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Fine Arts

Fine Arts

Associate of Science
Humanities, Social and Behavioral Sciences

Why Study Fine Arts?

The study of art prepares students for Studio Arts and a wide variety of careers that produce the images and objects that infuse our daily lives. Hands-on art and art history courses provide a foundation for further study at the bachelor’s level in preparation for work in museums, colleges, architecture, or commercial art. RCC students develop a portfolio of their strongest work for transferring to bachelor’s degree programs in Fine Arts.

Occupational Objectives:

A Fine Arts degree can lead to a career as a professional artist or prepare for commercial fields as diverse as illustration, animation, scenic design, industrial design or art restoration. This degree prepares students for transfer to a four-year institution to complete a bachelor’s degree.

5 Top Reasons

To Study Fine Arts at RCC:

  1. VALUE: Affordable tuition, financial aid, scholarships.
  2. FLEXIBILITY: Online, evening and weekend courses. Part-time study can accommodate work, family, or other time commitments. Childcare center on-campus.
  3. SUPPORT: Well-equipped studios. Small class size with individualized attention. All art faculty are working artists with substantial teaching experience. Free tutoring is available for most academic subjects.
  4. OPPORTUNITIES: Travel to Art in Paris or Art in London, and study at Cambridge University is an option for students a 3.0 (B) grade point average.
  5. 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.

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.

Sample Courses:

  • Figure Drawing
  • Three Dimensional Design
  • Color Theory
  • Digital Art and Design
  • Painting I
  • Sculpture I


Degree Sheets Academics & Degrees 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, computer art, drawing, and art history. The Careers in Art course helps students understand the many fields open to them. Advanced courses further develop their abilities and help them to identify the media and conceptual challenges that best suit their talents.

Student Learning Outcomes:

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

  • Understand the history of art and how ideas and practice merge
  • Develop the ability to interpret contemporary theory and form
  • Understand the interdisciplinary nature of art in the contemporary world
  • Demonstrate the ability to critically analyze and evaluate examples of art
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