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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Garry Polmateer '99

Garry Polmateer '99

Alumnus Garry Polmateer talks about the impact his Fine Arts education had on his career. He endowed the Art for Good Scholarship with the college's Foundation in 2020.
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Career and Transfer Opportunities

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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.
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Salaries vary based on position and degree attainment. Here are median salaries taken from the Bureau of Labor Statistics (as of 2017): Craft and Fine Artist, $49,160; Graphic Designer, $50,360; Art Director, $84,220.
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Graduates have continued their education at The University at Albany, SUNY New Paltz, School of the Art Institute of Chicago, Savannah College of Art and Design and SUNY College at Purchase.
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“The Fine Arts community at Hudson Valley is something special.”

Get in Touch

Department or program information:

Scott M. Hathaway
Brahan Hall, Room 124

Program admission information:

Guenther Enrollment Services Center, Room 223
Regular Hours: Monday – Friday, 8 a.m. – 5 p.m.
Summer Hours: Monday – Friday, 8 a.m. – 4 p.m.