School of Art and Design

Applications accepted for fall only.      NYSED: 00827     CIP: 50.0702

The Fine Arts AAS major offers students an extensive foundation in studio practice including courses in painting, drawing, printmaking and sculpture. Students also begin to place their own creative ideas within a larger historical and conceptual context through Art History courses and direct interaction with contemporary artists and exhibitions. The program lays the groundwork for upper-level work in Fine Arts, other and design related disciplines. Curriculum below is for the entering class of fall 2022. 

Semester 1Credits
MAJOR AREAFA 114 - Fundamentals of 3D Design New title: Fundamentals of 3D Design1.5
FA 120 - Materials, Techniques and Design1.5
FA 143 - Foundation Drawing I3
FA 151 - Painting I3
ART HISTORYHA 112 - History of Western Art and Civilization: Renaissance to the Modern Era3
GENERAL EDUCATIONchoice - see Requirements*3
Semester 2
MAJOR AREAFA 144 - Foundation Drawing II3
FA 152 - Painting II3
FA 161 - Sculpture I3
RELATED AREACD 234 - Color Studies2
ART HISTORYHA 231 - Modern Art3
GENERAL EDUCATIONchoice - see Requirements*3
Semester 3
MAJOR AREAFA 231 - Visualization and the Human Figure I1.5
FA 255 - Intermediate Methods and Approaches - Painting III3
FA 261 - Sculpture II3
FA 271 - Intaglio2
GENERAL EDUCATIONchoice - see Requirements*3
choice - see Requirements *3
Semester 4
MAJOR AREAFA 232 - Visualization and the Human Figure II1.5
FA 256 - Intermediate Methods and Approaches - Painting IV3
FA 272 - Relief Printmaking2
RELATED AREAPH 100 - Photography for Artists2
CT 200 - Content Design and Research2
GENERAL EDUCATIONchoice - see Requirements*3
choice - see Requirements*3
 Total Credits: 64

*Fall 2022 Requirements: See below.

FIT's General Education and Art History Requirements for Art and Design Associate Degree Programs:

  • Art History: 6 credits. HA 112 History of Western Art and Civilization: Renaissance to the Modern Era (3 cr.)and HA 231 Modern Art (3 cr.)
  • Three (3) credits from each required area, totaling 9 credits: G1, G2, and G3
  • Six (6) credits from two (2) different areas in non-HA liberal arts courses in G4–G10
  • Three (3) credits of any 200- or 300-level English literature or speech course

FIT's Gen Ed courses are organized into the following categories: G1 Basic Communication; G2 Mathematics; G3 Natural Sciences; G4 Social Sciences; G5 Western Civilization; G6 The Arts; G7 Humanities; G8 Foreign Language; G9 Other World Civilizations; G10 American History. 

See list of Gen Ed approved courses under FIT's General Education Requirements and Courses. An FIT Gen Ed course cannot be used to meet more than one General Education area.  

Upper Division Alternative(s):
Graduates of this program are eligible to apply for admission to the Bachelor of Fine Arts programs in Animation, Interactive Media & Game DesignFine ArtsTextile/Surface Design, and Toy Design.

Students who successfully complete the Fine Arts AAS program will be able to:

  1. Demonstrate competency in the principles of visual organization including scale, shape, color, form, value, proportion, abstraction, and composition as they apply to the disciplines of painting, drawing, sculpture, and printmaking at the foundation level.
  2. Utilize a variety of media, tools, and techniques.
  3. Successfully employ the three dimensions of color: hue, value, and chroma.
  4. Conceive, conceptualize, and execute works of art in both two and three dimensions.
  5. Make critical artistic judgments through class critiques and written assignments.
  6. Identify major achievements in the history of art, including the works and intentions of major artists both past and present.
  7. Demonstrate competency in basic art related digital technology software programs.