We offer Bachelor of Arts degrees in Art History and Studio Art.
Students discover the complex potential of visual communication and culture. They gain a breadth and knowledge and also a depth of knowledge where they are most curious.
WFU art students go onto top graduate programs and a multitude of careers in art as well as in business, medicine, law, non-profits, and psychology among others. Learn more about careers in Art History and Studio Art »
We offer many opportunities for students to create, exhibit, curate, and even sell their work.
StArt: WFU Student Art Gallery is a thriving student exhibition space and learning laboratory. The Hanes Art Gallery in Scales Fine Arts Center hosts the Annual Student Show and an active schedule of national and international exhibitions.
Honors in Studio Art offers an intense studio and solo exhibition and Honors in Art History offers the opportunity to develop an original research project and thesis.
The University Art Collections contain over 1700 works installed throughout campus providing the unique opportunity to interact with art on a daily basis.
Seniors travel to Washington DC each fall on an overnight trip for an immersive experience viewing art.
World class resources such as Reynolda House Museum of American Art and Southeastern Center for Contemporary Art are a short walk from campus.
Management in the Visual Arts course, comprised of business and art students who travel to New York City for an exceptional and privileged look into the inner workings of the “Art World”.
Every four years a select group of students travel to New York to purchase contemporary art for the Student Union Collection. More »
Students may gain professional experience working in the many surrounding museums, galleries, arts organizations, and design firms.
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Opportunities to study abroad include the Wake Forest Campuses in London at the Worrell House, in Vienna at the Flow Haus, and in Venice at Casa Artom adjacent to the Guggenheim Museum.
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The WFU Center for Global Programs and Studies links to a wide range of programs and actively works to find the right opportunity for each student.
The Presidential Scholarship in Art is available to entering first-year students. Preference will be given to applicants who apply by November 15.
The Art Department offers a variety of art scholarships at sophomore, junior, and senior levels. Scholarships are available for art majors and minors including funds to experience art and architecture around the world. Departmental and University research fellowships are awarded for professional level community based arts projects.
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To reserve a campus visit, contact Undergraduate Admissions at www.wfu.edu/visitors.
To arrange a special tour of the art department, visit art classes in session, or request a brochure, contact the Art Department at art@wfu.edu or 336.758.5283.
Consider planning time to visit the University Art Collections throughout campus, Hanes Art Gallery, START: WFU Student Art Gallery in Reynolda Village, and other nearby museums such as Reynolda House Museum of American Art and Southeastern Center for Contemporary Art (SECCA).
Our History
The Art Major was begun in 1976 and has grown to over 100 majors and minors. Our program has over 20 faculty including those instructing in the Venice, London, and Vienna Programs.