Studio Art

Bachelor of Arts


In its Studio Art major, Wake Forest believes that when a student creates a painting or a photograph or a print or a sculpture, the art shapes, traces and molds the creator-student. In this process, the benefits transcend the satisfaction of a job well done; they engender responsibility, courage and tenacity. They equip graduates to begin a wide variety of career paths.

Did You Know?

  • Majors’ works of art are displayed in Wake Forest galleries and other venues around campus.
  • Four Studio Art majors have earned the prestigious Fulbright Scholarship. They studied as Fulbrights in Japan, Hungary, Kazakhstan and Germany.


Sample courses for students studying Studio Art include:

  • Public Art
  • Design Studio: Ethics and Aesthetics
  • Printmaking
  • Film and Video Art: Cyberspace

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Practical Experience & Skills

The Department of Art offers small class sizes, one-on-one instruction, careful mentoring, interdisciplinary flexibility and a strong commitment to the liberal arts. Studying art at Wake Forest can prepare you for a career that combines the study of art with a wide variety of other interests. Studio Art offers courses and concentrations in drawing, painting, photography, printmaking, sculpture and digital art.

Example additional opportunities for Art majors include:

  • Exhibit work at START Gallery in Reynolda Village, Hanes Art Gallery, or downtown Winston Salem venues.
  • Curate exhibitions, exhibit and sell your work, and gain experience in a professional gallery setting at START: WFU Student Art Gallery.
  • Seek internships in museums and cultural organizations.
  • The Management in the Visual Arts course offers business and art students the opportunity to travel to New York City for an exceptional and privileged look into the inner workings of the “Art World”.
  • The Art Department’s Annual Overnight Trip to Washington DC is an immersive art experience.
  • Honors in Art History offers the opportunity to develop an original research project and thesis.

Students in this program will develop the following skills:

  • Ability to analyze works of art
  • Research skills as demonstrated in papers and exams
  • Visual analysis
  • Analytical skills
  • Communication skills
  • Time management skills
  • Problem solving skills
  • Passion for the visual arts

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Clubs & Organizations

Studio Art students participate in the following clubs and organizations:

Career Outcomes

Careers that often interest Studio Art majors include:

  • Advertising Professional
  • Architect
  • Art Advisor
  • Art Dealer
  • Art Educator K-12
  • Art Historian
  • Art Therapist
  • Art Writer
  • Artist
  • Auction House Specialist
  • Conservator
  • Curator
  • Exhibition Design
  • Fashion Designer
  • Graphic Designer
  • Interior Designer
  • Marketing
  • Marketing Professional
  • Medical Illustrator
  • Museum Educator
  • Preparator
  • Professor
  • Registrar
  • Visual Resources Librarian

Studio Art majors include an NBA team executive; an executive at SoFi, Google and Twitter; financial analysts; graphic designers; luxury hotel administrators; doctors; marketing directors; and architects, among others.

Related Programs

Those who are interested in Studio Art also consider the following programs:


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