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). Students apply to the BFA in Art Education after completing the Foundations program. Learn more about a Concentration in Art Education.
The BFA in Studio Art is a pre-professional degree leading to the MFA or directly to a career in the visual arts as an artist or arts professional. While studio intensive, the BFA at UNCG are is a comprehensive degree with a solid grounding in the humanities and sciences. Students in the BFA in Studio Art program concentrate in Ceramics and Sculpture, New Media and Design, Painting, Printmaking and Drawing, or Photography, with a new Animation concentration planned for Fall 2022. Students apply to study in a BFA Studio Art concentration after completing the Foundations program.
The Sculpture curriculum offers a broad range of courses in three-dimensional studies that expose students to fundamental precepts through advanced concepts and innovation in sculpture. The curriculum is built upon a progressive sequence of courses designed to expand and deepen educational experiences in research, idea, and skill development, combined with art history, theory, and criticism. A wide variety of techniques, materials, and processes is available in the concentration. Learn more about a Concentration in Ceramics and Sculpture
Studio experiences emphasize traditional and contemporary creative approaches. Students fabricate in metal; model in clay; cast in plaster, bronze, aluminum, and iron; carve in wood and stone; and manipulate multimedia.
In addition to studio assignments and self-directed projects, students attend visiting artist lectures on campus, in galleries, and in museums to acquire a broader framework for understanding contemporary art issues. The overarching goals for the sculpture concentration are to foster individual student interests and personal sensibilities, and to prepare students for advanced studies in graduate programs.
The New Media and Design year begins with a series of foundation courses in drawing, visual language color theory, photography and digital imaging. This foundation balances the progressive building of conceptual and technical skills with creative problem solving, and prepares students for advanced courses in digital video and photography, web design, graphic design, animation and related topics. Advanced Design students are encouraged to innovate new forms, expand media and disciplines, and work toward personal expression and understanding. All studios are state-of-the-art and fully equipped with the latest hardware, software, and peripherals. Learn more about a Concentration in New Media and Design
The Painting concentration embodies the significant cornerstones of studio practice: visual literacy, aesthetic understanding, and technical skills. The curriculum offers a broad range of materials, techniques, and processes in its representational and non-representational approaches to art making. A wide variety of media and genres are explored. Theories, method and studio practices representing recent trends in painting are emphasized. Our faculty is very diverse, spanning a broad range of styles and approaches in both their work and in their teaching. We encourage our students to participate in dialogues with faculty and each other. Learn more about a Concentration in Painting
Disciplines inherent in the Painting concentration include Drawing and Printmaking. Foundation-level courses focus on a greater understanding of pictorial principles and design through still life, landscape, interior and invented motifs. Observational analysis, spatial relationships, and compositional strategies are emphasized in the progressive stages of the curriculum. Intermediate life drawing courses focus on the human model and the representation of form and structure in a composed space. Advanced courses concentrate on the exploration of ideas and images to develop and encourage personal expression.
The Printmaking and Drawing concentration offer the opportunity to explore one of the most exciting areas of contemporary art. The concentration provides a comprehensive education in printmaking, drawing and mixed media that fosters innovation while sustaining traditions. By exploring traditional and nontraditional approaches in printmaking, drawing and mixed media, such as the integration of digital media, students develop a diverse set of technical skills and expand their conceptual vocabulary while discovering methods for personal creative expression and the development of ideas. Faculty encourages experimentation and interdisciplinary approaches to art making. Learn more about a Concentration in Printmaking and Drawing
The School of Art’s Visiting Artists Program supports the Printmaking and Drawing Concentration by introducing students to a diverse group of artists brought in to teach, exhibit and critique student work. The Weatherspoon Art Museum expands our classrooms through an active exhibition schedule of internationally recognized artists, a vibrant artist talk series, and through its vast collection of paintings, drawings and prints.
The Photography concentration is dedicated to providing students with knowledge of digital, analog and alternative photographic processes. Students are expected to think critically, to participate fully in group critiques, and to defend their working process both technically and conceptually. The Photography concentration is a fine art program, which refers to photographs that are created in accordance with the creative vision of the photographer as artist. Fine art photography stands in contrast to commercial photography, the primary focus of which is to advertise products or services. Learn more about a Concentration in Photography
Animation is an art form in its own regard and it draws upon a range of creative visual and technical skills, some of them quite specific to this field, while others are intertwined with more traditional art forms like drawing, design, photography, and even sculpture and painting. Learn more about a Concentration in Animation