Art studies different visual media like painting, drawing, sculpture, and photography. It builds visual vocabulary, understanding of visual relationships present in the art, and personal artistic style.
In our visually oriented society, an understanding of visual communication—historical and contemporary—is vital to understanding the world and who people are throughout time in areas such as printmaking, oil painting, watercolor, and photography. Works of art provide a key to understanding culture, thought, and human experience, and opportunities for career success for graduates with an art degree are continuously growing.
The art program at Southern Virginia University develops students’ proficiency in their chosen medium. Students in the program engage in challenging artistic experiences in small classroom settings that provide one-on-one mentoring from professors and cultivate literate, articulate artists with both breadth and depth of artistic experience. The culmination of the undergraduate experience is a group exhibition in which each student presents a focused body of work in a particular medium, with opportunities to present work in local shows and galleries.
Begin by taking Drawing I (ART 120) in your first year
Get in touch with Professor Jacob Ricks to discuss your interests and goals
Turn in a completed Declare Major form to the Registrar’s Office
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Portraiture Artist, work featured in European Museum of Modern Art, the Rijksmuseum, and Sotheby’s.Read more
“Art is literally everywhere you look, and contrary to the starving artist idea, there are so many jobs for artists in the world. At Southern Virginia we help you develop your artistic style and learn to market your skills and work so you can thrive as an artist.”
– Professor Brandon Gonzales