The Department of Arts and Media
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, digital and 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.
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.
- Work in museums or galleries.
- Become a graphic designer.
- Work in digital arts.
- Work in media.
- Work in film.
- Become an art therapist.
- Manage arts organizations.
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.
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. Even if you’re not pursuing a degree, you can take courses to prepare for college-level study, stay current in your field or improve your job skills.