UNC Asheville Debuts Two New Majors
(November 13, 2013)
UNC Asheville launched two new major programs this fall—the Bachelor of Arts in Art History and the Bachelor of Fine Arts in Jazz and Contemporary Music. Both gained approval from the UNC Board of Governors this past spring based on the strong curricula already built by the faculty and serious student interest in the subjects. “With the new B.F.A. program in Jazz and Contemporary Music, the students will be able to function as professional musicians,” says Music Department Chair and Professor Wayne Kirby.
“With a variety of new ensembles, we’re preparing the students to do all kinds of gigs—musicians have to be able to play in many styles to be able to work consistently, and they need great sight-reading skills to do recording sessions.” The department has added faculty integral to Asheville’s hot new jazz scene, who are able to give the B.F.A. students experience performing in clubs.
We have many art graduates already succeeding in the art history field, and the new degree should help open even more doors.”
—Leisa Rundquist, associate professor of art history
The new Art History Program also links students to the art world off-campus, bringing in local curators and gallery owners to talk to classes, and through student internships in places like the Flood Gallery and the Asheville Art Museum. As an early example of their collaborative work, the Asheville Art Museum will feature an exhibit from January through May curated by Leisa Rundquist, associate professor of art history, with help from Katie Johnson ’13 and current students.“We have many art graduates already succeeding in the art history field, and the new degree should help open even more doors,” says Rundquist. “It signals to employers and to other universities that our program has a high standard—an intensity and academic rigor. Our students will go into graduate programs in art history and jobs ranging from library science to archival work and museum work, to journalism and art criticism—art history involves really solid writing and research skills.”
Read more news Around the Quad in the Fall 2013 UNC Asheville Magazine.