Undergraduate Program in Studio Art
The program in studio art at UNC-Chapel Hill focuses on fine arts. Students may choose from a range of studio course work designed to develop both skill acquisition and a personal creative vision. For the non-major, study in studio art goes beyond art appreciation. Whatever discipline students eventually choose to pursue, whether the arts, humanities or sciences, medicine or law, success will depend on two abilities: the ability to find creative solutions to problems and the ability to express individuality. Art, by its very nature, gives these skills to those who study the discipline. We have the opportunity to provide all students, regardless of major, the keys to success. We develop two critical skills: the means of self-expression and techniques for creative thinking. Our added responsibility to the studio art major is to develop a sense of professional standards and future career potential. While the undergraduate program focuses on the fine arts, the course of study nonetheless offers a sound foundation for students to move into the art education, applied arts, and other art-related careers as well as preparing for further study or careers in the fine arts.
Students choosing a studio art major begin with a series of foundation courses that are designed to develop their understanding and application of visual language across a range of media. In these courses, students address both skill development and the nature of artistic inquiry. Believing that technique serves the visual idea, we stress the integration of media skill and concept. Conventional issues of artisanship, technique, and skill acquisition are taught as part of a larger concept of art making. The goal is to equip students with a variety of skills and visual strategies that they will be able to apply in meaningful contexts. In the final analysis, we expect students to become technically competent, conceptually independent, critically aware, and dedicated to their passion of art-making.
This philosophy encompasses our contextualization in an institution of higher education. We embrace the notion that being an artist today requires an intellectual curiosity and broad base of knowledge that, in turn, informs studio work. The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill provides limitless resources to the studio artists in our program.
The Department of Art offers two undergraduate degrees in Studio Art: The Bachelor of Arts (41 credit hours) and the Bachelor of Fine Arts (60 credit hours). Additionally, a comined Studio/Art History degree has been designed for those wishing to have a depth of study in both programmatic areas in the Art Department. The Studio component of the BFA/Art History emphasis (60 credit hours) parallels the BA degree with some exceptions as noted.
**Note: Studio Course and Non-Majors
Studio Art courses, especially foundation-level courses, are extremely popular. Because these are required courses for Studio Art majors, registration is limited to majors during the first part of the pre-registration period. Remaining spaces are made available to non-majors during the registration time for freshmen. Because the department gives this preference to Studio Art majors, non-majors, undeclared students, or continuing studies students often find it difficult to enroll int hese courses. Individuals seriously considering a Studio Art major and experience such difficulty should see the Undergraduate Advisor for Studio Art. We reserve a small number of spaces for such students. Students may be asked to demonstrate commitment to Studio Art with some examples of artwork.
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