MFA programs at top-rated senior colleges, some receiving full scholarships.

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Career Possibilities

Taking advantage of our location in Long Island City and proximity to the artistic hub that is NYC, our students are exposed to art from a global international lens. Students have the opportunity of internships in such world-renowned institutions as the Museum of Modern Art (MoMA) and the Folk Art Museum. Moreover, various stipends and scholarships, such as the Joseph Scholarship, allow students the once-in-a-lifetime opportunity of taking two workshops in Anderson Ranch Arts Center in Snowmass Village, Colorado, an internationally acclaimed art space. Semester-long Mural internships, where alums and current students collaborate with faculty and staff in creating an artistic space that reflects the diversity of our community, put our students at the forefront of the artmaking process from its inception to completion. Thus, our program equips students with the experiential learning opportunities and practical skills they will need to succeed academically and professionally.

  • Architectural Assistant
  • Interior Design Assistant
  • Art Technician
  • Art Teaching Assistant
  • Art Handler
  • Graphic Designer
  • Illustrator
  • Gallery or Museum Curator
  • Art Director
  • Art Teacher (Elementary)
  • Set Designer
  • Forensic Artist
  • Fashion Designer
  • Art Professor
  • Art Historian
  • Art Conservator
  • Art Therapist

Transfer Possibilities

  • School of Visual Arts (SVA) – BFA in Fine Arts
  • Queens College – BFA Studio Art/BFA Graphic Design
  • Hunter College – BA/BFA Studio Art
  • Brooklyn – BFA Studio Art
  • City College – BA/BFA Electronic Design & Multimedia
  • Fashion Institute of Technology – BFA Studio Art/BFA Fashion Design
  • Purchase – BFA in Studio Art
  • Pratt – BFA Studio Art
  • Art Institute of Chicago – BFA Studio Art
  • Massachusetts College of Arts & Design (MassArt) – BFA-Animation/ Architecture/ Art Education/ Art History/ Fashion Design/ Furniture Design/ Illustration
  • Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts (PAFA) – BA/BFA Fine Arts
  • The Savannah College of Art & Design (SCAD) – BFA Animation/ Architecture/ Art Education/ Art History/ Fashion Design/ Graphic Design/ Illustration/ Interior Design
  • New York Institute of Art & Design – BFA Interior Design

Degree Requirements


English: 6 credits

  • ENG101 English Composition I – 3
    (or ENA101 depending on placement scores)
  • ENG102 Writing through Literature – 3

Mathematical and Quantitative Reasoning: 3 credits

Select one course from the following – 3

  • MAT107 Mathematics and the Modern World
  • MAT123 Modern Problem Solving (Depending on placement)
  • MAT115 College Algebra and Trigonometry
  • MAT117 Algebra and Trigonometry (Depending on placement)
  • MAT120 Elementary Statistics
  • MAT119 Statistics with Elementary Algebra (Depending on placement)

Life and Physical Sciences: 3 credits

Select one course from the following – 3

  • SCB101 Topics in Biological Sciences
  • SCC101 Topics in Chemistry
  • SCP101 Topics in Physics
  • SCP105 Life in the Universe
  • SCP140 Topics in Astronomy

B. FLEXIBLE CORE: 18 Credits

Select one course from each of the five flexible core categories AND one additional course from any flexible core category.

  • World Cultures and Global Issues
  • US Experience in its Diversity
  • Creative Expression
  • Individual and Society
  • Scientific World


Students are advised to select one Urban Study course to complete college requirement. To complete the degree requirements from the Flexible Core, students are advised to select courses from the recommended course selections listed on the program website. Note: Students can select only two courses from any one discipline.

Courses Credits
Fine Arts: 21 Credits
FAF101 First Year Seminar for Fine Arts 3
HUA103 Beginning Drawing 3
HUA104 Introduction to Design 3
HUA165 Art History: Prehistoric Through Gothic 3
HUA166 Art History: Renaissance Through Modern 3
HUA180 Life Drawing 3
HUA289 Art and Design Seminar 3
Select one of the following courses: 3 Credits
HUA106 Three-Dimensional Design 3
HUA110 Beginning Painting 3
HUA115 Color Theory 3
HUA120 Beginning Sculpture 3
HUA130 Beginning Photography 3
HUA150 Beginning Printmaking 3
HUA185 Illustration 3
Select one of the following courses: 3 Credits
HUA203 Intermediate Drawing 3
HUA210 Intermediate Painting 3
HUA220 Intermediate Sculpture 3
HUA285 Graphic Narrative 3
Select one of the following courses: 3 Credits
HUA196 Latin American Art History 3
HUA200 Art of the Twentieth Century 3
HUN195 Art in New York: A Museum/Gallery Seminar 3
HUA202 History of Photography 3
HUA215 Art of the Renaissance in Italy 3
HUA216 Art of Africa, Oceania and Pre-Columbian America 3
HUC150 The Art of Film 3
HUP107 The Philosophy of Art 3
HUA294 Experiential Learning

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