Studio Arts AFA

Develop and explore creative possibilities in art!

Students develop and expand on their artistic vision in courses such as:
Two-Dimensional Design, Three-Dimensional Design, Drawing I, Drawing II, Figure Drawing, Color Theory, Painting I, Painting II, Watercolor Painting, Art History I, Art History II, Introduction to Contemporary Art, Gallery Management, Portfolio and Presentation, and Art in Context.

The Studio Arts program will prepare you for continued study and professional work in various areas of studio art including fine arts, art history, and gallery management.


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Courses in Studio Arts lay the foundation for your creative vision.

Graduates from the Studio Arts Program continue to succeed.
Dimoy Wilson
When I began taking art classes at HCCC, I was not very familiar with art and art history. The art classes at HCCC, taught by amazing professors, inspired me to learn and make art. They helped me grow as an artist, expanding my knowledge of the art world. After I graduate from HCCC, I plan to continue my studies in art.  I want to use art to help people overcome personal challenges. I also plan to continue making and exhibiting my artwork.
Dimoy Wilson
Studio Arts AFA Graduate, 2020

Dimoy creates narrative paintings and drawings in graphite and acrylic paint that explore a variety of personal and societal issues. After graduating from Hudson County Community College in Fall 2020, Dimoy plans to attend New Jersey City University to continue his studies in art and earn a degree in art education or art therapy. 

Studio Arts
Studio Arts A.F.A.


The two-year Associate in Fine Arts-Studio Arts (AFA) degree program provides students with a solid foundation in the visual arts. HCCC studio arts majors take a series of courses in drawing, design, color theory and art history as well as electives in other studio disciplines. In the final semester of study, students learn how to present their portfolios to four-year colleges and universities and potential employers. In addition, AFA students take general education courses in order to develop important skills in communications, research and computer technology. Other courses in the humanities and the social sciences are designed to broaden knowledge essential for a successful career in the arts.



When I first applied to Hudson County Community College, I had no idea what I wanted to do with myself. But soon after getting to know the professors in the Art Department and seeking their guidance, I was able to develop and grow as an artist. I have found my passion for painting; it has already taken me places I could have never imagined. I believe art and design can be a very powerful tool that needs to be shared with other people.
Lyndi Pagan
Studio Arts AFA Graduate, 2019

After graduating from HCCC, Lyndi Pagan transferred to New Jersey City University to pursue a BFA. in Illustration. She is also working to become a certified teacher. Lyndi hopes to one day publish children's books. Currently, Lyndi is researching and working on a new series of illustrations focusing on some of the historical landmarks of Jersey City.  



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Contact Information

Laurie Riccadonna
Professor/Coordinator of Studio Arts
(201) 360-4678