Degree Type:
Associate Degree, Bachelor’s Degree, Minor
Mode of Study:
On Campus

Do you appreciate Botticelli, Ingres, Delacroix, Kandinsky, or Matisse? Does that sentence mean something to you? If so, you may enjoy earning a degree in Art concentrating in Painting. Pierre Auguste Renoir once said, “There isn’t a single person or landscape or subject which doesn’t possess some interest, although it may not be immediately apparent. When a painter discovers this hidden treasure, other people are immediately struck by its beauty.”

At Methodist University, we teach you how to stretch a canvas and mix colors. We also teach you to see the interest that Renoir is extolling. Your own creative point of view can then come through. And, although you may dream of your work hung in galleries so others can be “immediately struck,” this isn’t the limit to career options. Every work of art in a newspaper, magazine, book, or on a poster was created by an artist somewhere. It just took an appreciation to include it.

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.

Common Career Paths

Some of the top jobs for those with an Art bachelor degrees include art director, creative director, user experience (UX) designer, multimedia artist, animator, graphic design artist, and much more. 

Common Salary Ranges for Graduates

As mentioned above, there’s a long list of career opportunities for those with Art degrees. But, the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics reports the average annual salary for the following positions (which may require additional education) in North Carolina in 2021:

  • Arts, drama, and music teacher: $86,240
  • Art and design worker: $58,910
  • Art director: $115,430
  • Animator: $86,220

Average Tuition Cost

Tuition varies, depending on the type of graduate program in which a student is enrolled. On average, MU students receive more than $31,000 in aid to pay for tuition.

Scholarships & Financial Aid

Methodist University offers more than $24 million annually to students in scholarships. Ninety-seven percent of students receive some form of financial aid. If a student or a family member is in the military or a veteran, they may qualify for MU’s military education benefits.

Interested in Studying Art at Methodist University?

If you have questions, please contact Professor Vilas Tonape, whose contact info is at the bottom of the page, or you can apply now. Just click the button below!

Frequently Asked Questions

The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics reports the average annual salary for a graphic designer in North Carolina in 2021 is $59,970.

At Methodist University, we teach you how to stretch a canvas and mix colors. We also teach you to see the interest that Renoir is extolling. Your own creative point of view can then come through. And, although you may dream of your work hung in galleries so others can be “immediately struck,” this isn’t the limit to career options. Every work of art in a newspaper, magazine, book, or on a poster was created by an artist somewhere. It just took an appreciation to include it. 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.

Goals

  1. Upon completion of the course of study within an Art Department curriculum, students will demonstrate understanding of the history and theory of art,
  2. Demonstrate ability to identify visual art objects and relate them to their historical and cultural contexts,
  3. Demonstrate knowledge of vocabulary necessary to understand and discuss art,
  4. Demonstrate the ability to combine knowledge of art history and studio processes, and
  5. Demonstrate proficiency in at least one creative studio process.