Fine Arts

SUNY Adirondack offers an Associate of Science degree in Fine Arts, half of which can be earned online. Students will have the opportunity to study areas such as drawing, painting, two- and three-dimensional design, graphic arts, photography and art history.

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This is a program designed for transfer to a four-year college. Students benefit from small class sizes and dedicated faculty who are professional artists that exhibit locally and nationally.  Students will also have the opportunity to exhibit in the Visual Arts Gallery and meet with visiting artists and faculty from four year schools. Field trips to local galleries and museums, as well as to New York City and Boston, are available. Additionally, art-focused International Study trips to Europe and other areas abroad are offered. 


  • Open life drawing sessions
  • Exhibition opportunities
  • International Study Abroad opportunities, including: Italy, Guatemala, France and more
  • Studio and gallery work study and internships

Faculty websites:

John Hampshire, MFA     Professor of Art

Jeremy Entwistle, MFA     Adjunct Art Instructor

Victoria Palermo, MFA     Adjunct Art Instructor

Katherine Patterson, MFA     Adjunct Art Instructor

Stephen Tyson, MFA     Adjunct Art Instructor


SUNY Adirondack holds over 30 seamless transfer agreements with four-year colleges in New York and across the country. 

The most popular transfer institutions for this program are:

  • SUNY Plattsburgh
  • University at Albany
  • College of Saint Rose
  • SUNY Empire State
  • SUNY Potsdam
  • SUNY Oneonta

This program prepares students for further education and eventual careers in a number of fields. Upon program completion, students have gone on to academic programs and careers in:

  • Visual Art
  • Art Education
  • Art Therapy
  • Industrial Design
  • Graphic Design
  • Illustration
  • Interior Design
  • Theatre Design
  • Fashion Design
  • Museum Careers
  • Art Conservation and Restoration
  • Art Framing 
  • Art Criticism
  • Arts Management

Program Learning Outcomes

  1. Students will acquire basic drawing skills and an understanding of elements of art and principles of design.      
  2. Students will understand the nature of working in a studio environment and the level of personal responsibility in such an environment.
  3. Students will be prepared to engage in public discourse about issues of image making, including aforementioned elements and principles.  Students will be able to tie these concepts to observations about their artwork and the artwork of their peers.
  4. Students will develop a working knowledge of the history of art.
  5. Students will have a familiarity with and technical understanding of the use of materials involved with the making and preservation of artworks.
  6. Students will be able to focus more specifically and have a more developed awareness of studio practices in one or more of the following areas: drawing, painting, working with the human form, and printmaking.