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Studio Art, B.A.

  • Application Deadline
  • 48 months
Cullowhee, NC, United States
Western Carolina University’s Studio Art program prepare students for careers as artists and arts professionals. Guided by a faculty of successful and award-winning artists, students follow a rigorous curriculum that allows them to immerse themselves in their chosen area of study.
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Key facts:

  • The Studio Art program at the Western Carolina University continues with elective course within the areas of painting, drawing, printmaking, book arts, ceramics, sculpture, photography and electronic media. Students also have the opportunity to earn credit for internships, foreign study, and independent projects. Faculty members arrange activities that encourage students’ creativity, collaboration, critical thinking, free exchange of ideas, and commitment to productivity. Upper level courses help them find a focus, prepare their work for exhibition, develop their resumes and portfolios, and learn ways to promote themselves. 
  • The School of Art and Design is located in the Bardo Fine and Performing Arts Center and shares a close relationship with the Fine Art Museum, where students can show work, and experience original art by contemporary artists. Our Visiting Artists program enhances the student experience by bringing in a variety of professional artists and designers for lectures, critiques and creative projects. This program exposes students to the best of what is going on in art and design today and provides valuable professional contacts.
  • Thanks to their professional résumés and portfolios and hands-on experience, WCU art graduates are often ahead of the curve when it comes to entering the most sought-after fields and major markets in the public and private sectors. From design, advertising and public relations firms to museums, galleries, libraries and historical societies, a wealth of professional employment opportunities are available to graduates. Some establish their own businesses, art studios or community art centers. Others opt to pursue graduate studies in order to deepen their knowledge and build their professional credentials. Western Carolina University undergraduates have been successful in getting into competitive graduate programs and securing financial assistance for graduate study.

Detailed Programme Facts

  • Programme intensity Full-time
    • Full-time duration 48 months
  • Credits
    120 alternative credits
  • Languages
    • English
  • Delivery mode
    On Campus

Programme Structure

Studio Art curriculum include:

  • Drawing
  • Two-Dimensional Design 
  • Art History Survey
  • Three-Dimensional Design 
  • Contemporary Art
  • Philosophy of Art
  • Drawing II Credits
  • Painting II Credits
  • Printmaking II
  • Sculpture II
  • Ceramics II 
  • Introductory Book 

English Language Requirements

  • Minimum required score:


    The TOEFL iBT ® measures your English-language abilities in an academic setting. The test has four sections (reading, listening, speaking, and writing), each with a score range of 0-30, for a total score range of 0-120.

  • Minimum required score:


    The IELTS – or the International English Language Test System – tests your English-language abilities (writing, listening, speaking, and reading) on a scale of 1.00–9.00. The minimum IELTS score requirement refers to which Overall Band Score you received, which is your combined average score. Read more about IELTS.

  • Minimum required score:


    The TOEFL®PBT is administered in a paper format and measures your ability to use and understand English in a classroom setting at the college or university level. It accurately measures how well you can listen, read and write in English while performing academic tasks.

General Requirements

  • Be sure that you complete the correct application. Be sure to be truthful, accurate and thorough. 
    • Application fee: This required, nonrefundable processing fee should be submitted at the time of application. The online application provides information about electronic submission of the application fee.
    • A majority of first-year prospective students submit an application prior to high school completion. An official high school transcript (or its equivalent) showing work completed to date is required at the time of application and prior to application deadlines. 
    • First-year applicants are required to submit official SAT I or ACT scores. Applicants are encouraged to take the same type of test at least twice (once in the spring of the junior year and once in the fall of the senior year) and may consider taking both the SAT I and ACT based upon score results.

Tuition Fee

  • International

    10902 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 5451 USD per semester and a duration of 48 months.
  • National

    10902 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 5451 USD per semester and a duration of 48 months.
  • In-State

    6902 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 3451 USD per semester and a duration of 48 months.
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Living costs for Cullowhee

  • 900 - 1400 USD/month
    Living Costs

The living costs include the total expenses per month, covering accommodation, public transportation, utilities (electricity, internet), books and groceries.


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