What Distinguishes the Art Program at St. Andrews?
One of the greatest benefits of studying the visual arts at St. Andrews is the almost unlimited studio time made available to students in the six 2D and 3D studios and computer art studio. All provide generous space for hands-on experiences students require to make their artistic visions real. This, combined with the personal, individualized attention of an experienced faculty, gives St. Andrews visual art majors a distinct advantage when it comes time to fill out graduate school or job application forms.
Six studio-classrooms that face the colleges 70-acre lake support painting, sculpture, ceramics, drawing and design efforts. The 3-Dimensional areas of the studios include a metal shop for welding steel and casting bronze and aluminum and a well-equipped wood shop and a ceramics studio. Painting, drawing and design studios are bright and full of natural light. The computer art studios, part of the Electronic Fine Arts Center (EFAC), is equipped with state of the art hardware and software for 2-D image creation, 3-D modeling, animation and digital video editing. In this space, students are encouraged to collaborate on larger projects with students working in the music and video production areas of EFAC. The Department of Art also has an extensive slide library covering works of art and architecture from prehistoric to contemporary times, and from both the Eastern and Western traditions.
Students are encouraged to gather on-the-job experience and develop professional contacts through internship opportunities offered by the College. Visual art students have worked at galleries and museums, businesses and agencies, television stations and commercial art and design studios. St. Andrews students also have interned at the Smithsonian Institution, the Mint Museum, Reynolda House, the North Carolina Museum of Art, the Indian Museum of the Carolinas, the Scotland County Arts Council, the Moore County Arts Council and the St. Andrews Press. Many St. Andrews students have turned their internships into jobs, and those jobs into rewarding careers.