Studio Art - BFA

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You can raise your art voice here

In the studio art program at Appalachian State, you will be simultaneously challenged and pushed, encouraged and supported as you find and develop your own uniquely authentic artistic voice.

The Bachelor of Fine Arts (BFA) in Studio Arts is a launching pad for students aspiring to professional careers in the visual arts. The curriculum is both rigorous and individualized, and emphasizes the development of technical skill, conceptual depth, critical thinking, and creative solutions to complex problems. BFA Studio Art graduates are well prepared for pursuing graduate school, starting small businesses, joining artist cooperatives, participating in residency programs, developing gallery relationships, working in museums, or any other creative profession. Regardless of the specific career path, our graduates have a strong record of success due to their finely honed creative thought processes and capacity to work independently.

Studio Art media areas include: Ceramics, Fibers, Metalsmithing & Jewelry Design, Painting & Drawing, Printmaking, and Sculpture. Special topics courses in non-media-specific areas are also offered on a regular basis.


Admission to the BFA Studio Art  program is selective. Passing a portfolio review is required for admission to intermediate and upper level courses. 

I have built some really beautiful and enduring relationships with professors that care about myself and my work. Having close relationships with professors is important in a major that requires a good amount of vulnerability and personal evaluation. The small class sizes have allowed for these relationships to form and grow.

Grey Von Cannon, BFA Studio Art major

Advanced Drawing class in front of mural at Appalachian Mountain Brewery

Advanced Drawing Class Project

Students in Scott Ludwig's Advanced Drawing course were actively involved with a community-based, collaborative project at Appalachian Mountain Brewery (AMB). The students pitched their visual concepts to the staff at AMB—a wrap-around wall mural, a series of linoleum block prints on birch panels, custom built tables and barrel tops fabricated with circular shadowbox frames for artwork display—which were approved and completed during the spring semester of 2015.