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About the Department of Art

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 or Art Studies.

Each concentration provides challenging instruction in an intellectually stimulating environment where students become informed and well-rounded artist, designers, and teachers. In their first year, all students must complete six foundation courses that are prerequisites for all upper level coursework.

Why study art at North Carolina Central University

As a part of the College of Liberal Arts at NCCU, the Art Department offers rigorous programs in Art. Talented students engage in enriching their knowledge and visual experiences while completing a set number of multidisciplinary courses.

The Art program major concentrations are Visual Communications, Studio Art, and Art Studies. Classes with low teacher-to-student ratios promote wholesome and nurturing interaction between faculty and students. Both programs contain art history courses where students receive an in-depth study of African-American art history supported by the extensive permanent collection in NCCU's Art Museum.

Art majors have an opportunity to participate in an annual juried art exhibition, work in the intern program, and take an active role in the Art Club. Art instructors schedule field trips and require students to visit art museums. Students in Visual Communications visit production studios and professional businesses engaged in designing visual media. Field trips to New York, Washington, and Atlanta provide students the opportunity to visit major museums and galleries. An annual Art Faculty lecture series and visiting professional artists further augment art programs. NCCU's Art students travel and study abroad during summer months. 

Department of Art resources are available for majors to improve technical abilities and skills moving beyond foundation tools. Fine art studios are equipped to research and explore one's visual creativity. The FAB (Fine Arts Building), home for the department, is wireless and has Apple computer labs. These labs have the software and media to allow for a cutting-edge approach to visual problem solving. Students have direct access to the Shephard Library and other university libraries across the state of NC in the UNC system.

NCCU complies with Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972, which prohibits discrimination on the basis of sex in all programs and activities (including sexual harassment and sexual violence) in the University's educational programs and activities. For additional resources or to file a Title IX complaint, visit the NCCU's Title IX webpage.
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