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What You’ll Study

Are you an artist looking to hone your craft at the college level? As a studio art major at Queens, you will grow your artistic abilities by generating ideas, developing concepts and techniques, and presenting through a hands-on approach in the studio. You will become well-versed in creative and critical thinking while also learning to work within different art mediums such as paint, clay, fabric, and much more.

Paints, brushed, and other paint tools on a table

Studio art majors also have opportunities for internships and hands-on experiences with more than 30 art museums and galleries in the Charlotte area. Our well-connected faculty introduces students to the many local art organizations such as museums, galleries, and art-related businesses like advertising firms and the Arts & Science Council. Apprenticeships with local artists and conservators are also available. 

Studio art majors can also double-major in arts leadership & management, broadening their skill base and marketability. Queens understands the importance of having the freedom to perfect your craft, so we invite our art students to take advantage of having 24-hour access to studio space. 

How Can You Use This Degree?

Our graduates are ready to jump into a variety of roles including:

  • Artist 
  • Designer 
  • Illustrator 
  • Educator 
  • Restorer 
  • Consultant 
  • Curator 
  • Gallery owner 
  • Community arts organizer 

Highlighted Courses

  • Ceramics (ARS 200) 
  • Printmaking (ARS 201) 
  • Sculpture (ARS 300) 
  • Painting (ARS 301) 

Student Highlights

“Without the studio art major at Queens, I don’t think I would have discovered my passion and decided to pursue a master’s program. I am now a graduate student at Loyola Marymount University in Los Angeles, CA studying Marital and Family Therapy with a deep concentration in Art Therapy.”

– Anna McNerney ’16

Program Contact

Melissa Gamez 

Assistant Professor of Design 
Director of Graphic Design and Studio Art 

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