Fine Arts (A.S.)

2006 Chancellor's Award for Excellence in Teaching Thomas Lail
Associate Professor Thomas Lail - 2006 Chancellor's Award for Excellence in Teaching

The Fine Arts degree includes courses in design, drawing, painting, photography, art history and electronic arts. Introductory courses provide a challenging, intensive, hands-on learning experience.

You will have extensive access to Hudson Valley's studios, galleries and art facilities to encourage your exposure to art and hone your technical skills. Additional coursework builds upon and refines skills while further exploring the conceptual issues key to the fine arts.

This is primarily a transfer program as most graduates continue their education to complete a bachelor's degree and beyond.

The program guides you to master skills, to grasp the ideas behind those skills and to move on to a four-year program with the confidence that you are well-prepared.

This program is offered through the Fine Arts, Theatre Arts and Digital Media Department.

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Program Highlights

  • The drawing and painting studios, housed in a sun-washed wing of Hudson Hall, are accessible to those students enrolled in studio art courses only. Painting students are given dedicated space in which to work - even in Painting 1.
    : 8 a.m. - midnight, 7 days a week
  • The program faculty are working artists.
  • The Fine Arts Program offers both day and evening classes.
  • Students benefit from intense contact with faculty and unlimited studio hours.
  • This intensive program provides the foundation received during the first two years in art school at a much lower cost.
  • Students can experiment and experience the arts directly.
  • This program provides the foundation for: studio art, art education, graphic design and architecture.
  • Students go on annual trips to the Metropolitan and Museum of Modern Art in New York City, benefiting from Hudson Valley's close proximity to the city.
  • Students can take advantage of the college's 2,000-square-foot Teaching Gallery, which is located in the college's Administration Building.
  • Visiting artists exhibiting their work often make themselves available to the students through lectures and opening receptions for their exhibitions.

Scholarships Available Scholarships available.

Gallery of Student Works

Drawing and Painting
Drawing and Painting
Graphic Design
Graphic Design
Digital Imaging
Digital Imaging
Two-dimensional Design Student Works
Two-dimensional Design

Student and Alumni Accomplishments

Recent Works by Faculty


The fine arts are multi-faceted, and the college's program provides a solid foundation for continued study. Following the completion of higher-level degrees, graduates have pursued careers as working artists; others have moved into related fields like gallery management or community arts education.

Graduates of the program have continued their education at The University at Albany, Sage Colleges, SUNY New Paltz, School of the Art Institute of Chicago, Savannah College of Art and Design and SUNY College at Purchase.

Salaries vary based on position and degree attainment. Here are median salaries taken from the Bureau of Labor Statistics (as of 2015): Craft and Fine Artist, $45,080; Graphic Designer, $46,900; Art Director, $89,760.

The Center for Careers and Transfer offers Career Services and Transfer Services to all students.

For more information regarding this program, please contact:

Scott M. Hathaway
Department Chairperson
Fine Arts, Theatre Arts and Digital Media Department
Brahan Hall, Room 124
(518) 629-7347

For more information about admission to this program, please contact:

Admissions Office
Guenther Enrollment Services Center, Room 223
(518) 629-7309