Architecture student working on a model in the studio
art students in studio painting

Events Each Year
Degrees & Concentrations

Music students walking through uptown with their instruments passing a sign that says performance tonight

UNC Charlotte Jazz Ensemble performs on Uptown Stage

Architecture students working on algae wall with professor

Architecture students bring energy-efficient design to the city

Housed Uptown in the Innovation Barn, Professor of Architecture Kyoung-Hee Kim and her students are developing a window system that uses microalgae to make buildings more energy-efficient.

“I’d really like to see the public interact with the windows and see the potential for microalgae in building systems,” says student Constance Sartor. “Incorporating an entirely new system like this into sustainable design can really help us push the limits on what we can do with sustainable architecture in the future,” student Josh Davids continues.


Dance students perform at Uptown historic church to share untold stories

Based on oral histories and featuring Hip-Hop artist YUNG Citizen, the Charlotte Strings Collective, literary artist Malika J Stevely, and dance professor Ashley Tate with dance alumni, “Brooklyn to Browne’s Ferry” told the inspiring story of Grace A.M.E. Zion Church and the move from its historic building to a new home. ⁠

“I’d really like to see the public interact with the windows and see the potential for microalgae in building systems,” says student Constance Sartor. “Incorporating an entirely ” student Josh Davids continues.

Charlotte Symphony stock photo

Students thrive in Uptown Charlotte cultural internships

Nestled in the heart of our vibrant city, students are uniquely positioned to take advantage of the bustling cultural landscape of Charlotte. Each semester, students work with renowned museums, galleries, arts organizations, design firms, and architecture firms in uptown Charlotte.

This internship has allowed me to gain experience and knowledge in a professional environment, specifically in the music industry. Music is a catalyst for a stronger, more connected community,” says former intern with the Charlotte Symphony and music student May Bahizad.

What can you do with a degree in the arts and design?

As the College of Arts + Architecture, we reaffirm the value of bringing the arts and design together in common purpose. And we celebrate the amazing community that demonstrates the power of these disciplines to shape the world. Check out alumni spotlights on each of our department pages to meet some of our fantastic alumni!

TikTok duo Marideth and Austin

Marideth Telenko, BA in Dance with a concentration in Performance, Choreography, and Theory ‘20, is a professional dancer/choreographer and half of the viral dance duo @cost_n_mayor with over 7M TikTok followers! Her recent projects include choreographing productions of Waitress at La Mirada Theatre in Los Angeles, going on tour with Pentatonix, and dancing in major campaigns for NBC, Target, Amazon Prime, Disney, Kate Spade, and many more.

Kalin Devone, Bachelor of Fine Arts in Art with a concentration in painting ‘15, is a working artist in Charlotte, who has been involved in the creation of various murals across the city, along with commissioned orders for paintings. Her recent projects include working with PUMA and Footlocker to debut Charlotte Hornets star LaMelo Ball’s new clothing release, creating a painting for Charlotte FC commemorating Juneteenth, and other commissions for T-mobile, F1 Las Vegas, Micheals, Harris Teeter, Procter and Gamble, Whiteclaw, and many more.

Artist Kalin Devone with her painting in the background
Costume artist Jack Taggart headshot

Jack Taggart, Bachelor of Creative Arts ‘88, is a textile artist on feature films being made all over the United States, in Europe, and beyond. Jack has worked on a long A-list of films — Guardians of the Galaxy (2 and 3), Dunkirk, the Avatar franchise, Top Gun: MaverickBlack Panther, and The Dark Knight Rises, to name a few. Top Hollywood directors like Clint Eastwood (with whom he’s done 14 films), Steven Spielberg, James Cameron, Quentin Tarantino, the Coen Brothers, Tim Burton, Denis Villeneuve, and Christopher Nolan all come to him for his expertise. 

Alaa Bou Ghanem, Master of Architecture ’20 and Bachelor of Arts in Architecture ’18, is a Lebanese-American Architect born and raised in the small town of Ramleh. Alaa worked with the renowned company, Little Diversified Architectural Consulting for five years before becoming the CEO and founder of his own architecture firm, AB Group. While at Little Diversified Architectural Consulting, he worked on projects for the National Museum of Korean Literature and Silicone Valley’s SPARK, among many more.

Alaa Bou Ghanem headshot in architecture studio

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Behind the scenes of student life

You can keep exploring our website to learn about our programs, but if you really want to see what life is like in our college, follow us at @CLT_COAA on Instagram! Some of our fav series we’re currently sharing are #ArtistsOfCoAA, #ToolsOfTheTrade, and student takeovers!

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Brian Arreola’s Zavala-Zavala is based on a true story.

Eli Coblenz is Providence Day School art teacher Sydney Sheaffer’s first Gold Medal winner.

Thomas Schmidt’s 75-foot “Connected” echoes Charlotte’s electrical grid.

Emily Makas will co-edit a book about the life and work of architect Phillip Freelon.

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Assistant Professor of Music and Director of Choral Activities


Professor of Architecture and Director of Graduate Programs


Assistant Professor of Graphic Design


Professor of Directing


Associate Professor of Architecture in Building Technology + Design Integration


Assistant Professor of Dance; Dance Education Coordinator


Assistant Professor of Trumpet


Assistant Professor of Dance


Associate Professor of Digital Media/Digital Photography


Assistant Professor of Dance

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