The Arts

Study for a degree or a concentration in the arts develops and deepens your understanding of your particular artistic interest and enhances your ability to express your own concepts and ideas. You can focus on fine or graphic arts, performing arts, creative writing, media arts, art history or arts management while you explore historical and cultural context, theoretical and philosophical issues and current developments and perspectives related to art. Your studies will help refine your research skills, your artistic technique and your ability to form and communicate ideas, images and critical judgments. Together with a faculty mentor, you create a program to meet your specific needs and goals.

Why choose a degree in the arts?

Students who study the arts can:

  • increase their skills and techniques as fine/visual or performing artists
  • prepare for graduate school
  • advance in their current occupations in the arts world
  • teach
  • work in museums or galleries
  • become a graphic designer
  • work in media
  • work in film
  • become an art therapist
  • manage arts organizations.

Degrees Available

As a regionally accredited college of the State University of New York, Empire State College offers the following degrees:

  • Associate of Arts
  • Associate of Science
  • Bachelor of Arts
  • Bachelor of Science
  • Bachelor of Professional Studies.

Taking individual courses as a nondegree student is also possible and will offer you the same range and depth of courses and rigorous standards as matriculated undergraduate students.

Popular Concentrations

Study concentrations in the arts include practice, history and criticism in fields such as:

  • visual arts
    • sculpture
    • painting
    • crafts
    • photography
    • design
    • graphics
  • performing arts
    • dance
    • theater
    • music
  • media arts
    • film
    • video

You can focus on a single area such as painting, or create an interdisciplinary concentration that connects or combines perspectives exploring a theme or topic.

Additionally, special programs in the performing and the visual arts (the Studio Semester and the Photography Program) are offered at the Metropolitan Center in New York City.