Clifton Meador, Chair
Jim A. Toub, Assistant Chair
||Kevin R. Howell
||Alyssia J. Ruggiero
|Brian E. Bookwalter
||Jeana E. Klein
||Jody M. Servon
||John S. Latimer
||Hui Chi Lee
||Lisa M. Stinson
|John R. Craft
||Scott P. Ludwig
|April V. Flanders
||Heather L. Waldroup
||(Ara) Ed Midgett
|George B. Glisan
||Gary M. Nemcosky
||Mark L. Nystrom
||Ila S. Prouty
||Thomas M. Reeves
The purposes of the Department of Art are: (1) to provide instruction and to promote co-curricular activities which prepare students for careers in the visual arts such as teaching, exhibitions, graphic design, photography, the graphic arts, or an arts related field such as arts management; (2) to provide instruction and training in the intellectual and technical skills necessary for design and studio art production; (3) to promote informed understanding of the value of art and design in contemporary and in historical cultures; (4) to cultivate students’ abilities to think creatively and critically when both producing and responding to visual art; (5) to provide instruction and co-curricular activities in the visual arts as a component of the general education program; and (6) to contribute creative work and scholarship to the University community, the arts professions and to society in general.
Admission into Majors in the Department of Art
The following degree programs require a candidacy portfolio review: BFA in Studio Art, BFA in Graphic Design and the BFA in Art Education (K-12).
The following degree programs do not require a candidacy portfolio review: BA in Art and Visual Culture with concentrations in Art History, Studio Art or Art Management, BS in Commercial Photography and BS in Graphic Arts and Imaging Technology.
The Department of Art seeks to enroll the most capable and motivated young artists and designers in its degree programs. Admission is limited and highly competitive. The candidacy portfolio review indicates the student’s preparedness for entry into the department’s rigorous and demanding studio-based curricula. It shows the applicant’s aptitude for visual expression and demonstrates technical skills that have been acquired in the art and design.
Newly admitted freshmen and transfer students are strongly advised to attend the Department of Art meeting scheduled during freshmen and transfer orientation sessions where additional important information is given to all prospective art majors.
CANDIDACY PORTFOLIO REVIEW FOR THE BFA GRAPHIC DESIGN, BFA STUDIO ART, AND BFA ART EDUCATION degree programs: Students seeking to major in any of these degree programs must submit their work to the candidacy portfolio review. This review usually occurs during a student’s third semester at Appalachian (possibly earlier for transfer students). Details for portfolio submission to these degree programs are available on the Art Department website.
Students intending to major in Graphic Design must complete ART 1001 , ART 1002 , ART 1003 ; ART 1102 , ART 2102 ; and either ART 2030 or ART 2130 before submitting to the BFA Graphic Design candidacy portfolio review.
Students intending to major in Studio Art must complete ART 1001 , ART 1002 , ART 1003 ; ART 1005 , one 2000 level studio art class; and either ART 2030 or ART 2130 before submitting to the BFA Studio Art candidacy portfolio review.
Students intending to major in Art Education must complete ART 1001 , ART 1002 , ART 1003 ; ART 2222 ; one 2000 level studio art class; and either ART 2030 or ART 2130 before submitting to the BFA Art Education candidacy portfolio review.
Students seeking the BFA degree in Graphic Design, the BFA degree in Studio Art or the BFA degree in Art Education must pass the candidacy portfolio review before taking any 3000 or 4000 level studio course.
Declared Art and Visual Culture Majors who have completed ART 1001 , ART 1002 , ART 1003 and any additional studio art course pre-requisites are permitted to take 3000 and 4000 level studio classes without having passed a candidacy portfolio review.
Studio Art Minors who have completed 6 sh of either ART 1001 , ART 1002 or ART 1003 and the appropriate 2000 level studio art class may receive permission of the instructor or to take any 3000 level studio class.
Students who do not pass the BFA Studio Art, BFA Graphic Design or BFA Art Education portfolio review may use their earned credits as electives or as requirements towards another major or minor in the Art Department. Students may also repeat courses and/or continue to take 2000 level studio courses and then re-submit their work one time only to the candidacy portfolio review. The candidacy portfolio review takes place on Reading Day at the end of the fall and spring semesters.
EQUIPMENT REQUIREMENTS for Art Department degree programs can be found on the Art Department website.
Students majoring in art must make a minimum grade of “C” (2.0) except Commercial Photography majors who must have a grade of “C+” (2.3) in each required major course. Courses stipulated as prerequisites for subsequent major courses must be successfully completed with a grade of “C” or higher (C+ for Commercial Photography majors) before continuing to the next level of course work.
Honors Program in Art
The Department of Art offers honors courses to students who have a minimum overall GPA of 3.45 in art courses and/or are nominated by a faculty member, and are invited by the Art Honors Committee. Qualified non-majors may enroll in art honors courses. However, to graduate with “honors in art” a student must be an art major who has completed at least nine semester hours of work in departmental honors courses. Three of the semester hours taken must include ART 4510, Senior Honors Thesis. Students must earn a grade of ‘B’ (3.0 grade points) or higher on all honors coursework taken to fulfill any honors requirements.
ProgramsBachelor of ScienceBachelor of ArtsBachelor of Fine ArtsMinor