The Department of Art, Art History, and Design offers a major in studio art with a concentration in painting, printmaking, or teaching licensure. Students are urged to begin the studio core foundation program as early as possible, preferably during their first semester at Salem. The program has been planned to give the student a solid background in academic training and expose her to a wide variety of media, techniques, and contemporary issues, with the result being a graduate confident in her abilities and clear in her artistic goals.

Students who seek licensure to teach art (grades K-12) should pursue the BA in studio art with a concentration in licensure (below). Admission to teacher education is required. Students seeking licensure will need to complete the required teacher education professional studies core courses and specialty area program courses.

Teacher licensure programs at Salem College has been approved by the North Carolina Department of Public Instruction.