The work of the College of Arts + Architecture is based on three primary components: curriculum, faculty, and community. The curriculum is not static or permanent, as we are constantly engaging in new approaches and methods of cultural production and arts practice while continuing to teach the core skills of sight, sound, touch, movement, and representation. Our accomplished faculty are equally committed to excellent teaching and professional development in their field of expertise. We connect to the community through the act of discovering new potential in the places we live, work, and visit.

Cover of In June 2013, the College of Arts + Architecture published Scholarship in Action, a collection of stories that survey some of the projects, publications, exhibitions, performances, and awards that have higlighted the first five years of the College's existence. Click the cover image to the right to download a PDF of the book.

Our work represents UNC Charlotte’s commitment to the arts and culture on campus and in the larger community. The campus is a living laboratory where students engage in research, community, and social and aesthetic issues through studio and performance-based experiences, as well as theoretical and historical models of critical thinking. The campus is where we push beyond what anyone might expect.

Action is at the heart of any arts practice. The arts and architecture disciplines are the engine for creative education, creative programming, creative leadership development, and creative community engagement by the University. The College promotes a dynamic arts program in which a diverse group of students are encouraged as artists and designers to become self-reflective, intellectually curious and politically engaged.

Today’s students are incredibly skilled, passionate, curious, and realistic, but they confront global challenges we’re just beginning to understand. The College is committed to preparing students for a lifetime of sustained art-making. Though the forms of art-making and design practice will change over time and according to new contexts, the core belief in the power of the arts to enhance people’s lives forms the bedrock of the CoA+A.