Arts Studies

Discover ways to connect your chosen arts field with other areas in the humanities and sciences through Arts Studies. You will progress through one of four foundational areas: Visual Art, MusicFilm or Theater. During your course of study, you will identify key concepts, literature and issues in your foundation area, formulate a research question, and develop and apply research skills needed for multidisciplinary projects.  Students can become a part of Art Studies through a major or minor in the field.

Arts studies students apply their vision to solve problems creatively.

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Why study the arts?

Arts Studies majors learn skills that apply to many fields, which are relevant in a changing, interdisciplinary, global world. Our students find work in museums and art galleries, sound studios, arts nonprofits and community arts programs.  Graduates of the program follow their passion to make art and teach others and start their own arts businesses. They become artistic directors for large companies and start-ups.

A society’s competitive advantage will come not from how well its schools teach the multiplication and periodic tables, but from how well they stimulate imagination and creativity.

-Albert Einstein

Student Learning Outcomes

1. The ability to identify key concepts, literature, and issues of their foundation area

2. The ability to identify and formulate a multi-arts research question

3. The ability to develop and apply research skills needed for multidisciplinary projects.

If you have any more questions please visit our FAQ page. Click here for a list of Arts Studies faculty.

Foundational Areas

Arts Studies Symposia 

The Arts Studies program sponsors the Arts Now Series, a season of evening programs featuring the best of cutting-edge art. For further information, see the Arts NOW website.

Arts Club

Help organize and participate in art exhibits, visiting artist lectures, arts workshops, and campus arts activities. Join now through NCSU student involvement, Arts Club.

If you are interested, please contact Professor Ralston.

Let's Work Together



Graduates from Arts Studies enjoy careers in arts management, arts entrepreneurship (such as owning a gallery or recording studio), arts education or nonprofit arts administration, or as artists in film, music or visual art. 

For general information about the Arts Studies program, please contact the program director, Dr. Rodney Waschka.

Enrollment and Curricula

For course registration and enrollment inquiries, contact Bruce Cheek, student services specialist, Interdisciplinary Studies, Humanities and Social Sciences. Search through Registration and Records to find Arts Studies Courses. Make sure to select ARS when searching for subject. There are additional arts and culture related courses under different course prefixes (ENG, HI, MUS, THE, etc.)

For Arts Studies degree requirements, information can be found in the Registration and Records Curriculum Guide. For IDS Arts Studies Majors, select "Humanities & Social Sciences." Then, select your "Arts Studies" concentration choice. Also, here is a Arts Studies semester-by-semester plan for  Film, Music,  Theatre and Visual Studies.

ARS 414 student, Braxton White’s Experimental Sonic Video is featured at the Annual NCSU Libraries Student Short Film
Showcase this spring.