Bachelor of Fine Arts in Fine 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.



The School of Art & Design is proud to announce our 5th anniversary of the Annual National Juried Exhibition. This year we are pleased to have Geoffrey Fleming, the Executive Director of the Huntington Museum of Art, serve as our juror. Mr. Fleming has recently come to Huntington from his former post as the Director for the Southold Historical Society, Inc. in Southold, NY. In addition to selecting the works for the Annual National Juried Exhibition, Mr. Fleming will choose one artist to receive the Juror’s Choice Award and accompanying cash prize. The exhibition will take place for the second time in our beautiful Visual Arts Center located in downtown Huntington. Last year, the number of entries more than doubled from previous years. We look forward to eclipsing those numbers again this year as word of our facilities and visual arts program continues to spread. Entries are due November 2. For the full prospectus, click here.

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