The NCCU Department of Art offers students the opportunity to earn their Bachelor of Art degree in Art. Students may choose to concentrate in Visual Communications, Studio, Art Education, or General Art Studies.
Each concentration provides challenging instructions in an intellectually stimulating environment where students become informed and well-rounded artists, designers, and teachers. In their first year all students must complete six foundation courses that are prerequisites for upper-level coursework.
Currently the largest program of study, this concentration prepares students for careers in graphic design, advertising, and the growing field of visual communications. Using computers and the latest software, students develop the knowledge to compete for jobs as designers and commercial artists in the marketplace. As digital imaging continues to impact most aspects of the advertising world, the department strives to include this technology in all major courses.
Beginning their second year with Typography and Graphic Design, students are offered a structured sequence of courses that expose them to current thinking, trends and methods in the field. Students who participate in our internship program and find freelance work are well prepared to find employment after graduation.
The department offers courses in Drawing, Design, Painting, Printmaking, Sculpture, Ceramics, and Crafts. After their foundation year, students may choose to focus on Drawing/Painting, Printmaking, Sculpture, or Ceramics.
During the next three years the studio experience is accompanied by a range of multicultural instruction in Art History, including Western and non-Western art from pre-history to the present. Like other concentrations, this curriculum is a cumulative sequence of coursework that provides a sound basis for creative exploration and critical thinking.
Philosophical ideas remain the basis for most of today's contemporary artwork, and these ideas reflect our complex society. Students are challenged to find their own voice and their own artistic style. After completing this degree, students are encouraged to pursue graduate study.
General Art Studies
For students who desire more flexibility and freedom, the department offers a variety of studio courses and electives. This concentration is less structured and gives students the opportunity to develop a more self- directed curriculum. Students who have identified their interest in art but have yet to define a specific direction may opt for this more generalized course of study.