The B.F.A. program provides an excellent comprehensive education for the future professional artist, both in general studio and graphic design and prepares students for entry into Master of Fine Arts degree programs. Students in the B.F.A. program work with faculty to develop a professional portfolio. A portfolio review is administered each academic year during the spring semester to provide a qualitative assessment of all students in this program. Students must pass the review to remain in the program.
Both concentrations include coursework in art foundations, drawing, photography, and portfolio development. Students choosing to concentrate in studio specialize in either 2D or 3D media. Graphic design students study web design, publication design, branding, and other professional skills.
An art history/museum studies concentration involves examination of the history, sociology, and politics of the visual arts and the public’s involvement with art through museums and exhibitions. An interdisciplinary field, the B.A. in art history prepares students for graduate work in the humanities, in museum studies, art therapy and curatorial studies. A capstone project in the student’s area of art historical interest completes the program. Many students will also participate in museum internships.
The B.S. degree in studio art allows a student with an interest in art to combine that interest with the study of other disciplines. Students pursuing the B.S. degree often combine the art major with a major in fields such as marketing, psychology or media studies.
Radford’s art education program has long been recognized for its excellence. Graduates of this program can be found in classrooms throughout Virginia and beyond. The program focuses on professional level artistic development along with appropriate courses in professional education. Students participate in field experience and student teaching under the careful supervision of the art education faculty. This experience also leads to certification in art education for teaching at the elementary and secondary levels.
An internship program enables students to apply acquired skills in a variety of professional environments including graphic design studios, advertising agencies and museums.