If you dream of a painting, drawing, or ceramics career, art is an ideal major. Whether you’ve been studying art for years or you just feel the pull of possibility, you’ll find a home in the Department of Art and Design. Imagine classes in the Donald and Maria Cox Visual Arts Building. This repurposed building is one of the oldest buildings on campus and features bright, airy studios and views of East River Mountain for inspiration. The faculty of accomplished artists will guide you in hands-on learning.

Historic Roots, Brilliant Future

The art major teaches you to recognize and evaluate work from around the world, past to present. Studio art classes provide strong techniques as you develop a body of work that’s deeply meaningful and personal. Above all, our goal is to help you discover your individual artistic voice. And as an art graduate, you can look forward to a career in a variety of fields. In addition to art, our graphic communication major combines both art and communication training if your passion is advertising or graphic design.

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On-Campus: Spring Semester 2021

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Courses & Requirements:

General Education & Degree Requirements

Bachelor's Degree (BA)
General Education (52 Credits)

General Education requirements may be fulfilled in more specific courses for certain majors. Students seeking a BA degree must complete 6 credit hours of intermediate language studies.


  • Bluefield Core (9 Credits)
  • Composition (6 Credits)
  • Christian Studies (3*- 6** Credits)
  • Fine Arts (3 Credits)
  • History (6 Credits)
  • Literature (3 Credits)
  • Macroeconomics (3 Credits)
  • Math (3*- 6** Credits)
  • Science (4 Credits)
  • Social Science (3 Credits)
  • Speech (3 Credits)

* On-Campus   ** Online

Major Requirements (42 Credits)

  • Art Major Requirements (21 Credits)
    • Drawing Fundamentals
    • Design Problems
    • Art Appreciation
    • Intro to Graphic Design (Photoshop & Illustrator)
    • Studies in Modern Art
    • Contemporary Art History & Criticism
    • Portfolio Presentation
  • Art Major Electives (21 Credits) (Choose 7)
    • Figure Drawing
    • Printmaking I
    • Painting I
    • Ceramic Hand-building
    • Sculpture I
    • Photography
    • Printmaking II
    • Painting II
    • Ceramics on the Wheel
    • Sculpture II
    • Internship in Art
    • Directed Study in Art
    • Advanced Painting/Drawing
    • Advanced Ceramics
    • Special Topics in Art
Electives (26 Credits)
Total Credits: 120

Take a look at some of the career opportunities available to graduates of this program:

Art Curator
Graphic Designer
Interior Designer
Art Director
Animator
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