Fine Art

Associate of Science

Division: Arts and Humanities

Division Chair: Stephen Burke,

Department Chair: Eileen MacAvery Kane,

Department Support Staff: Amy Frank,

Educational Support Staff: Lili Grady,, Lena Hyun,

Department Office: Cultural Arts Center, Room 7111, Phone: 845-574-4268

Why Study Art?

The study of Fine Arts prepares students for a wide range of careers that produce the images and objects that infuse our daily lives. Hands-on studio art and art history courses provide a foundation for further study at the Bachelor's level. RCC students develop a portfolio of their strongest work for transfer to undergraduate programs in Fine Arts. A Fine Arts degree can lead to a career as a professional artist. educator or in commercial fields such as illustration, animation, scenic design, industrial and package design, interior design and art restoration. This degree prepares students for transfer to a four-year institution to complete a bachelor's degree.

Related disciplines include Communication Media Arts, Communication/Speech Studies, Visual and Performing Arts, Photography, and Graphic Design.

Degrees Offered:

Occupational Objectives:

A Fine Arts degree can lead to a career in many fields as diverse as illustration, animation, scenic artist, interior design, fashion design, graphic novels, comic book illustrator or art restoration.

5 Top Reasons

To Study Art at RCC:

  1. VALUE: Affordable tuition, financial aid, scholarships
  2. TRANSFER: The AS in Fine Arts meets the requirements to pursue a range of four-year degrees. High Achieving RCC graduates transfer to IVY League and other top schools.
  3. FLEXIBILITY: Online, evening and weekend courses. Part-time study can accommodate work, family, or other time commitments. Childcare center on-campus.
  4. CAREER: Internships provide real-world experience.
  5. SUPPORT: Well-equipped studios. Small class sizes with individualized attention. All art faculty are working artists with substantial teaching experience. Free tutoring is available for most academic subjects.

Opportunities at Rockland Community College:

More than 40 student clubs offer a rich campus life, with art-related trips to NYC galleries and museums. Three art degrees (AS in Photography and AAS in Graphic Design and Computer Graphics) offer students the option of combining art courses to build a uniquely fitted visual arts skill set. There is Outlook, the award-winning student newspaper, and Impulse, the award-winning publication for original artwork and writing. High-achieving students may enroll in Honors Art History courses.

Program Goals:

To provide talented and motivated young artists with the knowledge and skills needed to help shape their future and best fulfill their passions and abilities. The foundation program provides solid experience in two-and three-dimensional design, photography, digital art, drawing, and art history. The Careers in Art course helps students understand the many fields open to them. Advanced courses further develop heir abilities and help them to identify the media and conceptual challenges that best suit their talents.

Program Learning Outcomes:

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

  • Recognize and analyze through oral and written communication the contributions fine artists have made from a variety of global perspectives including diversified cultures and societies throughout history
  • Apply creative and technical abilities in a variety of fine arts media such as drawing, painting, printmaking, photography and design
  • Use critical thinking to produce effective visual media through theory and form
  • Evaluate and analyze visual media according to established criteria using appropriate terminology
  • Create a portfolio for personal and professional use in the workforce or future studies