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Admission to Art & Design at UNC

Admission to the School of Art & Design does not require any additional steps beyond the UNC application. When you apply for admission to UNC, simply indicate that you would like to declare a major in Art & Design. You may choose to submit a portfolio for scholarship consideration.

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First Year Foundations Program

The First Year Foundations program is required for all Art & Design majors and minors. Our rigorous curriculum provides opportunities in both studio and art history courses and teaches essential technical and conceptual skills that prepare students for success in upper level courses.

Foundations Courses:

  • ART 181 – Ancient Art History
  • ART 182 – Medieval to Rococo Art History
  • ART 234 – Drawing I
  • ART 183 – 2D Design
  • ART 184 – 3D Design

Upon completion of the Foundations year, all students are required to submit a portfolio for review by the department. A passing grade in the Foundations portfolio review is required to move forward into your area of concentration.

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Areas of Study

Art Education Area at UNC

Art Education

The art K-12 teacher education program prepares students to teach visual arts in elementary, middle, and secondary schools.

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Ceramics Area at UNC


Students are introduced to the process of making ceramics beginning with clay body composition through procedures for firing kilns and glazing techniques & formulas.

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Digital Media Area at UNC

Digital Media

Offering state-of-the-art computer imaging, artistic exploration and knowledge beyond visualizing scientific concepts; skills often sought by employers.

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Drawing Emphasis at UNC


Emphasis includes composition, content, technical concerns, use of color and a range of material use from traditional to contemporary alternatives.

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Graphic Design Area at UNC

Graphic Design

Work as creative visual thinkers and communicators using a variety of traditional print and emerging digital media.

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Metals Area at UNC


Classes offered in basic and advanced techniques and processes for the creation of wearable art.

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Painting at UNC


Teaching technical painting ability and vocabulary, development of individual expression leading to thematic connections.

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Photography Area at UNC


Provides fundamentals of photograpic imaging that aides in understanding of traditional techniques, experimental and non-traditional digital imaging.

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Printmaking Area at UNC


Offers courses in Relief Printmaking, Monotypes, Screen Printing, and Letterpress.

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Sculpture Area at UNC


Learn a variety of sculpture making techniques including welding, ceramic shell casting, assemblage in a studio spaces indoors and outdoors.

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