The Studio Art (BFA) degree at Appalachian State University develops the skills, concepts and creative sensitivities essential for students to become professional artists. The program offers in-depth study in foundations, design, drawing, and beginning studio courses. Students then select an area for intensive study, choosing from the following concentrations: clay, fibers, metalsmithing and jewelry design, painting and drawing, photography, printmaking and sculpture.
The senior year culminates in a multidisciplinary Senior Seminar/Studio experience that includes a group exhibition.
Students benefit from a comprehensive schedule of courses, selected topics courses, visiting artist lectures, workshops, independent studies, and internships that expose them to a broad range of artistic expression, while inviting them to develop their own studio activity. Cross-disciplinary and multi-media approaches to work are encouraged.
Employment: Graduates move on to a variety of careers as small business owners, freelance artists, textile designers, art therapists and theater set designers, among other arts-related professions.
Graduate School: Students have continued their education at graduate schools across the U.S., including The University of Florida, Clemson, Georgia State University, New York 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.
Studio Art with Portfolio Review, Studio Art without Portfolio Review, 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 - 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 brid ging 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.
A portfolio is required upon declaring this major, which includes 10 images that document previous successful artwork.
- No portfolio required for entering freshmen.
- Internships offer students valuable networking and experience to help begin their careers. Many students have interned with individual artists, but recent internships also include: Zea Mays Printshop, Robert Blackburn Printshop, the Center for Craft, Creativity and Design, Greenhill Center for NC Art, Arrowmont School for Arts & Crafts, and Gaines Kiker Silversmith/Goldsmith.
- The Residential Learning Community called Art Haus is where students interested in being creative live together.
- The Department of Art offers high-quality facilities for all of its degrees.
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Method of Delivery
On campus only
- Small business owners
- Freelance artists
- Textile designers