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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:

  1. Bachelor of Arts (B.A.), a broadly based, traditional arts program offered in general Art studies.
  1. 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.

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1facility dedicated to 3D art
3BFA areas of specialization

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. 

Foundations: Drawing, two and three-dimensional design and color theory

Graphic Design: Visual literacy; development of conceptual, aesthetic, and visualization skills

Painting/Drawing: Gain an understanding of the expressive and investigative possibilities of the two-dimensional formal plastic arts

Sculpture: Learn proficiency in a wide range of materials and techniques

All incoming Art and Design majors are required to purchase the recommended hardware and software necessary for the creating your artwork. Learn more


Faculty Projects

John Mark Lawler

Exhibits piece at the Royal Academy of Art in London, England


John Mark Lawler, an assistant professor in the Southern Miss Art and Design program, was recently selected as one of the top 100 artists by Creative Quarterly and also had his piece, “Compassion,” in exhibit at the prestigious 2018 Royal Academy of Arts Summer Exhibition. Lawler teaches an art photography class in London in the University’s British Studies Program.



Contact Us

School of Performing and Visual Arts
George Hurst Building, Room 106
Hattiesburg, MS 39406 

Hattiesburg Campus

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  • Artist
  • Art Educator
  • Historian
  • Graphic/Multimedia Designer
  • Art Gallery Manager
  • Creative Director
  • 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.