The purpose and mission of the Art Department is to serve the university by providing (1) art courses fulfilling the fine arts requirement for the General Education Core, (2) elective courses for all students, (3) B.A. majors and minors in studio arts, (4) the B.F.A. professional degree in Graphic Design, (5) special preparation for teaching art in the public schools, and (6) individual and group student exhibitions, held in David McCune International Art Gallery at the William F. Bethune Center for Visual Arts. Off-campus Fayetteville area venues for ancillary exhibits include The Arts Council of Fayetteville/Cumberland County, Cape Fear Studios, Olde Town Gallery, Gallery 208, Ellington White Gallery, and Gallery 113.
The Art Department is staffed by practicing artists and designers who regularly exhibit and/or publish their work.
The Art Department seeks students willing to work hard and perform with a degree of independence. Each student is encouraged to explore various media and techniques to provide a broad base from which to select and pursue his/her primary goal.
Demonstrated competency through actual performance is a basic criterion for being accepted and/or continuing in any of the programs. The exit evaluation assesses the student’s ability and promise as an artist, designer, or as a special subject teacher in art.
Bachelor Degree Programs in Art
Students seeking a Bachelor of Arts in Art must choose one of the following concentrations (or teacher licensure):
Requirements for the Minor in Art
18–24 s.h.— ARH 2530, and one of the following art history courses: ARH 2540, 3530, 3540, or ARH 4850, plus twelve hours (not to be taken in the same area) of studio to be chosen in consultation with the art faculty. ART 1010 and 2030 are prerequisites for all studio courses.
Requirements for the A.A. Concentration in Art
18–24 s.h.—ARH 2530 and ONE of the following art history courses, ARH 2540, 3530, 3540, or ARH 4850 Special Topics in Art History, plus twelve hours in studio (depending on the type of concentration) to be chosen in consultation with the art faculty. ART 1010 and 2030 are prerequisites for all studio courses.