The general Studio Art major is planned to give every student a basic experience and understanding of foundational skills in each traditional medium/category of art (Painting, Drawing, 3D Forms, Digital Photo, Computer Graphics), plus deeper understanding of color and form, and different techniques with a variety of media during Experimental and secondary levels of classes. As with all majors, there is a final capstone experience involving learning about and making contemporary work using new media. Then, all majors are required to exhibit their work in our main gallery at the end of their senior year.
The career opportunities are quite varied: some include design firms, event planners, interior decor, sign-design and/or painting, wedding and event photographer, ceramicist/potter, portrait artist, logo designer, museum docent/guide, camera person/videographer, caricaturist, concept artist, and gallery/art sales representative.
The 2D Concentration in Studio Art focuses more directly than the general Studio degree on using digital means to create, project, and publish imagery to various formats. It also has a dedicated course in Illustration that goes into the different genres where one would see specialized imagery for children, or for a range of books and movies, etc.
The career opportunities include many of those above, plus others, such as: book and magazine illustrator, font designer, advertising & marketing designer, fabric designer, photographer, photojournalist, visual presentations director/manager, web host, and gallery curator/installer.
The BFA in Painting and Drawing adds higher-level courses in a range of techniques and media, which push a more ambitious and impressive scale, and asks students to craft a more mature set of goals and intentions in their works.
The career opportunities include all of the above that are less digital-dependent, plus: museum/gallery work, portrait artist, landscape artist, any sort of fine artist using 2D media. The BFA is the perfect degree from which to pursue the MFA (Master’s of Fine Arts), which is the go-to degree for almost all major exhibiting professionals in the U.S. and across much of the world. That higher degree is also required for being a college professor.
We also offer the Art major with Licensure, for the requirements (pending passing state tests) to be hired as a public school art teacher in North Carolina. All our degrees and programs/concentrations in Visual Arts can be the grounding for teaching in the private school setting (as I did before teaching college).