Daytime Degree Programs: Department of Art & Visual Communication at University of Mount Olive

Program Description

Thank you for your interest in the Department of Art and Visual Communication at University of Mount Olive. 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
  • Printer
  • Typographer
  • Public Relations
  • Marketing & Promotions
  • Corporate Communications Director
  • Interactive Educational Designer
  • Corporate Identity/Branding
  • Advertising
  • Photographer
  • Web Designer

Career Opportunities in Fine Art

  • Painter
  • Sculptor
  • Illustrator
  • Editorial Cartoonist
  • Museum Or Gallery Curator
  • Forensics Sketch Artist
  • Matte Painter
  • 3D Animator
  • Texture Artist
  • Art Therapy
  • Animator
  • Interior Designer
  • Art Dealer
  • Art Teacher
  • Muralist
  • Set Designer

Useful Resources

UGETC - Community College Articulation Agreement in Art


Cheryl Hooks

Professor of Fine Arts

M.F.A.: East Carolina University, 1995
Major: Painting and Drawing

B.A.: Barton College, 1982
Major: Commercial Art

A.A.: University of Mount Olive, 1978


Robert Murray

Associate Professor of Visual Communication

M.P.D. (Master of Product Design): North Carolina State University School of Design, 1980
Major: Visual Design

B.F.A.: University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, 1973
Major: Painting and Sculpture


Larry D. Lean

Professor of Fine Arts & Visual Communication

M.F.A.: Rochester Institute of Technology • School of Photographic Arts and Sciences, 1985
Major: Photography

M.F.A.: East Carolina University, 1978
Major: Painting/Drawing

B.F.A: East Carolina University, 1975
Major: Printmaking


Steve Simmerman

Assistant Professor of Visual Communication

M.F.A.: Savannah College of Art & Design, 2002
Major: Graphic Design

M.A.: East Tennessee State University, 1995
Major: English

B.A.: East Tennessee State University, 1987
Major: English
Minor: Art

A.A.: Emmanuel College, 1985