Chair’s Message:

I would like to welcome you to the USM Department of Art and Design at The University of Southern Mississippi. Today, we continue the second hundred years of educating young artists in the techniques, ideas, and traditions of the visual arts. Our programs offer excellent mentorship and guidance in a range of fields including the BA degree program for the general and broad study of the arts and several BFA programs for more concentrated study for aspiring professional artists and designers.

Our nationally recognized faculty are dedicated to teaching students art fundamentals-to give a basic understanding of 2-dimensional and 3-dimensional forms. Once students gain confidence and craft with basic skills, the faculty challenge students to develop a personal voice and vision within their work. Art history and the link between historical movements and contemporary art are also stressed. Class sizes are small to enhance personal instruction, interaction, and a strong sense of community among the students. All of these elements combine in the department to create a wonderful environment to support high quality instruction and student success.

Should you have any questions about our programs or the career opportunities they provide, or if you would like to speak with us directly, please contact our office for assistance.


Howard Paine

Chair and Associate Professor of Art and Design