Discover Your Creative Vision

As an artist and designer, you’re crucial in shaping the culture through the application of knowledge, leadership, creative thought, innovation, and a biblical worldview. Grow creatively and develop spiritually and professionally while earning your BFA, B.A., or a minor in visual art or art history.

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Visual Art Major at Belhaven University

Nationally Accredited

Since 1984, Belhaven has been accredited by the National Association of Schools of Art and Design (NASAD). We are proud to be one of only 39 U.S. universities accredited in all four major arts.

Your Work Your Way

Learning to make good art is hard. Only at Belhaven, with our practicum experience, are you given a dedicated time outside of classes to develop your own unique artistic voice.

A Community of Makers

Our creative community nurtures productivity and scholarly research. It’s engaged in learning that is self-directed, hands-on, and guided by faculty that provide one-on-one mentoring, skill-training, and thoughtful critique.

Professional Opportunities

Showcase your work at university events. Connect with our local arts community by exhibiting and selling your work in our on-campus gallery. Take on an internship at a creative agency. These opportunities — along with many others — are open to you, and they prepare you for lifelong success.

Successful Alumni

Our alums are successful artists, designers, photographers, teachers, and more

Master Class

A hands-on experience, featuring local and internationally collected professional artists

Honors Program

Deepen and expand your education intellectually and spiritually

Maker Campus

Make your ideas a reality with advanced facilities and technology

What Can You Do with a Visual Art Degree?

Here are some of the positions currently held by visual art alumni:

  • 3D designer and animator at Enva Division (Daniel Hause, ’16)
  • Ceramic artist in Yorkshire, England (Emily Goff Fratson, ’13)
  • Character designer at Warner Brothers Animation, Los Angeles (Kathryn Hudson, ’07)
  • Design and drawing instructor at Jackson State University (Hosik Kim, ’08)
  • Display artist at Anthropologie (Samara Thomas, ’13)
  • Elementary school art teacher at Smilow Collegiate Charter School (Victoria Sewell, ’18)
  • Fashion photographer in Edinburgh, Scotland (Laura Meek, ’12)
  • University professor (Jacob Rowan, ’12)
  • High school art teacher at St. Andrew’s Episcopal School (Emmi Sprayberry, ’17)
  • Independent painter with gallery representation in Richmond and Atlanta (Wes Sumrall, ’12)
  • Owner and photographer at Acorn Studio in Clinton (Erin Govero Fults, ’05)
  • Stained glass artist and restorer at Pearl River Glass Studio (Amelia Key, ’11)
  • Teaching fellow at UC Santa Barbara (Jimmy Miracle, ’04)

What Do People Say About Our Alums?

  • “Invariably, anyone coming out of your program and Belhaven are stellar.” — Andy Young, founder and owner of Pearl River Glass Studio

What About Grad School?

Our graduates are well-prepared for graduate school. Our alums have earned degrees from these prestigious institutions:

  • Savannah College of Art and Design (MFA in Illustration)
  • University of California at Santa Barbara (MFA in Studio Art)
  • Maryland Institute College of Art — MICA (MFA in Studio Art)
  • Wichita State University (MFA in Painting)
  • University of Mississippi (MFA in Ceramics and Sculpture)
  • Seattle Pacific University (MFA in Poetry)
  • Louisiana State University (M.A. in Art History)
  • University of Southern Mississippi (M.A. in English)
  • Auburn University (M.A. in Liberal Arts)
  • Reformed Theological Seminary (M.Div.)
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National Accreditation

Belhaven University is an accredited institutional member of the National Association of Schools of Art and Design (NASAD).

Importance of Accreditation

Visual Art: What You’ll Study

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Art + Design Scholarships

In addition to our Visit Scholarship, you can supplement your financial aid award with an academic scholarship from Belhaven's School of the Arts!

To qualify, you must be accepted for admission, submit your high school GPA and test scores, and complete your FAFSA. When you schedule a personal visit or attend an Arts Discover Day, we'll assess your scholarship potential when you present your portfolio to one of our professors.

It's time to show off your skills — let's get started!

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Contact Us

Office of Admission

Phone: 601-968-5940

Mailing Address:
1500 Peachtree Street, Box 153
Jackson, MS 39202

For campus visit:
Jimmy Hood Welcome Center
855 Riverside Drive
Jackson, MS 39202

Fax: 601-300-2932

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Verse of the Year

God is working in you, giving you the desire and the power to do what pleases Him.

Philippians 2:13