Section Home

Department of Performing and Fine Arts

The Department of Performing and Fine Arts at York College offers degree programs in Studio Art, Art History, Music, Speech Communications / Theatre Arts, and Communications Technology.


"Styles upon styles upon styles is what I have,” boasts Queens-formed A Tribe Called Quest in their 1991 hit Buggin’ Out. Proud of the long history of artistic experimentation in the borough with innovative arts initiatives spanning over a century, the faculty of the Department of Performing and Fine Arts believe that the “styles upon styles upon styles” that propel artistic expression are fundamental to the health of society and the imagining of more just and equitable futures.

Under the founding ideals of our liberal arts college, we guide students in the making and performing of their own art imbued with an appreciation of the conceptual, historical, social, and cultural heritages which surround us

Our standards of excellence and inclusivity match our scope. We guide students in the cultivation of their individual interests, as well as in community-building for mutual support in the arts; we teach the intellectual, emotional, and imaginative rigors of creativity and impart technical skills, visual literacy, and the power of sensitive listening, close looking, and deep thinking. Opened to the possibilities of artistic engagement and free thought, students develop signature styles and voices, learning how to nurture and appreciate those of others to cultivate the sensibilities necessary to share the world and change with it for our collective flourishing.

Studio Arts, Music, Art History, Speech & Theatre and Communications Technology...

We’d like to know … 

“What’s your style?”

Advisement for New Majors

Please click your program tab for the contact information of your advisor. You may also contact the Departmental Chair, or stop by the PFA Office at AC-1A12 from 9:00 am - 4:00 pm, Monday - Thursday, or call (718) 262-2400. We look forward to speaking with you Soon!

Associate Professor Tom Marion, Chair PFA:

Professor Nina Buxenbaum:

Dr. Emily Verla Bovino:

Professor Michael Smith:

Dr. Carly Gieseler:

Professor Tom Marion:

Dr. Tom Zlabinger: