Students who want to study art yet also enjoy other academic interests are attracted to the Art and Visual Culture (BA) - Studio Art degree at Appalachian State University. This degree integrates studio art practice with a broad based, well-rounded liberal arts education.
This degree requires fewer studio courses than the Studio Art (BFA) degree but students can take courses in any of the following studio areas after completing the beginning foundation design and drawing requirements: clay, fibers, metalsmithing and jewelry design, painting and drawing, photography, printmaking and sculpture.
Students in this program are required to pursue a minor in a discipline outside of the visual arts, as well as study a foreign language.
Employment: Graduates move on to a variety of careers as small business owners, freelance artists, textile designers, art therapists and theater set designers.
Graduate School: Those who have pursued advanced degrees have been accepted into New York University, Appalachian State University, UNC Greensboro, Maryland Institute College of Art, School of the Art Institute Chicago, San Francisco Art Institute, East Carolina University, and The Adler Institute.
A minor is required. Popular choices include Studio Art with Portfolio Review, Studio Art without Portfolio Review, and Art History.
Engagement Outside the Classroom
AIGA | ASU - The student-led affiliate of AIGA, the Professional Association for Design.
Appalachian Ceramics Association - Works to provide ceramic artists with a productive environment that fosters exploration, experience and expertise in ceramics.
Appalachian State Printmaking Club - An organization that promotes printmaking and involvement in local, regional, national and international print events and opportunities.
Art History Club - An environment in which to discuss issues related to art history, and to prepare for careers in art history and related fields.
Arts Management Organization (AMO) - Seeks to promote professionalism and networking within the arts fields by increasing the awareness of the arts on Appalachian’s campus and in the community.
NAEA (National Association of Art Educators) Student Chapter - Promotes arts advocacy, professional development and leadership opportunities in visual arts education for the benefit of emerging educators in diverse communities.
Student Art League - An organization bridging the gap among the Department of Art’s many disciplines.
The Peel Literature and Arts Review - The university’s student-run literary arts publication that is produced three times a year.
Appalachian is committed to introducing students to different cultures and teaching them how to live and interact in a global society. In the Department of Art, faculty regularly take students on regional and national trips, as well as study abroad programs, to introduce them to the diverse world of art.
A portfolio is required upon declaring this major, which includes 10 images that document previous successful artwork.
- No portfolio required for entering freshmen.
- The BA degree allows the flexibility to add a second major or multiple minors to enhance career prospects.
- Internships offer students valuable networking and experience to help begin their careers. Often, BA students identify specific internships in their area of interest. However, students can pursue internships at the Center for Craft, Creativity and Design, the Greenhill Center for NC Art, Arrowmont School for Arts and Crafts, and the Weatherspoon Museum.
- Students can participate in Art Haus, a residential learning community where those interested in the visual arts live together during their freshman year.
- The Department of Art offers high-quality facilities for all of its degrees.
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On campus only
- Small business owners
- Freelance artists
- Textile designers
- Art therapists
- Theater set designers