The studio art program offers individualized instruction that helps students mature artistically and discover their personal artistic style and preferred medium (or media). Students learn to function creatively through a variety of experiences designed to help them gain an understanding of the artistic process and human culture. In addition to cultivating students’ artistic skills, the program instructs them on the basic business practices, legal rights and procedures, and presentation and marketing methods that lead artists to professional success.

Students pursuing a major in studio art should begin the major the first semester of the freshman year in order to avoid delays in graduation and allow time for internships and/or research studies.

Major in Studio Art
Students majoring in studio art are required to complete 58 credit hours, which include 27 hours of core arts curriculum and 31 hours of courses including drawing, design, studio practices and electives. Every studio art major presents a Senior Exhibition that demonstrates competency of media specific processes and techniques, and communicates mature concepts based on a knowledge of art history and contemporary criticism. Additionally, students are strongly encouraged to complete an internship.
Minor in Studio Art
The studio art minor offers students the opportunity to include a creative component in a well-rounded course of study. Students minoring in studio art are required to complete 21 credit hours of art, art history and elective courses.

Art Minors

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Studio Art Major – 58 credit hours

Core Curriculum – 27 credit hours

Required Major Courses

Art History elective – 3 credit hours
Art Electives – 15 credit hours
Art or art history electives with at least 9 credit hours in studio art course at the 300 or above level from the list below:

May count as upper level only with permission of Department Head

May count as upper level only with permission of Department Head


Curriculum requirements and course descriptions are subject to changes with each catalogue.

Contact Information
Beth Mulvaney
Head, Art Department
107-2 Gaddy-Hamrick
(919) 760-8332
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