Studio Art Program

Undergraduate Studies

The School of Art and Design understands the importance of choice in your life, especially concerning your education. Completing the  B.F.A. curriculum will lead you to a career or to graduate study in art, design or related disciplines.

Program areas —ceramics, painting and drawing, photography, print and book arts, and sculpture—allow you to explore a specific area of study while following a rigorous curriculum.

After becoming admitted to WCU, those students who pursue studio art must apply for entrance into the BFA program by submitting a portfolio of digital images and a letter of application that describes their goals and interests in the field. Students may do this either as entering first year students or as first-semester sophomores.


Digital Portfolio: Students will submit a portfolio of 8-10 digital images of original artworks that successfully incorporate principles and elements of 2D and 3D art and design. The examples should provide evidence of competency with tool usage, measuring, material handling, and presentation. Within the portfolio, students should include 3-5 analytical drawings demonstrating basic knowledge of perspective and proportion. This group of drawings should include some drawings made from direct observation. In addition the portfolio should include some work that evidences personal ideas and concept development.

Digital portfolios should be submitted on a portable USB drive. Images should be in jpeg format with a size of 4 x 6" at 150 ppi. No image should be larger than 1.8 mg. Include a list of works that indicates title (or assignment name) medium and size.

Letter of Application: The digital portfolio should be accompanied by a letter of application, addressed to the Director of the School of Art and Design, indicating interests in art, reasons for pursuing the BFA degree, and general or specific career goals.

Portfolio Review: The portfolio reviews will be held each semester prior to advising week. Students may apply for entrance as entering first year students, in the first semester of their sophomore year or after 18 credit hours of ART or IDES courses. The committee will inform applicants of their results within 3 weeks via email.

Applications should be sent to Matt Liddle at For more information, call him at 828-227-3594.


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