Bachelor of Fine Arts in Visual Arts

Ignite your inner artist and start your career with a BFA from the nation’s premier center for the visual arts at Marshall University.

Marshall University School of Art and Design Visual Arts Center
Marshall University’s Visual Arts Center overlooks Historic Downtown Huntington, West Virginia on Third Avenue. It houses all of the majors within the School of Art and Design except ceramics and sculpture, which are taught in the university’s Art Warehouse on campus.

Opened in 2014 as the new home for the School of Art and Design, the Visual Arts Center at Marshall University in downtown Huntington, West Virginia is the six-story mecca for all your creative needs, including animation, new media, textiles, drawing, painting, foundation studies and more.

Marshall’s art program features:

  • Creative ceramics classes that use your works of art to benefit those in our community in need.
  • Small fibers classes that give you plenty of face time with faculty.
  • Hands-on instruction in the most up-to-date graphic design technologies, including animation and new media.
  • From landscape to life, oils to watercolor, we’ll help you find the painting approach that’s right for you.
  • Courses to help you focus your goals, from 35mm to digital photography and beyond, in our one-of-a-kind darkroom.
  • Photogravure, etching, relief, laser engraving and screen printing examples, working with established contemporary artists and master printers in our printmaking major.
  • The chance to push the boundaries of drawing in its expanded definition while experimenting with alternative media and materials in our sculpture major.

Additionally, we offer classes to help get you certified to teach art education.

Seeking an Artist Assistant

The Clay Center for the Arts & Sciences is seeking a Marshall University Visual Art or Art Education major (student or recent alumnus) to serve as an artist assistant and art educator in conjunction with the exhibition “Mark Licari: Drawing Out” that opens on January 23, 2015. Click here for more details.

This project is funded by a National Endowment for the Arts (NEA) grant and is a unique opportunity to acquire hands on experience in working with an artist and teaching middle and high school students in a rural community.

Come join us in Huntington, WV, a Certified Arts Community!

We have an opening for a full-time faculty position in the School of Art & Design at Marshall University.

  • Assistant Professor – Foundations
  • Review of complete applications will begin on December 15, 2014 and continue until the position is filled. Applications received by December 15 will receive preference.
  • Position begins Fall 2015
  • Tenure-track position
  • Rank and salary are commensurate with qualifications and experience.

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Learn across the globe in our study abroad program:

Marshall University Study Abroad Florence, Italy 2015
The early deadline to apply for the College of Arts and Media trip to Florence is Dec. 15.
In May 2014, 17 students and two faculty members from Marshall University’s College of Arts and Media journeyed more than 4,000 miles to immerse themselves in Florence, Italy’s rich history and culture for three weeks.
Take a trip around the world.

Call for Entries:


Marshall University’s School of Art & Design invites artists in all disciplines to submit original, current works of art in any media to the 4th Annual National Juried Exhibition. This year’s exhibition will take place in the Visual Arts Center’s beautiful, brand new, 2,200 square foot gallery space located on the ground floor. Works will be juried by Arif Khan, the Marie Price Ratrie Curator of Art at the Clay Center for the Arts & Sciences in Charleston, WV. A Juror’s Choice Award consisting of a $200 cash prize will be presented to one artist selected by Mr. Khan. Entries are due by December 5th, 2014. The exhibition will run from January 15 – February 20, 2015. For a full prospectus and more information, click here.