The Ceramics & Sculpture curriculum offers a full range of courses that expose students to fundamental precepts of sculpture through advanced concepts. Fully equipped woodshop, ceramics, and clay modeling studios are available for student projects, while wood and stone carving take place on the surrounding grounds exterior to the studios. Central to our sculpture area is the largest foundry in the Southeast where students are introduced to metal casting and fabricating. Working in teams, the students are instructed on the multifaceted processes of pouring iron, bronze and aluminum. M.I.G., T.I.G. and A.R.C. welding are offered, enabling students to construct small-scale sculptures.
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.
Students in the B.F.A. Painting Program have the opportunity to work with nationally and internationally known artists and art historians of the Department's permanent faculty. Opportunities to work from observation, to work theoretically and conceptually and in various media are provided in Advanced Painting classes. Subject matter (landscape, figuration) and content are explored experientially and conceptually in Variable Topics in Painting courses. Students are particularly encouraged to participate in dialogues with faculty and each other in these courses.
The photography concentration at The University North Carolina Greensboro 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 defend their working process both technically and conceptually. The photography concentration at UNCG 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.
The Printmaking and Drawing Concentration offers 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.
The Art Education concentration offers two tracks: Art Education I, General Art, offers academic breadth; Art Education II, Studio, offers a concentration in a studio discipline. 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.
The Art Education concentration focuses on developing advanced studio skills, art history content, technology applications, preparation in liberal studies, and art pedagogy.
The Art History Concentration is an academic, liberal arts program with emphasis on the visual rather than the verbal tradition. Students who wish to pursue a professional career in this discipline should plan to enter a PhD 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 Studio Art concentration combines a general arts education with the development of studio skills. Coursework is done 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.
Choosing a Studio Art Degree: BA vs. BFA
The BFA degree is for students who are serious about pursuing careers as artists or art professionals. The BFA in Studio Art is a pre-professional degree leading to the MFA or directly to a career in the visual arts. While studio intensive, the BFA at UNCG is also a liberal arts degree with a solid grounding in the humanities and sciences.
The BA in Studio Art is a flexible degree, which combines a strong liberal arts education with studio practice. In addition, a BA is ideal for those students interested in a range of post-graduate fields and art related professional careers.
Depending upon the chosen secondary field of study, both the BA and the BFA studio degrees allow some flexibility for students to complete a double-major.
How do I choose which degree is right for me? These questions can help:
What do I want to do after I graduate?
Students who wish to do the following should pursue a BFA
- Attend graduate school in art (earn an MFA)
- Work professionally as an artist
- Teach art at a college or university— Students interested in teaching art at a college or university must complete an MFA to be qualified for such positions.
- Teach art in K-12 schools (requires teaching licensure) –a BFA in Art Education leads to K-12 Art teaching licensure in NC
- Work in a variety of arts-related professional fields such as commercial arts, arts entrepreneurship and community development, arts organizations or non-profits, like museums and galleries.
Students who wish to do the following should pursue a BA
- Attend graduate school in a non-studio art field
- Engage a broader selection of fields
- Combine the visual arts with other career aspirations
I’m interested in working in a commercial setting, do I still need a BFA?
Yes, in most cases. The BFA prepares you to be a professional artist, which also means in commercial settings.
Students with BFA degrees are prepared to do any of the following professional, commercial art careers, depending upon their area of degree concentration (Photography, New Media and Design, Sculpture, Painting and Drawing and Printmaking):
Photographer, metal fabricator, foundry owner/operator, sculpture technician, mold maker or sculpture construction, muralist, art supply specialist, art mover, web designer, graphic designer, motion graphics designer, printer, independent art instructor, gallery owner, museum or gallery preparator, videographer
I’m interested in focusing on more than one area of studio art, which degree should I choose?
The BA will enable you to focus in more than one area, however, within many of the BFA degrees you have enough art electives where you can create a secondary area.
Remember, the most important, overriding decision in terms of choosing a degree is what you want to do when you graduate. If you wish to go to graduate school in art and/or work professionally as an artist or art teacher, you should choose the BFA.