Art Classes in Raleigh, NC with School Overviews

Feb 04, 2019

There are roughly nine schools within 50 miles of Raleigh, NC, that have art degree programs. Read about three of the colleges within 30 miles of the city center that offer multiple academic options. Learn about the admission and program requirements to discover which school is the right one for you.

Raleigh Art Schools

Those looking to formally build or expand their artistic talents can find several educational options within a 30-mile drive of downtown Raleigh. The three universities featured here offer undergraduate and/or graduate degree programs in art. This article focuses on providing a general overview of these institutions' program and coursework requirements. Also included is a table featuring school facts about tuition, graduation rates and other stats as well as some details on other schools relatively close to Raleigh.

  • The largest of the schools profiled here, Raleigh's North Carolina State University (NCSU) offers bachelor's and master's degree programs in art through its College of Design. Students taking studio programs at NCSU have 24-hour access to lab/studio spaces. The campus is just under five miles from the city center.
  • Supported by the state, North Carolina Central University, (NCCU) is a liberal arts college in Durham. Located about 22 miles from downtown Raleigh, it's the first such institution designed for African Americans. The school offers a bachelor's degree in the field with several specialization options.
  • Founded in 1887, Buies Creek's Campbell University (CU) is a Baptist university focused on providing a traditional liberal arts education. Students coming from central Raleigh can expect about a 26-mile drive.

Comparison of Schools

Public vs. private school, small vs. large student body, rural vs. urban environment -- any of these factors, along with program offerings and costs, could play a part in deciding where to attend college. This table displays some important stats for the three profiled schools.

North Carolina State University North Carolina Central University Campbell University
School Type 4-year, public 4-year, public 4-year, private-not-for-profit
Total Enrollment (2017) 34,432* 8,097* 6,604*
Campus Setting Large city Large city Fringe town
Undergraduate Tuition & Fees (2017-2018) $9,058 in-state; $27,406 out-of-state* $6,399 in-state; $19,106 out-of-state* $31,190*
% of First-Year Students Receiving Any Form of Aid (2016-2017) 69%* 97%* 100%*
Acceptance Rate (2017) 51%* 83%* 81%*
Retention Rate (2017) 94% full-time* 77% full-time* 72% full-time*
Graduation Rate (Students Beginning in 2011) 79%* 44%* 52%*

Source: *NCES College Navigator.

North Carolina State University

All undergraduate students must complete general education courses, such as math, science, writing and foreign language, in addition to major coursework. An international experience is suggested for students enrolled in the bachelor's program.

Bachelor of Art and Design

The bachelor's program has a studio-based interdisciplinary focus with two concentration options. Both concentrations require coursework covering the history of art or design, drawing and digital media. Additionally, a studio art course is required each semester. In the fibers and fashion studies concentration, students may choose to focus on hand and digital weaving, printing or embellishment; surface design; fabric design and/or sculpture and installation. The animation and interactive media concentration synthesizes digital and traditional art, and students work in areas related to digital modeling, sequential art, motion graphics and digital illustration.

Minor in Art and Design

To apply to the minor in art and design, students must complete two design courses covering 2-D and 3-D design and have a 'B' or higher grade. These design courses provide six of the 15 hours required to earn the minor. Students select the remaining courses from electives, such as photography, synthetic drawing and advanced surface design.

Master of Art and Design

Applicants to the master's program must have earned a bachelor's degree with a 3.0 GPA or show acceptable GRE scores. A portfolio is also needed for admission. The number of credits required to complete this degree in experimental media depends upon previous coursework and which of three tracks are chosen. Prior to graduating, students are required to complete a final project or research paper.

North Carolina Central University

The focus of the Department of Art at NCCU is to foster visual arts study and provide opportunities to study non-Western, culturally diverse artwork. Students at NCCU take liberal arts courses in addition to major coursework.

Bachelor of Arts in Art

The art program offers three specializations, including art studio, visual communication and general art studies. In all concentrations, students begin with courses in drawing, design and art survey. In the studio program, students may choose to focus on an area such as ceramics or printmaking. Along with studio classes in sculpture and painting, students can take classes in ancient through modern art history. The visual communications concentration focuses on areas such as graphic design and typography. The art studies program is a generalist program, allowing for a self-directed curriculum.

Campbell University

CU emphasizes the functional aspects of art. All students take CU's core curriculum, which includes classes in math, foreign languages, value development and history. Students may choose an undergraduate major or minor in studio art or graphic design.

Bachelor of Arts in Studio Art

The studio arts program provides foundational art courses at the introductory level in areas such as design, drawing and painting. Students take two art history courses before progressing to advanced courses in sculpture, painting and drawing. During junior and senior years, students take electives and independent studio courses. A senior exhibit, produced and presented by the student, and a 120-hour internship are also incorporated into the curriculum.

Bachelor of Arts in Graphic Design

During the first year of the graphic design program, students take introductory courses in art, design and graphic design. Further graphic design courses include typographic design, advertising, photography and advanced graphic design. To supplement the major, students take art classes covering color, art history and drawing. Students are also required to complete a major-related internship at an ad agency or other relevant site.

Minor in Studio Art or Graphic Design

Students wishing to minor in one of these areas need to complete six classes. In either minor, students take introductory design, art and drawing courses. Studio art minors also take painting, 3-D design and either ceramics or sculpture. Graphic design minors study graphic design, typographic design and photography.

Other Schools

Duke University, in Durham, offers undergraduate through doctoral-level art degree programs. The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill houses bachelor's and master's programs in studio art and art history. Both schools are located around 25 miles from downtown Raleigh.

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