The Art and Visual Culture program at Appalachian State University draws from a number of disciplines to explore the meanings, practices, and processes of looking and imaging across historical periods and diverse cultures. The BA degree in Art and Visual Culture has three concentrations: in Art History, Art Management, and Studio Art. All three concentrations provide students with unique opportunities to integrate an in-depth study of art and visual culture with a minor in another discipline and foreign language study. The Art and Visual Culture program also offers General Education courses in the form of art history surveys.
The Art and Visual Culture program has five full-time faculty in Art History, two full-time faculty in Art Management, additional faculty in Studio Art, and is one of six degree programs in the Department of Art. Students in the program regularly work in gallery positions on campus, study abroad, and complete internships at institutions in North Carolina and beyond.
The Department of Art is NASAD-accredited and has 45 full-time faculty members, approximately 22 part-time faculty members, over 760 undergraduate majors, and an Honors program. It offers BFA degrees in Art Education, Graphic Design, and Studio Art; a BA degree in Art and Visual Culture with concentrations in Art History, Art Management, and Studio Art; and a BS degrees in Graphic Communications Management. Beginning in Fall 2022, the department will also offer a BFA in Photography. The Department of Art typically offers a range of travel opportunities including trips to the university’s New York Loft and study abroad trips to China, Cuba, Italy, the Netherlands, Scotland, and Spain. Additional information about the department, the university, and the surrounding area can be found at www.art.appstate.edu.
The teaching load is three courses per semester (9 hours) including art history surveys, introductory to advanced undergraduate courses in visual culture, and areas of specialization.
Appalachian State University, in North Carolina’s Blue Ridge Mountains, prepares students to lead purposeful lives as global citizens who understand and engage their responsibilities in creating a sustainable future for all. The transformational Appalachian experience promotes a spirit of inclusion that brings people together in inspiring ways to acquire and create knowledge, to grow holistically, to act with passion and determination, and embrace diversity and difference. As one of 17 campuses in the University of North Carolina system, Appalachian enrolls about 20,000 students, has a low student-to-faculty ratio and offers more than 150 undergraduate and graduate majors.
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