Program Overview

The B.F.A. in Art: Studio Arts Specialization cultivates a distinct visual point of view as they prepare for careers as creative professionals. The program begins with a strong foundation in Drawing, 2D, and 3D Design, Color Theory, and Art History, and introduces students to a wide range of skills. Our students learn the value of continued experimentation and dedication to process and craft to ultimately create their best work. Upper-level courses are offered in a variety of disciplines including Ceramics, Painting, Sculpture, and Printmaking, where students advance their techniques, increase cultural awareness, and are encouraged to pursue their unique artistic visions.


Program Learning Outcomes

  • Students will demonstrate a practicable understanding of the basic elements and principles of design within the foundations.
  • Students will acquire essential competencies of the techniques and methods within specialized areas of concentration and show critical thinking and problem solving involved in those processes.
  • Students will develop proficiencies in the chosen area of concentration through written, verbal, and visual communication to prepare for lifelong involvement in the applied and fine arts.
  • Students will acquire and integrate knowledge of key movements in the history of art, artists, and works of art that are fundamental to their creative development through information literacy and critical thinking in written and verbal formats.

Program Highlights

  • National Association of Schools for Art and Design (NASAD) accredited
  • Travel abroad opportunities, (study painting in France!)
  • Frequent museum excursions to NYC, DC, Philadelphia, all within a short travel distance and accessible by day trip
  • Opportunities to attend professional conferences, such as National Council on Education for the Ceramic Arts (NCECA)
  • Participation in the BFA Exhibition
  • Internship Opportunities with renowned regional artists and within the department
  • Student exhibitions both on and off campus
  • Opportunities to study abroad with WCU Faculty and Students

What can I do with this degree?

Our alumni are everywhere! You can find them at the auction block at Sotheby's on the set of Antiques Roadshow, as exhibiting artists, art therapists, faculty members, and conservators at museums nationwide. Here is just a brief listing of opportunities for BFA graduates:

  • Fine Artist
  • Toy Designer
  • Textile Designer
  • Web Designer
  • Tattooist
  • Studio Technician
  • Fabricator
  • Storyboard Artist
  • Illustrator
  • Set Designer
  • Scenic Artist
  • Prop Designer
  • Photographer
  • Production Assistant / Manager
  • Production Potter
  • Product Designer
  • Sculptor
  • Printmaker
  • Painter
  • Studio Ceramic Artist
  • Portrait Artist
  • Picture Framer
  • Museum / Gallery Registrar
  • Museum / Gallery Administrator
  • Museum / Gallery Curator
  • Museum / Gallery Preparator
  • Muralist
  • Mosaic Designer
  • Mold Maker
  • Model Maker
  • Medical Illustrator
  • Interior Designer
  • Jewelry Designer
  • Lighting Designer
  • Exhibition Designer
  • Film Concept Artist
  • Food Stylist
  • Foundry Worker
  • Furniture Designer
  • Gallery Owner / Director
  • Graphic Novelist
  • Art Consultant
  • Art Appraiser
  • Art Conservator
  • Art Critic
  • Art Dealer
  • Creative Director
  • Art Handler
  • Art Historian
  • Art Teacher / Professor
  • Art Therapist
  • Artisan / Craftsperson
  • Cake Decorator
  • Digital 3D Modeler
  • Environmental Designer

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