Art and Design Major Overview

The Art Department strives to transform students’ hearts, minds, and lives by developing an awareness and knowledge of art history, and offering instruction on how an artist works and thinks in producing a work of art.

This instruction along with personal interaction provides a quality educational program for students taking classes in the visual arts. 

The Art and Design Department is housed in the Donald and Maria Cox Visual Arts Building which opened in the fall of 2000. This new art complex tripled our studio space and is a delightful environment to create art. With East River Mountain as our stage, the Cox Building is a diamond on our already beautiful campus.

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Art majors have the opportunity to teach in our Fine Arts Community School, which provides classes for local children and adults. We also have Art life at Bluefield College, which includes a variety of activities. Opportunities for students include visiting artist workshops, field trips to area museums and galleries (including Washington D.C.), and an Art Club for camaraderie among majors and minors. Students also exhibit their work in Lansdell Hall each semester, and art majors help design several on-campus publications including our web page. We also have available several Art Scholarships each year so be sure and inquire about these.

Major Outcomes

The Art and Design Department teaches students how to recognize global artworks and styles from the past to the present, and teaches the student an art vocabulary necessary for critical evaluation.

Career Opportunities

  • Art Director
  • Graphic Designer
  • Advertising
  • Art Teacher
  • Photographer
  • Illustrator

Graduate Schools Attended by Alumni

  • Radford University (Art)
  • University of Memphis (Art)
  • Savannah School of Art and Design (Film)
  • Marshall University (Mental Health Counseling)
  • Florence Academy of Art (Art)

Positions Held by Alumni

  • Washington County School System, Art Teacher
  • Tazewell County School System, Art Teacher
  • Lamar Advertising, Art Director
  • Middle Georgia College, Associate Professor of Art
  • Freelance Artist, Owner
  • All Nippon Airways, Accessories Shop Retail

    Clubs and Organizations

    Bluefield College Art Club

    The aim of the Bluefield College Art Club is to provide the faculty, staff, and students with opportunities to share ideas, insight in art concepts, and fellowship. They sponsor several field trips per year, highlighted by a bi-annual trip to Washington D.C. There are two annual sales per year, at Christmas and in the Spring, to raise money for the Art and Design Department. Meetings are held once a week for one hour during the school year. Contact Walter Shroyer if you are interested in joining the Art Club.

    The Art Department at Bluefield College consists of teachers who not only know what they are teaching; they are passionate and skilled artists themselves. They continually encourage you to get out of your comfort zone and grow. I am thankful to have been a part of this program.

    Jessica Looney, Bastian, VA, Class of 2013