About

Do you want to advance your critical thinking, creativity, and leadership in the greater visual arts community?

Become immersed in the arts at the largest and most comprehensive school of art and design in the Southeast. Work side-by-side with some of the most celebrated and active visual artists making work today. With concentrations in animation/interactive design, cinematic arts and media production, ceramics, graphic design, illustration, metal design, painting and drawing, photography, printmaking, sculpture, textile design, and wood design, you'll be immersed within a family of artists who create, and nearly live, in the Jenkins Fine Arts Center.

The Wellington B. Gray Gallery provides a variety of opportunities for students to show work and see the creative activity of professors and guests. Each concentration is supported by a guild that in turn provides enhancement to the curriculum. The sculpture guild, for example, takes regular road trips to a network of kiln yards whenever the iron is molten. The ceramics guild brings guest artists to demonstrate techniques and road-trips to sites such as Seagrove and the North Carolina Pottery Center. Multiple other exhibition spaces exist within the school and across the community.

ECU Advantage

When you study at ECU, your work has a space. Your ideas have a voice. You have a place.

Our alumni make a living by making a life in art. Our graduates run arts councils, have successful private studios, work in the textile and furniture design industries, and walk across the stage with cap in hand to land jobs in marketing/advertising/design firms.

What You Will Study

Program Coordinator: Daniel Kariko (2000 Jenkins Fine Arts Center; 252-328-4063; karikod@ecu.edu)

Concentrations are offered in animation and interactive design, ceramics, film and video production, graphic design, illustration, metal design, painting, photography, printmaking, sculpture, and textile design. 

Minimum degree requirement is 124 s.h. of credit as follows:

1. General education requirements including the one listed below - 40 s.h.

(For information about courses that carry general education credit see General Education Program.)

  • PHIL 2271 - Introduction to Philosophy of Art
2. Common core - 36 s.h.

Students must earn a grade of C- (1.7) in ART 1005, ART 1015, ART 1020, ART 1025, and ART 1030.

Students must complete ART 1005, ART 1020; and two of ART 1015, ART 1025 or ART 1030 before taking 3000-level ART courses.

  • ART 1005 - Design I
  • ART 1020 - Drawing
  • ARTH 1906 - Art History Survey
  • ARTH 1907 - Art History Survey
  • Choose 6 s.h. from
    • ART 1015 - Design II
    • ART 1025 - Digital Design
    • ART 1030 - Figure Drawing
    Choose 9 s.h. art (ART) surveys outside the concentration.
      Choose 9 s.h. of art and design history, theory and criticism electives.
        Up to 3 s.h. may include:
        • ART 3090 - Design Theory in Practice
        • FILM 3900 - American and International Film History, Part I
        • FILM 3901 - American and International Film History Part II
    3. Areas of concentration - 30 s.h.

    (Choose one area.)

