Students pursuing the BA degree in Art and Visual Culture with a concentration in Art History acquire a strong understanding of art history and visual culture on a global scale. In addition, students become familiar with the history of materials and image-making technologies and are able to critically consider their own artwork and scholarly research in conversation with a broader history of image-making.
The program has offered intensive study trips to museums and artist studios in Washington, D.C., New York City as well as sites in Europe, Africa and Mexico so students can experience firsthand some of the most important historical and contemporary works of art.
Employment: Graduates move on to a variety of careers as small business owners, gallery dealers, arts administrators, educators and curators in museums, galleries and other arts-related venues.
Graduate School: Those who have pursued advanced degrees have been accepted into Duke University, Harvard University, University of Florida, Virginia Commonwealth University, Tulane University, University of New Mexico and The School of the Art Institute Chicago, among others.
A minor is required. Popular choices are Studio Art, English, Anthropology, History, Philosophy and Business.
Engagement Outside the Classroom
AIGA | ASU - The student-led affiliate of AIGA, the Professional Association for Design.
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.
There are no admission requirements beyond admission to Appalachian State University.
- 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.
- 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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Dr. Jim Toub