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Drawing and sketching in art class

View the 2020-2021 Fine Arts calendar here. 

We believe the greatest risk is letting your true potential remain unrealized. This is especially important in the field of art. Young Harris College is where you can venture to be original, inspire others and accomplish more than you ever imagined.

Young Harris College is active in the arts community and well-known in the mountain region for fine arts. Our Campus Gate Art Gallery annually hosts five exhibitions of nationally recognized artists as well as the Juried Student Art Exhibition. Our talented faculty—active in showings and conferences themselves—are your mentors.

Our natural landscape and meaningful field experiences stir your soul to create. We also encourage you to travel locally and abroad to study great works of the past and present. Our students take trips to Atlanta to see major art exhibits, embark on exciting excursions sponsored by the Art League and Photography Club, hear lectures by a variety of visiting artists and have opportunities to gain practical experience in publishing, layout design and photography through campus publications and student organizations.

The visual arts department at Young Harris College emphasizes perception, drawing skills and understanding the elements of design: line, texture, value, shape, space and color. We bring disciplines together so artists of all kinds can see alternative perspectives, spark fresh ideas and learn from each other.

When you graduate with a bachelor’s degree in art from Young Harris College, you’ll engage in art making on both a conceptual and technical level, and skillfully use tools, equipment, media and technology to your advantage. You can go directly into the art world, attend grad school or employ your skills in any creative field. Beyond working as an artist outright, art majors can find jobs in graphic design, animation, photography, film, illustration, education, gallery curation, nonprofits or architecture.

Minor Program

Students seeking the art minor will learn technical and conceptual problem solving skills that will enhance their liberal arts education and allow them to seek careers with a creative element.  The art minor requires courses in art history, studio art, and participation in the thesis exhibition at the Campus Gate Art Gallery. Art minors may choose to take courses in drawing, painting, sculpture, digital arts, printmaking, photography and art history.

View the Bachelor of Arts in Art curriculum.*

View the Art Minor curriculum.*



For upcoming Fine Arts events, please view our YHC Events page.

Questions? Contact Art Department Chair Ted Whisenhunt.

*When viewing requirements for your major, please select appropriate catalog year.