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, Music, Film 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.
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.
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.
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.
Let's Work Together
One Student's Story
Research Leads to Museums, Galleries Abroad
Kyle Canter’s study of art history has led him to some far-away places.
The arts studies and history double major followed his growing interest in the history of photography to museums, galleries and archives in the United States and across Europe.
He’s interviewed prominent art collectors in New York, searched through reference libraries in Berlin and gained access to rare prints in Italy.
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.
Arts Studies Spotlight More
Adventurer in a Tweed Jacket
NC State's Association of Retired Faculty recognized former Arts Studies Director with the Friday Award of Distinguished Retired Faculty.
“Fake It So Real” Gets Real Recognition
Robert Green's (Film Studies '00) documentary follows a group of men in Lincolnton, NC who set up rings and and suit up as wrestlers.
Filling in Film History, Professors Find First Place
NC State University professors of English Devin and Marsha Orgeron, along with their co-editor, Dan Streible, set out to bring educational films into the academic discourse of Film Studies.
Scoring Music Based on Geometric Algorithms
Arts Studies Director's, Rodney Waschka, Winter Concerto released by RMA label in London.