Scott Ludwig in printmaking demo Andrew Caldwell and students on a location photo shoot Student receives award at Art Expo Art Education students participate in video conference Art Management group in NY
Come work with us in Boone!

Working in a college town in the mountains can spoil you for life. Boone, North Carolina, is a college town in the best sense—a place where people say hello on the street and you have a vibrant downtown a block from campus.

We may not live in a big city, but Boone’s smaller size and surrounding landscape seem to foster the creativity of our faculty, staff and students. If we need a city-fix, we can get one easily enough with a drive “down the mountain,” as we say. In fact, we make an effort to do so. Maintaining connections with the art and design world is critical for us.

Our department is accredited by NASAD and has over 700 undergraduate majors, over 40 full-time faculty members and a support staff of four. Appalachian State University is a member institution of the seventeen-campus University of North Carolina. The university has approximately 19,000 students, primarily in bachelors and masters programs in both liberal arts and applied fields. Appalachian has both a traditional residential campus and a variety of distance education programs.

Faculty Positions

Student Employment

Job openings for students can be found in the Handshake section of the university’s Student Employment website, studentemployment.appstate.edu/find-a-job.

Promotion and Tenure Guidelines

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Commercial Photography students on location

Andrew Caldwell with Commercial Photography class

Lisa Stinson and students in Spain

Lisa Stinson and students in Spain

April Flanders leads a printmaking demo

April Flanders leading screenprinting demo

Of my favorite faculty, I never felt patronized. They took us seriously and expected good work from us. If we didn't deliver, they let us know, and demanded the better work they knew we were capable of. They pushed us without being malicious, and earned our respect, on top of already being warm individuals once we got to know them.

Matt Donnelly, Graphic Design student

Appalachian State University

We're nestled in the heart of Boone and North Carolina’s high country. The surrounding Blue Ridge Mountains attract outdoors enthusiasts year round. Boone’s accolades include National Geographic Adventure magazine’s “Best Places to Live and Play,” Outside magazine’s top 10 “Best Towns in America,” and USA Today’s “10 Great Small Towns with Huge Backyards.”