Welcome to Art & Art History

Who We Are

Bring your creative visions to life at UNC Asheville. With a faculty of acclaimed artists and a location in the thriving arts scene of Asheville, UNC Asheville’s art program offers rigorous training in the creative sector. Our close-knit, supportive department encourages imagination and experimentation while challenging you to integrate content, concept, and technique to discover your own unique voice. Studio art majors can choose from six areas of concentrations: ceramics, drawing, painting, photography, printmaking, or sculpture. Related majors include art history and arts management and entrepreneurship.

What You'll Learn

Context and communication are key to learning how to be an effective artist, so you'll begin your art education by building a foundation of technical and writing skills in art history, design, and drawing. Through class critiques, you’ll learn how to give and receive valuable feedback on your work from faculty and classmates. Most of your time will be spent working in our facilities, which include six art concentration studios, firing kilns, dark rooms, and digital labs. Our newest interdisciplinary makerspace, STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Art, Math) Studio, exemplifies UNC Asheville's liberal arts mission by bringing art and science together to create collaborative pieces of art and technology.

We also have multiple galleries across campus to host student, faculty and visiting artist exhibitions. All senior-level students produce a major body of work in the form of a solo or group exhibition and portfolio, which serves as strong preparation for postgraduate work. All students are also encouraged to learn outside of the studio and gain professional experience through internships at local museums and galleries.

Fall 2019 BFA Application

Submit your BFA application online by Oct. 29, 2019 at 5 p.m.

Application requirements include:

  • 3.0 GPA in ART/ARTH
  • Completion of LANG 120, ART 122, ART 133, ART 144, and 12 additional hours of studio art courses at the 200 level or above
  • Portfolio of 10-15 works completed at UNC Asheville
  • Artist Statement (see guidelines)

See additional BFA requirements here.


Drawing Discourse Application Now Open

As part of an ongoing commitment to promote drawing practices in the visual arts, UNC Asheville invites artists to submit entries to a Juried International Exhibition of contemporary drawing.

Accepted work will be exhibited in the Holden Gallery on the campus of Warren Wilson College (while the UNC Asheville Tucker Cooke Gallery is under renovation) from January 17, 2020 through February 21, 2020.

Apply Here