In Studio Art we foster independent and creative thought, emphasizing artmaking as not only a means of personal self-expression, but a way of thinking about our relationship to culture, humanity and the world of ideas.
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Dean of the David R Hayworth School of Arts and Design and Professor of Interior Design
Department Chair and Associate Professor of Visual Art
Assistant Professor of Visual Arts and Director of Sechrest Gallery

In Studio Art we foster independent and creative thought, emphasizing artmaking as not only a means of personal self-expression, but a way of thinking about our relationship to culture, humanity and the world of ideas. Our programs offer you the opportunity to work one on one with faculty in a highly creative studio environment taking courses that will emphasize individuality, interdisciplinary work, collaboration and community.

The Department offers two degrees focused on fine arts. The Bachelor of Fine Arts in Studio: General Fine Arts is a professional degree and recommended for those seeking careers in the field of graphic design, while the BA in Studio Art, exposes students to essential core courses, but offers flexibility to those students seeking to combine a minor or other major to help them reach their individual career goals.

BFA, Studio: General Fine Arts 76 major credit hours

The Bachelor of Fine Arts in Studio: General Fine Arts is a professional degree and is accredited by the National Association of Schools of Art & Design (NASAD). From painting and drawing, photography and printmaking, to sculpture and ceramics, the Bachelor of Fine Arts in Studio: General Fine Arts emphasizes the development of skills, concepts, and creative sensitivities essential to the professional artist. Students work closely with faculty to develop their expressive voice and expand their proficiency across media. Our majors have 24-hour access to our various art studios during the four years of their degree.

Students will learn best practices in navigating the art world as they develop the skills needed to be a professional artist. The degree culminates in a distinctive senior capstone program involving the creation of a series of original works produced by each Bachelor of Fine Arts degree candidate that will be displayed in our Sechrest Gallery.

B.A. Studio Art, 52 major credit hours

The Bachelor of Arts (BA) in Studio Art provides a major for students who wish to develop and investigate a broad range of aesthetic, conceptual and technical approaches within the spectrum of a liberal arts degree. This degree is offered to those students wanting to expand their knowledge of Art and possibly to combine a minor or major program of study outside of the discipline. B.A. students acquire a foundation in design techniques, aesthetics, and history, while maintaining the flexibility to explore additional disciplines across the University. The B.A. degree’s flexibility makes it a particularly good choice for students who are considering a double major.

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Course Requirements 2020/2021
Bachelor of Arts in Studio Art
Bachelor of Fine Arts in Studio (General Fine Arts)
Bachelor of Arts in Studio Art
Degree Requirements Credits
Major Requirements 44
University Core Requirements 50
Electives 34
Total 128
Bachelor of Fine Arts in Studio (General Fine Arts)
Degree Requirements Credits
Major Requirements 76
University Core Requirements 50
Electives 2
Total 128
Requirements for B.A. in Studio Art
Requirements for B.F.A. in Studio (General Fine Arts)
Requirements for B.A. in Studio Art
Course Course Title Credits
ART 1050 Fundamentals of Design 4*
ART 1060 Drawing 4*
ART 2000 Art History Survey 4
ART 2350 Three-Dimensional Design 4
ART 3090 Sculpture I 4
ART 3160 Painting I 4
ART 3860 Contemporary Concepts in Art 4
ART 4040 Intermedia Studio 4
Select two courses (8 credits) from the following list:
ART 3190 Ceramics II 4
ART 4060 Painting II 4
ART 4080 Darkroom Photography II 4
ART 4090 Sculpture II 4
Select one course (4 credits) from the following list:
ART 2030 Printmaking 4
ART 2080 Darkroom Photography I 4
ART 2090 Ceramics I 4
ART/GBS 2988 The Grand Tour 4
ART 3060 Life Drawing 4
ART 3081 Documenting the Community through Photography 4
ART 3680 Digital Photography 4
ART 3850 History of Photography 4
ART/GBS 3880 Documentary Photography in Paris 4
Course Descriptions
*Indicates content required for Freshman Portfolio Review.
Requirements for B.F.A. in Studio (General Fine Arts)
Course Course Title Credits
ART 1050 Fundamentals of Design 4*
ART 1060 Drawing 4*
ART 1150 Digital Art and Design 4*
ART 2000 Art History Survey 4
ART 2350 Three-Dimensional Design 4*
ART 2030 Printmaking 4
ART 2080 Darkroom Photography I 4
ART 2090 Ceramics I 4
ART 3060 Life Drawing 4
ART 3090 Sculpture I 4
ART 3160 Painting I 4
ART 3190 Ceramics II 4
ART 3860 Contemporary Concepts of Art 4
ART 4040 Intermedia 4
ART 4060 Painting II 4
ART 4090 Sculpture II 4
ART 4999 Senior Studio 4
Select one course from the following list (4):
ART 2988 The Grand Tour 4
ART 3850 History of Photography 4
GDS 3150 History of Graphic Design 4
Select one course from the following list (4)**
PSC 2310 American Politics 4
PSC 2510 Comparative Politics 4
PSC 2710 International Relations 4
PSC 3512 Democracy, Development, and Conflict 4
REL 2019 Environmental Ethics 4
REL 3007 Women and the Bible 4
Course Descriptions
*Indicates content required for Freshman Portfolio Review.

