About Art

Artists have an eye for beauty, a vision for creativity and a knack for originality and use these skills and others to create commercial or fine art pieces in various mediums. Art students at Valdosta State University build their portfolios while developing the knowledge and skills necessary to pursue careers in art-related fields or to continue their studies at the graduate level. 

Art at Valdosta State University

Students in the Valdosta State Department of Art enjoy small classes and receive one-on-one attention from faculty. Art students have access to 11 studio areas around the college and have the opportunity to display their work on campus in the VSU Fine Arts Gallery. Annual events such as the Open Student Competition and Senior Exhibit give students additional opportunities to display their work to the Valdosta State community. Students may broaden their horizons by participating in the department’s study abroad program in Florence, Italy, where they take courses in art history and drawing and see great works of art in person. All art students are invited to participate in Kappa Pi, an organization dedicated to promoting artistic excellence at the college level and beyond.


  • Bachelor of Fine Arts (B.F.A.)
  • Bachelor of Arts (B.A.)


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About the Art Curriculum


The Bachelor of Fine Arts degree is a comprehensive program that focuses on a common body of knowledge and skills in art studio and art history coursework. The degree prepares students to be competent artists and to succeed in art-related careers. Students are also equipped with the skills to engage in in-depth research and study in the areas of art and design and to pursue graduate studies in the field. Students in the B.F.A. program develop the knowledge, skills, concepts and sensitivities essential to the professional life of an artist or designer.

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In the Bachelor of Arts program, students receive a liberal arts degree with a major in art and develop skills, knowledge and competency in the discipline. Students develop a broad base of knowledge in the visual arts and other areas, focus on historic and contemporary forms of art, and develop problem-solving skills in the area of art analysis. The coursework is flexible and many students choose a minor outside of art to complement their liberal arts studies. The program prepares students for entrepreneurial careers in the visual arts and for advanced degrees.

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The minor program is for students interested in art or art history who are pursuing a different major degree program. Students must take 15 semester hours of coursework to complete the art minor.


  • Art director

  • Art instructor

  • Book designer

  • Cartoonist

  • Computer animator

  • Digital media designer

  • Exhibit designer

  • Gallery owner

  • Graphic designer

  • Illustrator

  • Industrial designer

  • Museum administrator

  • Museum curator

  • Museum educator

  • Painter

  • Photographer

  • Printmaker

  • Product designer

  • Sculptor

  • Secondary school art teacher

  • Video game designer

  • Visual effects artist

  • Web designer

*Some career possibilities may require additional degrees or certifications.

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