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Academic Programs

The study of ancient art at UNCW focuses on the origins of the western artistic tradition. Regular course offerings on ancient Egypt, Greece and Rome and specialized seminar topics on ancient art (ARH 495) offer students the opportunity to explore the foundational cultures of the western world.

Regular course offerings include:

  • ARH 201 Ancient to Medieval Art
  • ARH 300 Egyptian Art
  • ARH 301 Greek Art
  • ARH 302 Roman Art
  • ARH 381 Myth in Western Art

Medieval and renaissance courses focus on the artistic production from the 4th through the 16th centuries through the exploration of form, function and context of objects and buildings. In addition, we offer specialized seminars (ARH 495) such as Pilgrimage Arts, the Gothic Cathedral and the Art of the Book.

Regular course offerings include:

  • ARH 303 Medieval Art
  • ARH 304 Northern Renaissance Art
  • ARH 305 Italian Renaissance Art
  • ARH 306 Baroque and Rococo
  • ARH 325 Islamic Art

In the modern art area of art history, we emphasize formal interpretation, critical theory and how art can be studied in a political, historical and social context. Cultural issues are discussed in relation to current issues artists face in our society.

Regular course offerings include:

  • ARH 307 19th Century European Art
  • ARH 308 20th Century (art to 1960)
  • ARH 310 American Art (1865 to present)
  • ARH 311 Contemporary Art
  • ARH 495 Seminar in Contemporary African Art

The Department of Art and Art History offers students exciting opportunities to study abroad, ranging from short-term (10 day) spring break programs to longer (3-plus week) summer programs geared toward both artists and students of art history.

In our programs, students are encouraged to explore important international archaeological sites, major monuments and world-renowned museum collections. It is our conviction that students gain firsthand  experience in the field through the study of art and architecture.

Some of the study abroad courses we have offered include trips to Paris; Barcelona, Cordoba and Madrid; Rome; Pompeii; Florence; Japan; Macedonia; Belize; Guatemala; and South Africa.

Ceramics courses explore all different avenues in the discipline: building technical skill thorough investigation into functional work.

Advanced classes focus on the expression of ideas, including sculpture and installation. Special topics include clay and glaze techniques, and kiln building.

Graphic design focuses students on the relationship in visual communication between form and content.

Introductory-level projects are focused on the designer's role in shaping narrative communication. Intermediate projects focus on client and audience in addition to the design process.

The minor promotes interdisciplinary learning in the cross-section of computer science and the arts that can be applied to modern media and communication technologies such as animation, digital filmmaking, interactive applications, visualization and Internet applications.

Courses are both technical and artistic in nature.

View requirements for the Digital Arts Minor

The painting and drawing program challenges students to develop traditional skills and explore creative visual problem solving.

Variety is the hallmark of 2D design, life drawing, intermediate and advanced painting. Special topic courses such as Contemporary Watercolor, Conceptual Drawing, Collage and Art of Pastel encourage students to broaden their visual arts experiences and build upon traditional foundations.

Photography is approached as a creative art form.

Film-based, black-and-white darkroom and digital-based color photography are taught at introductory and intermediate levels.

Introductory classes familiarize the student with a range of photographic techniques while intermediate students build upon those techniques to develop a personal aesthetic through a cohesive body of work.

The printmaking program introduces students to the possibilities of printing by hand.

Methods range from historic techniques such as mezzotint and stone lithography to contemporary processes like photopolymer.

Sculpture focuses on techniques and materials used to express ideas in 3D form: metal fabrication, wood construction, carving, casting.

The introductory classes concentrate on formal design and construction. Upper level courses investigate balance of form and content as applied to objects, installations and large-scale public work.

The Senior Exhibit requires students to craft a resume and artist statement, design publicity, and install a professional exhibition in an art gallery, including curatorial decisions and installation.

Studio Equipment

Darkroom facilities include:

  • 10 Beseler 23CIII Enlargers
  • 1 Beseler 45 Condenser Enlarger
  • 2 AlienBees B800 Flash Units
  • 2 Interfit 3200K 500 watt Tungsten Heads
  • 2 Flashpoint 10" 500 watt Tungsten Flood Lights
  • Epson Perfection 1660 Scanner
  • Epson Stylus Photo R1800 Printer

Ceramic Studio facilities include:

  • 12 Lockerbie kickwheels with motors
  • Glaze-making table and vent hood
  • Soldner professional clay mixer
  • Peter Pugger
  • Skutt KM 1027 electric
  • Raku Kiln
  • 12 cu ft Olsen updraft kiln
  • 30 cu ft Alpine updraft kiln
  • 30 cu ft Geil downdraft kiln

All three studio have Northern light and adjustable ceiling lighting.

Studio equipment includes:

  • drawing art horses
  • paint taborets
  • heavy-duty easels & seating
  • large flat file storage
  • dedicated storage room for work in progress

Printmaking Studio facilities include:

  • Takach lithographic press, 33" x 60" bed
  • Two Dickerson Combination presses, 27" x 48" bed
  • Charles Brand etching press, 24" x 48" bed
  • Iron bookbinder's press
  • Graining sink for lithographic stones
  • Screen washout unit, back lit, 42" x 58"
  • Ranar XPO 2848 vacuum screen exposing unit
  • Mobile Drying rack, 50 levels of 26" x 35" each
  • Levigator, 10" x 1 ½ "
  • NuArc 1KS Metal Halide Exposure Unit
  • Variable temperature hotplate, 24" x 36 "

The Digital Art & Design labs equipment includes:

  • Imac Pro and Alienware Gaming comptuters
  • Up to Date Adobe® Creative Suite software (free to all students)
  • Autodesk 3D software (Maya, Fusion 360 and more)
  • HP Laserjet 5500 color laser printer
  • Epson Perfection V700 Photo Scanner
  • Multiple sized Epson Stylus Pro Inkjet Archival dye based printers

The Sculpture Studio equipment includes:

  • MIG welder
  • Plasma cutter
  • Gas forge
  • 2-Oxygen/Actylene cutting and welding torches
  • Sheet metal shear, brake, roller
  • Metal chop saw
  • Vertical band saw
  • Miter saw
  • Belt sander
  • Table saw
  • Drill press
  • Stationary grinder

The Digital Fabrication Lab equipment includes:

  • Makerbot 2 3D Printer
  • Makerbot Replicator 5th Gen 3D Printer
  • Fusion 3 F410 3D Printer
  • Eleego UV Resin based 3D Printer
  • Eazao Clay based 3D Printer
  • Large format Vinyl cutter
  • Small table top CNC Mill
  • Full Spectrum MUSE Laser cutter / engraver
  • Electronics workstation (soldering station, fume extractor, tools, etc.)

Contact Us

Department of Art & Art History

Phone: (910) 962-2922
Fax: (910) 962-7106

Aaron Wilcox, Department Chair

601 South College Road
Wilmington, NC 28403-5911