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Art & Graphic Design
Begin your journey in the Arts at Radford University
Art encompasses how we create, see, think, feel, and experience. Art captures what it means to be alive in a particular place, time, culture, mind, and body.
Students in art courses learn how to create images and objects that express personal, cultural, or commercial ideas. They connect with and respond to influential artists, designers, and thinkers from diverse cultures and historical periods, and they explore human themes like beauty, politics, and identity. By making, interpreting, and analyzing art, you gain ways to know yourself, express ideas, and understand people and cultures, of today and yesterday.
Art benefits all. Students receive training to become
- Art therapists
- Creative entrepreneurs
Radford University is one of only five institutions in Virginia accredited by the National Association of Schools of Art and Design (NASAD).
NASAD is the top national accrediting agency for art and design programs, and accreditation recognizes high quality instruction, facilities, and support. Fewer than 350 schools in the nation have received this prestigious accreditation!
Hear from our renowned faculty
Coming Soon: State-of-the-Art Complex
At 178,000 square feet, the Artis Center for Adaptative Innovation and Creativity will be the largest academic building on campus. Classes are anticipated to be held in the new facility starting in the Fall 2024 semester.
News & Events
Young Painters Study an Old Master »
Students in Alexandra Leonetti's Special Topics course on Caravaggio learn how old techniques of light and shadow have a place in their own work.
Q&A with 3D Artist Will Sawyer »
Will Sawyer's hands-on, personal approach makes him popular with students of all levels.
Outdoor Painting Workshops Offered at Selu this Year »
On April 22, the Radford University Art Museum will offer the first of multiple outdoor workshops open to all painters of all skill levels free of charge.
Regional Arts Show at Radford University »
This summer, Radford University Art Museum will host the Radford Fine Arts Show, a juried exhibition of artwork from around Southwest Virginia.
Exploring the Dark Side of the Moon »
The College of Visual and Performing Arts celebrates the 50th anniversary of Pink Floyd’s landmark concept album, Dark Side of the Moon, with a free live performance.
Radford Students Shine at Addys »
Radford Students Shine at Addy Awards