Art + Design
Southern Virginia University
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Artists rule the world.

Look around — almost everything we see was designed by an artist. Visual communication and literacy have never been more important than they are today, and opportunities for career success for graduates with an art or design degree are more promising than ever.

The art program at Southern Virginia University exists to develop artists and designers in a faith-promoting environment aligned with The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. For more than 20 years, we’ve lifted and launched students into their dream jobs and placed many in some of the country’s top graduate programs in art and design.

We offer Art & Design scholarships to applying students, regardless of their intended major, who exhibit exceptional work ethic and potential for growth as artists or designers.

Majors

Beginning Fall 2020, the Art & Design Program at Southern Virginia University will offer two majors and eight concentrations.

Art Major

Students will acquire a foundation in studio art, art history, and design while learning to express themselves formally, skillfully and with creativity.

Major Requirements

Design Major

Students will acquire a foundation in visual communication and design with two elective tracks: Graphic Design & Industrial Design.

Concentrations

Art History / Museum Studies

The Art History / Museum Studies Concentration is offered through the Art program and prepares students for jobs in museum curation, gallery curation, art restoration, art archiving, art history, or teaching. The requirements include:

  • Art History I
  • Art History II
  • Non-Western Art
  • Museum Studies
  • Internship in Museum Studies

Digital Illustration

The Digital Illustration Concentration is offered through the Design program and prepares students for jobs in illustration, fine art, fashion design, illustration for children’s books or magazines, advertising, visual development, game design or book cover design. The requirements include:

  • Figure Drawing I
  • Digital Painting I
  • Digital Painting II
  • Visual Storytelling

Digital Photography

The Digital Photography Concentration is offered through the Art program and prepares students for jobs in fine art, fashion, photojournalism, food and product photography, sports and events photography, wildlife and landscape photography, portraiture, and advertising. The requirements include:

  • Digital Photography I
  • Digital Photography II
  • Digital Photography III
  • Internship in Digital Photography

Drawing

The Drawing Concentration is offered through the Art program and prepares students for jobs in fine art and illustration. The requirements include:

  • Drawing I
  • Drawing II
  • Figure Drawing I
  • Figure Drawing II

Graphic Design

The Graphic Design Concentration is offered through the Design program and prepares students for jobs in advertising, marketing, logo design and branding, or UI and web design. The requirements include:

  • Graphic Design I
  • Graphic Design II
  • Typography I
  • Graphic Design III
    or Internship in Graphic Design

Illustration

The Illustration Concentration is offered through the Design program and prepares students for jobs in illustration, fine art, fashion design, illustration for children’s books or magazines, advertising, visual development, game design or book cover design. The requirements include:

  • Figure Drawing I
  • Oil Painting I
    or Watercolor I
  • Color & Composition
  • Mixed Media

Painting

The Painting Concentration is offered through the Art program and prepares students for jobs in illustration, fine art, fashion design, or illustration for children’s books or magazines. The requirements include:

Emphasis in Oil:

  • Oil Painting I
  • Oil Painting II
  • Color & Composition
  • Quick Sketches

Emphasis in Watercolor:

  • Watercolor I
  • Watercolor II
  • Color & Composition
  • Quick Sketches

Printmaking

The Printmaking Concentration is offered through the Art program and prepares students for jobs in illustration, fine art, or graphic design. The requirements include:

  • Figure Drawing I
  • Digital Painting I
  • Digital Painting II
  • Visual Storytelling

Works

Faculty

Meet your new mentors.

In addition to producing beautiful work of their own, our outstanding and accomplished faculty are committed to teaching and lifting aspiring artists. You’ll work with each instructor in small classes centered on student learning and hands-on experience.

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Student & Alumni

We are constantly blown away by the beautiful work our students and alumni produce. Check back often as we continue to update this site with some of the best projects from our current and past artists and designers.

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