BACHELORS IN FINE ARTS: OVERVIEW
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 degrees at UNCG are liberal arts degrees
with a solid grounding in the humanities and sciences.
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
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) Learn more about a Concentration in Art Education
The Art Education program’s goal is to contribute to preparing K-12 art teachers for the future, fully aware of the needs of a global and diverse society, highly knowledgeable in their field, committed to diversity and multiculturalism, open to new ideas, and adaptable to change. Upon completion of the program, students will have developed advanced art studio skills, content knowledge of art history, education, art education theory and pedagogy from historical and contemporary perspectives, technology skills, and have had quality preparation in general education. In addition, the program aims to help develop in students and children, appropriate dispositions to include respect and acceptance of diversity in a creative, productive, and peaceful society.
The Art Education program adheres to the North Carolina Professional Teaching Standards, the SBE GOALS/21st Century Standards for children, the ISTE National Educational Technology Standards (NETS-T) and Performance Indicators for Teachers, the National Visual Art Standards, and the new North Carolina Standard Course of Study for the Visual Arts.
The Art Education concentration focuses on developing advanced studio skills, art history content, technology applications, preparation in liberal studies, and art pedagogy. Students enrolled in the Art Education program take courses in Studio Art, Art History, and Art Education, as well as courses in the School of Education. During the first two years, students concentrate on liberal education, art history, and studio requirements. The junior and senior years are spent meeting Art Education and Teacher Education requirements. Students observe teachers in the public schools during practicum courses in the junior year and student teach the last semester of their senior year.
Through this course of study, students are well prepared to become art teachers in the public schools. Upon the completion of all requirements for graduation and licensure, students are recommended for NC State “A” Licensure to teach. Students who already earned an undergraduate degree can enroll in the “A” Licensure program through the Teachers Academy.