Let's Get Creative! Visual Arts at Southern Miss
The department offers two distinct degree programs that include a broad range of opportunities for preparation in either traditional or professional career paths. These undergraduate degree tracks are:
- Bachelor of Arts (B.A.), a broadly based, traditional arts program offered in general Art studies.
- Bachelor of Fine Arts (B.F.A.), professional career preparation in Drawing & Painting, Graphic Design, or Sculpture.
Scholarships are based on portfolio review and area of study.
The University of Southern Mississippi is an accredited, institutional member of the National Association of Schools of Art & Design.
What Will I Learn?
Students begin their studies in the art foundations program, a first-year experience that includes studio courses in drawing, design, and color theory. Advanced studio courses and courses in art history follow. Courses are oriented toward understanding the creative process, as well as comprehending and developing a personal sense of visual sophistication. Students develop confidence and a strong artistic vocabulary relating to the visual arts as a whole.
John Mark Lawler, an assistant professor in The University of Southern Mississippi’s Department of Art and Design, has a digital collage work selected for the prestigious 2018 Royal Academy of Arts Summer Exhibition. Lawler is teaching an art photography class in London this summer in the University’s British Studies Program where his students will be able to see his piece “Compassion” on display as part of their studies.
- Future Graduate Scholar or Artist
- Jesse McDonald
2012. SEO Specialist at Geek Powered Studios in Austin.
- Jared Walters
2006. Marketing Manager/Burton Computer Resources, web developer for/Communication Arts Company, web communications specialist/Mississippi College.
- Blake O'Brien
2016. Working artist with exhibitions in Covington, LA. Dime Magazine Featured Artist.
The Museum of Art/Gallery of Art and Design present a wide range of regional to national exhibitions—providing a forum for education by hosting lectures and gallery talks, workshops, and symposia by leading artists, critics, curators, and historians.
The 3-D Arts building is a state-of-the-art facility that includes a ceramics lab, metal shop, and foundry with a wood shop, a plaster/mold making room, dedicated 3-D foundations studio, small machine shop, kiln shed, and the Price sculpture studio. As well as a window-lined critique/exhibition space with a large concrete outdoor patio.