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.

The Academic Catalog is the student guide to all policies and procedures for Bluefield College.

On-Campus: August 19, 2021



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 Credits)
  • Fine Arts (3 Credits)
  • History (6 Credits)
  • Literature (3 Credits)
  • Macroeconomics (3 Credits)
  • Math (3 Credits)
  • Science (4 Credits)
  • Social Science (3 Credits)
  • Speech (3 Credits)
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

Career opportunities available to graduates of this program include:

Art Curator
Graphic Designer
Interior Designer
Art Director

Early College students,

Congratulations! You have elected to enroll in an online, college-level course. Each course is different in its requirements involving theory, application, depth of reflection, and research. Occasionally, the title of a course has been chosen to broadly describe the course content. As an Early College student, you may need to communicate with the instructor to discuss your ability to meet the course’s requirements within the first two days of the course, within the drop/add period. This allows you time to select another option if you believe the course requirements are beyond your current level of learning.

Your grades will be final and appear on your Bluefield College transcript, so it is important that you do your best.

If you have a learning disability, it is important that you communicate that with our Associate Director of Academic Support, Mr. Wayne Pelts, prior to your classes starting. Mr. Pelts will need documentation in order to offer any accommodations. You may reach Mr. Pelts at wpelts@bluefield.edu.

An advisor will contact you prior to each enrollment period to discuss course options and will assist you in enrolling in your online classes. Remember we are here to support you and help you be successful.