**Other elective options will likely be available. Speak to your advisor.
Career Opportunities
In each of our degrees we want to see each student flourish and find their unique, expressive, artistic voice. Both of our Art degrees have a different point of focus.

BA Studio Art

Students wishing to pursue a BA degree are getting a broad exposure to the field of studio art. We highly encourage students in the BA program to consider a double major or coursework in a related area. This degree is a good choice if you are looking to engage a broader selection of fields and you are interested in combining the visual arts with other career aspirations.

BFA Studio Art

When you major in Studio Art with a BFA you are getting a professional level preparation for a career as an artist. If you are planning on attending graduate school (earning an MFA) you would want to pursue the BFA. You will also be prepared to work professionally as an artist in many fields including commercial arts, photography, and arts entrepreneurship. Other areas such as arts organizations and non-profits such as museums and galleries are other possible career options. The degree prepares you to be a professional artist in areas such as:
Student Outcomes

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With commencement just around the corner, recent High Point University graduates are already preparing to commence prestigious career paths around the world at Fortune 500 companies, international service programs, public school systems, top-tier law, medical and graduate school programs, and many other esteemed organizations thanks to their journey at HPU. Here’s a glimpse of one extraordinary senior from…

With another successful commencement behind us, recent High Point University graduates are preparing to commence prestigious career paths around the world at Fortune 500 companies, international service programs, public school systems, top-tier law, medical and graduate school programs, and many other esteemed organizations thanks to their journey at HPU. Here’s a glimpse of one extraordinary…

With another successful commencement behind us, recent High Point University graduates are preparing to commence prestigious career paths around the world at Fortune 500 companies, international service programs, public school systems, top-tier law, medical and graduate school programs, and many other esteemed organizations thanks to their journey at HPU. Here’s a glimpse of one extraordinary…

With another successful commencement behind us, recent High Point University graduates are preparing to commence prestigious career paths around the world at Fortune 500 companies, international service programs, public school systems, top-tier law, medical and graduate school programs, and many other esteemed organizations thanks to their journey at HPU. Here’s a glimpse of one extraordinary…

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At High Point University, our emphasis on global perspectives is designed to provide students with opportunities to enhance their international awareness and to develop their cross-cultural communication skills. Study abroad is strongly encouraged as a part of this emphasis on global studies. With a variety of extraordinary options at some of the most prestigious universities in the world, students at High Point University are encouraged to study abroad as early as the summer after their freshman year. Employers are looking for more than just a degree; they want well-rounded individuals who have familiarity with diverse cultures, special skills, and knowledge of the world around them.
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