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Majors & Concentrations

  • Art Education (K-12Lic) (BFA) U108
  • Art History (BA) U110
  • New Media & Design (BFA) U112
  • Painting (BFA) U113
  • Printmaking and Drawing (BFA) U887
  • Photography (BFA) U886
  • Sculpture (BFA) U115
  • Studio Art (BA) U105

About the Major

  • The Bachelor of Arts in Studio Art combines a liberal arts education with the development of studio skills. Students do coursework in art history and studio art. The concentration is flexible to allow students to focus on one area or explore a broad range of courses. All students entering UNCG as studio art majors must complete the Foundations Program (see below).
  • The Bachelor of Arts in Art History is a liberal arts program with emphasis on the visual rather than the verbal tradition. An undergraduate degree in art history offers students an excellent preparation for entry into the workforce or as a foundation for graduate or professional school. Students who wish to pursue a professional career in this discipline should plan to enter an M.A. or Ph.D. program after graduation. In preparation for doctoral work, students should acquire a fluent reading knowledge of two foreign languages; German and French are usually recommended.
  • The Bachelor of Fine Arts in Studio Art is a first professional degree for studio artists. Students are admitted to the program by portfolio review and upon completing the Foundations Program (see below) required of all studio art majors. The B.F.A. program embraces the significant cornerstones of studio practice: visual literacy, aesthetic understanding, and technical skill across all media. Once admitted to the B.F.A. degree, students may choose among these concentrations:
    • Painting
    • Printmaking and Drawing
    • New Media and Design
    • Photography
    • Ceramics and Sculpture
  • The Foundations Programis required for all students entering UNCG as studio art or art education majors. This program is designed to give each student a solid foundation in the technical and conceptual skills necessary to pursue upper-level coursework in studio art or art education. The Foundations Program includes Drawing I and II, Fundamentals of Design I and II, 3-D Foundations I and II, Life Drawing I, and the surveys of both Western and non-Western art (three semesters). Students interested in pursuing a B.F.A. degree in studio art or art education will apply to those programs by portfolio review in their third semester of the Foundations Program.
  • The Bachelor of Fine Arts in Art Education focuses on developing advanced studio skills, art history content, technology applications, preparation in liberal studies, and art pedagogy. Upon successful completion of the art education program, students are recommended for "A" teacher licensure. The program prepares undergraduates to become competent, dedicated, and effective art educators at the elementary (K-5), middle school (6-8), and secondary (9-12) levels. Students entering UNCG who wish to pursue a BFA in Art Education must submit to a portfolio review and successfully complete the Foundations Program.

Studio Foundations

The Foundations Program brings together students taking foundations coursework into groups that share similar schedules. It is an opportunity to build a sense of community among art majors, to provide intensive advising as students prepare for the portfolio review, and to offer activities - field trips, lectures, workshops, and studio visits - that enrich the students' experience and allow a broad perspective of the world of contemporary art and the critical issues it faces.

Academic Clubs and Organizations

  • Student Art League provides a forum for art students to meet and organizes activities for all art majors in the Department of Art.
  • National Art Education Associationfosters educational and professional development of prospective art teachers.
  • Coraddi, the fine arts magazine of the university, publishes student artwork in three editions each academic year.

What's Unique about Art at UNCG?

  • The Weatherspoon Art Museum, located near the Gatewood Studio Arts Building and home to the art history area, includes more than 6,000 works of 20th- and 21st-century American art. The Weatherspoon is recognized as one of the best museums in the Southeast and features an extraordinary schedule of rotating exhibitions. Art faculty members also have access to the collection for teaching purposes.
  • The Department of Art is housed in a beautiful new building with state-of-the-art facilities for all media. It also includes one of the largest and best-equipped foundries in the Southeast.

Student Opportunities

  • Internships are available for academic credit. Students are trained by professionals in positions related to their concentrations.
  • Several endowed scholarships are available for undergraduate art majors; students are encouraged to apply. For applications, visit the Art Department Office, 138 Gatewood Studio Arts Building.


  • Career options include teacher, museum curator, paper conservator and bookbinder, graphic designer, art administrator, freelance artist, Web designer, furniture designer, and studio artist.
  • Many graduates extend their degrees through master's programs or doctoral programs.

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