Prospective Art Students

Whether you plan to become a studio artist, a graphic designer, an art historian or an art teacher, the Department of Art is here to help you reach your goals. Exciting times lie ahead for Radford Arts, and we hope you’ll be a part of it!


Admission to Our Program

The Department of Art does not require a portfolio review or any special requirements beyond the regular admissions process. Knowing that our students come from all walks of like and have varying levels of exposure to the arts, the department prefers not to place an extra barrier to admission. It is the belief of our department that incoming students can be coached up and prepared for success by our talented, caring faculty.

Our Accreditation

Radford is one of only five accredited university Art programs in the Commonwealth of Virginia, granting the Bachelor of Fine Arts degree with concentrations in Studio Art, Graphic Design, Art Education; the Bachelor of Arts degree with a concentration in Art History and Museum Studies; and the Bachelor of Science with a concentration in Studio Art; and the Master of Fine Arts with a concentration in Studio Art. 

Optimized Learning Environment

Radford’s student-to-faculty ratio is only 14:1, providing an optimized learning environment where the student is not just a number. This enables our faculty to be deeply involved in the success of each student, often maintaining their professional relationships long after graduation. 

The Art faculty are experts in their fields with exhibitions, presentations, publications, awards, and commissioned works for regional, national and international forums. Our faculty all have years of professional and workplace experience to pass on to students.

Our Location

Radford University is conveniently located on the banks of the New River in beautiful Southwest Virginia with many outdoor activities such as hiking, mountain biking, climbing, fishing, tubing and kayaking just at your doorstep. Radford is known for its vibrant and diverse student population, traditional brick campus, and beautiful backdrop of rivers, lakes, and mountains.

Coming Soon: Artis Center for Adaptive Innovation and Creativity

The Department of Art will soon be relocating to the new Artis Center for Adaptive Creativity and Innovation, a $97.8 million, 178,000 square foot facility housing the entire College of Visual and Performing Arts. The Artis Center is expected to open in fall 2024.