      Animation and interactive design
      • ART 2070 - Animation/Interactive Design Survey
      • ART 2470 - Introduction to Digital 3D Modeling and Animation
      • ART 3070 - Electronic Interactive Multimedia
      • ART 3081 - Intermediate Video Art
      • ART 3082 - Motion Graphics Studio
      • ART 3470 - Digital 3D Animation
      • ART 4070 - Advanced Interactive Media
      • ART 4411 - Professional Practice
      • ART 4470 - Digital 3D Lighting and Rendering
      Ceramics
      • ART 2105 - Ceramics Survey
      • ART 2115 - Ceramics Studio I
      • ART 2125 - Ceramics Studio II
      • ART 3100 - Ceramics Studio III
      • ART 3110 - Ceramics Studio IV
      • ART 3120 - Ceramics Studio V
      • ART 4100 - Ceramics Studio VI
      • ART 4110 - Ceramics Studio VII
      • ART 4120 - Ceramics Studio VIII
      • ART 4130 - Ceramics Studio IX
      Film and video production
      • ART 2205 - Digital Video Production Survey
      • ART 2411 - Introduction to Scriptwriting
      • ART 2480 - Visual Storytelling
      • ART 3420 - Cinematography, Lighting and Audio Capture
      • ART 3435 - Advanced Scriptwriting
      • ART 3450 - Post-production Editing
      • ART 4440 - Senior Project Production
      • ART 4490 - Senior Seminar/Senior Show
      • Choose two courses from the following:
        • ART 3462 - Short-form Narrative Production
        • ART 3464 - Agency Production
        • ART 3466 - Documentary Production
      Graphic design
      • ART 2200 - Graphic Design Survey
      • ART 2210 - Graphic Design Studio I
      • ART 3200 - Graphic Design Studio II
      • ART 3210 - Graphic Design Studio III
      • ART 4200 - Graphic Design Studio IV
      • ART 4205 - Graphic Design Studio V
      • ART 4210 - Graphic Design Studio VI
      • ART 4215 - Graphic Design Studio VII
      • Choose two courses from the following:
        • ART 3002 - Book Arts One
        • ART 3003 - Introduction to Letterpress
        • ART 3004 - Book Arts Two
        • ART 3009 - Experimental Letterpress Printing
        • ART 4010 - Work Experience in the Visual Arts and Design
        • ART 4020 - Work Experience in the Visual Arts and Design
        • ART 4030 - Work Experience in the Visual Arts and Design
        • ART 4220 - Studio Photography
        • ART 4610 - Printmaking Studio VI
      Illustration
      • ART 2200 - Graphic Design Survey
      • ART 2210 - Graphic Design Studio I
      • ART 2230 - Illustration Survey
      • ART 3240 - Illustration Media and Techniques
      • ART 4230 - Intermediate Illustration
      • ART 4330 - Advanced Illustration
      • ART 4340 - Advanced Illustration II
      • Choose three courses from the following:
        • ART 2540 - Intermediate Drawing
        • ART 2561 - Painting: Composition - Design for Painting
        • ART 3551 - Problems in Figure Drawing
        • ART 3555 - Drawing Media and Technique
        • ART 3560 - Painting: Watercolor
        • ART 3561 - Painting Studio I
      Metal design
      • ART 2300 - Metal Design Survey
      • ART 2301 - Metal Design Studio I (Jewelry)
      • ART 2311 - Metal Design Studio II (Enameling)
      • ART 2321 - Metal Design Studio III (Raising, Spinning, Chasing, Repousse, Forging)
      • ART 3301 - Metal Design Studio IV
      • ART 3311 - Metal Design Studio V
      • ART 3321 - Metal Enameling Studio II
      • ART 4301 - Metal Design Studio VI
      • ART 4311 - Metal Design Studio VII
      • ART 4350 - Metal Design Studio VIII
      Painting
      • ART 2560 - Painting Survey: Materials and Methods
      • Choose 3 courses from the following:
          Drawing:
          • ART 2540 - Intermediate Drawing
          • ART 2550 - Intermediate Figure Drawing
          • ART 3551 - Problems in Figure Drawing
          • ART 3552 - Problems in Figure Drawing
          • ART 3553 - Problems in Figure Drawing
          • ART 3554 - Figure and the Environment
          • ART 3555 - Drawing Media and Technique
          • ART 4551 - Selected Problems in Drawing
          • ART 5550 - Advanced Figure Drawing
          • ART 5551 - Advanced Drawing
          Printmaking:
          • ART 2010 - Printmaking Survey
          • ART 2600 - Printmaking Studio I
          • ART 2610 - Printmaking Studio II
          • ART 3600 - Printmaking Studio III
          • ART 3610 - Printmaking Studio IV
          • ART 4600 - Printmaking Studio V
          • ART 4610 - Printmaking Studio VI
          • ART 4620 - Printmaking Studio VII
          • ART 4630 - Printmaking Studio VIII
          • ART 4640 - Printmaking Studio IX
          • ART 4650 - Printmaking Studio X
        Choose five courses from the following:
        • ART 2561 - Painting: Composition - Design for Painting
        • ART 3560 - Painting: Watercolor
        • ART 3561 - Painting Studio I
        • ART 3562 - Figure Painting
        • ART 3563 - Painting Studio II
        • ART 3564 - Advanced Figure Painting
        • ART 3566 - Portrait Painting
        • ART 4560 - Advanced Painting I
        • ART 4561 - Advanced Painting II
        • ART 4562 - Advanced Painting III
        • ART 4563 - Advanced Painting IV
        • ART 4564 - Advanced Painting V
        • ART 5560 - Advanced Painting VI
        • ART 5561 - Advanced Painting VII
        Choose one course from the following:
        • ART 4560 - Advanced Painting I
        • ART 4561 - Advanced Painting II
        • ART 4562 - Advanced Painting III
        • ART 4563 - Advanced Painting IV
        • ART 4564 - Advanced Painting V
        • ART 5560 - Advanced Painting VI
        • ART 5561 - Advanced Painting VII
        Note: Courses cannot count in more than one category.
        Photography
        • ART 2220 - Photography Survey
        • ART 2225 - Basic Black and White Photography
        • ART 3250 - Introduction to Digital Photography
        • ART 3260 - Intermediate Photography
        • ART 3270 - Color Photography
        • ART 3280 - Concepts in Photography
        • ART 4220 - Studio Photography
        • ART 4240 - Advanced Digital Photography
        • ART 4250 - Professional Practices in Photography
        • ART 4260 - Advanced Photography
        Printmaking
        • ART 2010 - Printmaking Survey
        • ART 2600 - Printmaking Studio I
        • ART 2610 - Printmaking Studio II
        • ART 3600 - Printmaking Studio III
        • ART 3610 - Printmaking Studio IV
        • ART 4600 - Printmaking Studio V
        • ART 4610 - Printmaking Studio VI
        • ART 4620 - Printmaking Studio VII
        • ART 4630 - Printmaking Studio VIII
        • ART 4640 - Printmaking Studio IX
        Sculpture
        • ART 2705 - Sculpture Survey
        • ART 2715 - Sculpture Studio I
        • ART 2725 - Sculpture Studio II
        • ART 3700 - Sculpture Studio III
        • ART 3710 - Sculpture Studio IV
        • ART 3720 - Sculpture Studio V
        • ART 4700 - Sculpture Studio VI
        • ART 4710 - Sculpture Studio VII
        • ART 4711 - Sculpture Studio VIII
        • ART 4712 - Sculpture Studio IX
        Textile design
        • ART 2303 - Textile Design Survey
        • ART 2325 - Introduction to Weaving Design
        • ART 2326 - Screen Printing on Cloth
        • ART 2335 - Weaving Design II
        • ART 2336 - Dye and Paint Applications to Cloth
        • Choose five courses from the following:
          • ART 3305 - Traditional Felt Making
          • ART 3306 - Textile Industry Portfolio
          • ART 3315 - Dimensional Textiles
          • ART 3316 - Fabric Manipulation and Construction
          • ART 4305 - Material and Woven Structure
          • ART 4306 - Garment Construction and Fashion Design I
          • ART 4315 - Surface and Woven Structure
          • ART 4316 - Garment Construction and Fashion Design II
          • ART 4326 - Contemporary Issues in Surface Design
          • ART 4335 - Contemporary Issues in Weaving
          • ART 4336 - Senior Project in Surface Design
          • ART 4345 - Senior Project in Weaving
      4. Electives - 18 s.h.

