The Department of Art is comprised of six areas of studio concentration: ceramics, drawing, painting, photography, printmaking, and sculpture as well as art history; four degrees are offered--BFA (studio), the BA (studio), the BA with teacher licensure (studio), and BA in Art History; minor in studio art or art history is also available. With a fourteen-member faculty of acclaimed artists and scholars and a location in the thriving arts scene of Asheville, our program has become a destination point for students who seek rigorous training in the fine arts within the liberal arts tradition of a small university. A strong emphasis on foundation core (two-dimensional and three-dimensional design and drawing) and art history is followed by upper level course work that nurtures independent learning. During the senior year capstone courses, each student produces a major body of work in the form of a solo exhibition (BFA studio), group exhibition and portfolio (BA studio), or a thesis paper (BA art history). This demanding requirement serves as strong preparation for postgraduate work, and more importantly, as the basis for lifelong learning in the arts. The Department of Art invites emerging artists and scholars to visit us and consider joining our vibrant community.