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.
Students who study the arts can:
As a regionally accredited college of the State University of New York, Empire State College offers the following degrees:
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.
Study concentrations in the arts include practice, history and criticism in fields such as:
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.