Unique offerings for artists and students in the Metro area

The Arts NYC program at SUNY Empire State College is a collaborative series of classes designed to connect students with the unique resources only available in New York City. Artists who are also studying can take advantage of specialized training, field study and partnerships with arts organizations in the Metropolitan area that are applied toward their bachelor’s degree.

With the help of a faculty mentor, students are able to design a curriculum that aligns with their personal interests and academic goals, while taking advantage of the rich, cultural and artistic community synonymous with life as an artist in New York City.

Currently, there are four available NYC Arts course work options to support a student degree plan in a specific concentration:

“More than just a degree, Empire State College helped me convert my life and professional experience into a career with academic possibilities.”– Paula Heredia ’05, Emmy Award-winning filmmaker.


Read more about studying film in New York City

Through the patient and attentive guidance of its remarkable educators, the college allowed me to reinvent myself. After 25 years in theater, I am now an artist/scholar pursuing my doctorate in Shakespeare studies.” – Simon Fortin ’03, Chancellor’s Fellow, English department\CUNY Graduate Center

Read more about studying performing arts in New York City

“This is one of the most important photography workshops in the Metropolitan area. It brings together a diversity of accomplished and interesting working photographers and scholars to create programs that offer an extraordinary educational resource and opportunity for students.” – Professor Bob Rogers, director, photography program, Queensborough Community College

Read more about studying photography in New York City

“The professors and my mentor were instrumental in the pursuit of my artistic craft and scholarly work. This collaborative engagement of experienced professionals promotes an exciting and motivating environment that resulted in endless possibilities, academically and creatively.” – Dennis Lee, ESC ’11, assistant adjunct professor, Fashion Institute of Technology

Read more about studying visual arts in New York City

Learn more about a degree in the arts:

Take the Next Step

Ready to advance your education and career? There’s no time like the present. Apply now, or learn more about SUNY Empire at one of our information sessions.