The Arts

Through a degree in The Arts, you develop a deeper understanding of your particular artistic interest and better express your own concepts and ideas. You can focus on visual arts, performing arts, creative writing or arts management. You explore the historical and cultural context of art, its theoretical and philosophical issues, and its current developments and perspectives. Your studies will help refine your research skills, your artistic technique and your ability to form, express and communicate ideas, images and critical judgments.

Popular Concentrations in The Arts

Study options in The Arts include the practice, history and criticism in fields such as:

  • visual arts
    • sculpture
    • painting
    • crafts
    • photography
    • design
    • graphics
  • performing arts
    • dance
    • theater
    • music
  • film arts
    • film
    • video
    • photography

You can focus on a single art form, a theme or combine elements for an interdisciplinary concentration. Special programs in the visual arts are offered at the Metropolitan Center in New York City.

Why choose a degree in The Arts?

Students who study in The Arts are:

  • increasing their skills
  • preparing for graduate school
  • advancing in their current occupations in the arts world
  • laying the foundation and groundwork for future occupations in art education or therapy, as well as museum and gallery work

Sample Degree Programs

SUNY Empire State College students work closely with their mentors to design their own degree programs.

These sample degree program plans illustrate the degree program format and provide examples of some different types of individualized degree programs.