We live in an increasingly visual culture. The visual arts program at UVA Wise seeks to teach students how to more effectively utilize this visual language. This knowledge is needed both by those that wish to work in the visual arts as a profession, as well as those who simply wish to be more aware of how visual communication functions and become more literate in the visual language that surrounds us.

Admission to the Program

Students planning to major in art must begin the foundation courses in the freshman year in order to avoid delayed graduation. Before being admitted to the seminar sequence, students must have successfully completed 30 credit hours of foundations and intermediate courses including ART 3500 and ART 3510 with at least a 2.0 GPA. Formal application to the program is required in the spring semester of the sophomore year, with a portfolio of 20 works submitted to the Department for review.

Learn more about studying art at UVA Wise by consulting the College Catalog.


View course descriptions in the College Catalog.

Major in Art

The major in visual art is a broad-based program in two-dimensional studio art stressing interdisciplinary study. The program encourages critical and creative thinking skills and extensive studio experience. Students experience a variety of learning environments in which to develop the individuality of their work.

Progress is the seminar sequence is stringently evaluated at the end of each semester and continuation in the program requires a minimum 2.0 GPA and the student’s good standing with the College and the Department.

Minor in Art

A minor in art consists of a minimum of 18 semester hours of art, at least 12 of which must be in 3000- or 4000-level courses. The minor must be pre-approved by the chair of the Department of Visual and Performing Arts.

Junior and Senior Seminars

Studio seminar courses (3 credit hours each) must be completed in sequence, each semester of the junior and senior years. These junior/senior seminars will be comprised of independent studio work and research in a chosen subject area as well as weekly group sessions for critique and related studies. Specific studies outside the realm of the academic studio environment may be considered for fulfillment of the seminar requirement, such as museum studies, foreign travel, apprenticeships, etc.

Additional Program Requirements

Major candidates must present a portfolio of work for review at the end of each semester. Graduation is contingent upon an approved body of work presented for exhibit at the end of the final semester. A minimum of 24 hours of the total studio credit hours must be at the 3000 and 4000 level.

Ray Stratton

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Associate Professor in Art