      Electives may be in any art (ART) prefix or art history (ARTH) prefix, including art education. Choose a minimum of 6 s.h. outside the area of concentration.

      Electives may also include FILM 3900 or FILM 3901.

        5. Acceptance into the concentration by portfolio review

        Individual concentrations require a portfolio review for acceptance into the area. Entrance is competitive and space may be limited. Students not accepted into their preferred program or area of concentration should be prepared to seek alternative areas of concentration and/or degree programs. Students should speak with faculty in their desired concentration to receive detailed instructions regarding the portfolio review process and requirements.

        Students apply to concentrations after successfully completing the following courses:

        Animation and interactive design - ART 2070 and/or ART 2470Ceramics - ART 2105 and ART 2115Film and video production - ART 2205 (with a minimum 2.6 GPA)Graphic design - ART 2200 and ART 2210 (with a minimum 2.6 GPA in both courses)Illustration - ART 2230 (with a minimum 2.6 GPA in course and in any concentration courses taken)Metal design - ART 2300Painting - ART 2560 and ART 2561; or ART 3561Photography - ART 2220 and ART 2225 (with a minimum 2.6 GPA in both courses)Printmaking - ART 2010, ART 2600, ART 2610, and ART 3600Sculpture - ART 2705Textile design - ART 2303 

          6. An approved senior show is required for graduation.
            For more information about this degree visit the university's academic catalogs.

            Careers With This Degree

            Graduates with this degree are successful in many fields and careers, including the following:

            • Fine/Studio Arts
            • Painters
            • Sculptors
            • Illustrators
            • Artists
            • Communications, Entertainment and Information
            • Education and Training
            • Fine/Studio Arts
            • Fine/Studio Arts

            Career Opportunities

            ECU has developed resources to help you learn more about career opportunities and job market outlook. In addition, the websites below provide specific information on careers in the various majors from which students may choose:

            NC Tower

            This website provides graphs and tables of in-depth information on employment rates, wages and ongoing higher education enrollment of graduates from the North Carolina Community College System and from the University of North Carolina system schools. NC Tower includes data on former UNC students who are working in roughly 90% of all jobs in North Carolina. This database excludes information for graduates who are:

            • Self-employed;
            • Work for the federal government, including the military: or
            • Work outside of North Carolina.

            US Bureau of Labor Statistics Occupational Outlook Handbook

            This website also provides in-depth information regarding pay, projected new jobs, required education, growth rate and on-the-job training information on various occupations.

            Degree-specific internships

            For information on internship information for specific majors, go to the home page of the department in which the major is located and, as available, find the link to the information on internships in that major.

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