Thank you for your interest in the Department of Art and Visual Communication at Mount Olive College. You may earn a bachelor of arts or a bachelor of science degree in either art or visual communication. The bachelor of arts degree requires a foreign language component. The bachelor of science degree does not.
The Art Department's mission is to provide educational opportunities that will enable our students to become competent in the theory and practice of visual art. The department will emphasize technical proficiency, conceptual understanding, increased awareness of the student's artistic talents, and the role of the arts in society, including experiential learning and interdisciplinary opportunities.
Our departmental faculty provides a diversity of expertise and experience, which we share with our majors through anecdotal discussion and classroom skill development.
Classes Tailored to You
Our department is small and our majors and art faculty are close-knit as a department. Our class sizes are also small, and one-on-one instruction is the rule rather than the exception. Our faculty encourages interaction with our majors even if students are not in a specific class with a faculty member. Our studio class sizes range from six to nine students on average.
Options for Art and Visual Communication Majors
Bachelor of Arts or Science in Art
This degree is designed for the student interested in working in fine arts or entering graduate school in studio art. Students majoring in art will take courses in design, drawing, painting, photography and art history.
Bachelor of Arts of Science in Visual Communication
This degree is designed to prepare the student to enter the graphic design profession. The three areas of study within the program are graphic design, illustration and photography.
We also offer minors in Art, Visual Communication and Photography.
Minor in Art
To minor in art, a student must complete 24 semester hours with no grade below C in the minor. Required minor courses are ART 230, 235, 330, 335, 430 and 431. Students interested in a minor in art must confer with the department chair to declare an art minor.
Minor in Visual Communication
To minor in visual communication, a student must complete 24 semester hours with no grade below C in the minor. Required minor courses are ART 111, 120, 140, 210, 220, 230, 320 and 420. Students interested in a minor in visual communication must confer with the department chair to declare a visual communication minor.
Minor in Photography
To minor in photography, a student must complete 18 semester hours with no grade below C in the minor. Required minor courses are ART 111, 140, 230, 330, 430 and 431. Students interested in a minor in photography must confer with the department chair to declare a minor in photography.
Opportunities for Student Involvement
We offer internships to advanced students. We are continually searching for internship opportunities as well as internal, departmental internships.
We offer scholarships to students who show good progress and dedication to their major. Scholarships are in values of $250, $500, $1000, and $1500. Students must maintain good academic standing in order to keep scholarships.
Career Opportunities in Graphic Design
- Magazine Art Director
- Publication Designer
- Television Graphics Designer
- Film Title Designer
- Store Design, Concept, Display
- Production Artist
- Package Designer
- Public Relations
- Marketing & Promotions
- Corporate Communications Director
- Interactive Educational Designer
- Corporate Identity/Branding
- Web Designer
Career Opportunities in Fine Art
- Editorial Cartoonist
- Museum Or Gallery Curator
- Forensics Sketch Artist
- Matte Painter
- 3D Animator
- Texture Artist
- Art Therapy
- Interior Designer
- Art Dealer
- Art Teacher
- Set Designer
|Professor of Fine Arts
M.F.A.: East Carolina University, 1995
B.A.: Barton College, 1982
A.A.: Mount Olive College, 1978
|Associate Professor of Visual Communication
M.P.D. (Master of Product Design): North Carolina State University School of Design, 1980
B.F.A.: University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, 1973
Larry D. Lean
|Professor of Fine Arts & Visual Communication
M.F.A.: Rochester Institute of Technology • School of Photographic Arts and Sciences, 1985
M.F.A.: East Carolina University, 1978
B.F.A: East Carolina University, 1975
|Assistant Professor of Visual Communication
M.F.A.: Savannah College of Art & Design, 2002
M.A.: East Tennessee State University, 1995
B.A.: East Tennessee State University, 1987
A.A.: Emmanuel College, 1985