About Us

The School of Art and Design at West Virginia University is recognized as a leader in the education, creative development and scholarly evolvement of artists, designers, scholars, and teachers in the visual arts. Our mission is grounded on the attraction and retention of a talented, skilled, creative, distinguished, and diverse body of faculty and students. The School assumes the responsibility of providing the members of this creative community with a challenging, productive and safe working environment, which will ensure the fullest realization of their potential in creative activity and scholarship.

We believe that the School of Art and Design in the College of Creative Arts at West Virginia University is an exceptional place to study the visual arts. As an accredited institutional member of the National Association of Schools of Art and Design, our degree programs are designed to afford students and faculty ample opportunity to explore the visual arts, art history, and art education.

Housed in the Creative Arts Center, the School of Art and Design has outstanding studio space for ceramics, graphic design, electronic media, painting, photography, printmaking, and sculpture. The studio programs encourage traditional approaches, as well as inter-media crossovers, including photo-based techniques, electronic art, installation, and the book arts. Art education and teaching certification is offered within the Bachelor of Fine Arts curriculum. Art history offers a diversity of courses, along with close interaction with the studio programs. All our programs are enriched by the Mesaros Galleries, which host national and international exhibitions and distinguished visiting artists.

The environment in our College is always lively and very conducive to creative growth and intellectual challenge. The faculty is also concerned with the rapidly changing culture of the arts and they are integrating emerging technologies into the studios and classrooms, establishing international programs, and expanding our curriculum to prepare students for the professions of the twenty-first century.