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Fine Arts

Fine Arts

SUNY Erie's Fine Arts A.S. degree is designed to facilitate transfer into four-year B.A. and B.F.A. programs for Studio Art, Graphic Design, Art Education, and/or Photography. The Fine Arts A.S. degree provides students with an excellent foundation that focuses on developing observational / interpretative skills and proficiency in drawing, 2D and 3D design, painting, digital foundations, and photography.

Students studying art engage in creative problem solving, critical thinking, sequential skill building and develop persistence and focus. These are all skills that help students excel whether they choose to continue their education or enter the workforce.

Students pursuing the Fine Art A.S. degree will complete all SUNY GER requirements and all relevant SUNY transfer paths, creating a degree that is highly transferable to four-year institutions for a variety of majors. The Fine Arts A.S. degree's core courses and most electives are offered at all three campuses. There is campus specialization in certain areas. Students are encouraged to take courses at any of the three campuses as needed to meet their individual goals and interests.

Art courses will continue to serve the college as a whole and are also open to students who are interested in art but may not wish to pursue it as a major.

Program Competencies

Upon completion of the Fine Arts, A.S. program, students will be able to:

  • apply the elements and principles of art and design;
  • create works of art using a variety of techniques, technologies, and media;
  • demonstrate creative problem solving;
  • exhibit critical thinking skills in the production of art and design projects; and
  • identify a diverse range of art historical periods, cultures, and styles.

Articulation Agreements/Transfer Agreements

  • SUNY Buffalo State College: Studio Art B.A.
  • SUNY Buffalo State College: Art Education B.F.A. / Communication/Graphic Design B.F.A / Fine Arts B.F.A. Successful portfolio review required.
  • SUNY Fredonia: Visual Arts and New Media B.A. Successful portfolio review required.
  • Niagara University: Art History and Museum Studies B.A.


Total Degree Credits: 60.0

First Year, Fall Semester
AT 200 - Art Drawing I Credit Hours: 3
AT 230 - Design I Credit Hours: 3 
AT 281 - Art History I Credit Hours: 3
EN 110 - College Composition Credit Hours: 3 
SUNY General Education Math Credit Hours: 3

First Year, Spring Semester
AT 201 - Art Drawing II Credit Hours: 3
AT 231 - Introduction to 3D Design Credit Hours: 3
AT 282 - Art History II Credit Hours: 3
EN 111 - Composition and Interpretation of Literature Credit Hours 3  
SUNY General Education Science Elective Credit Hours: 3

Second Year, Fall Semester
AT 260 - Digital Art and Design Credit Hours: 3*
AT Elective Credit Hours: 3
AT Elective or Art-related Elective Credit Hours: 3 
SUNY General Education Requirement Credit Hours: 3***
Humanities Elective (not AT) Credit Hours 3*

Second Year, Spring Semester
AT 288 - Art and Design Practices Credit Hours: 3
AT Elective or Liberal Arts Elective Credit Hours: 3
AT Elective or Open College Elective Credit Hours: 3
AT Elective or Open College Elective Credit Hours: 3
Humanities Elective (not AT) Credit Hours: 3
SUNY General Education Social Sciences Elective Credit Hours: 3


* SUNY Transfer Paths 

  1. Art Studio
  2. Design: Design elective is also required
  3. Art Education: Two sequential Foreign Language courses. Please talk to an art advisor for optimal transfer recommendations.

** Course must fulfill the respective SUNY General Education Knowledge Area.

*** 7th SUNY Gen Ed requirement - Choose from American History, Western Civilization, Other World Civilizations or Foreign Language

Available At:

City Campus
North Campus
South Campus

Recommended H.S. Courses and/or Experiences:

HS or HSE (High School Equivalency) Diploma

Career Opportunities/Further Education:

Transfer to Bachelor's Degree Program in Studio Art, Graphic Design, Photography, Art Education, Art Therapy, Art History, Museum Studies

Hegis Code:


Curriculum Code:



Liberal Arts
Fine Arts

Need Help?

Liberal Arts and Science – Humanities

Nathan Naetzker
City Campus
Room 304A
121 Ellicott Street
Buffalo, NY 14203
P: (716) 851-1906
Michelle Michael-Lippens
North Campus
Room G113
6205 Main Street
Williamsville, NY 14221
P: (716) 851-1577
Carmen Aquila
South Campus
Room 2220D
4041 Southwestern Blvd.
Orchard Park, NY 14127
P: (716) 851-1619