The Longwood University Department of Art is a vibrant and growing department providing a quality Bachelor of Fine Arts (B.F.A.) degree program with concentrations in art education, photography, painting/drawing, crafts, art history, and book arts/printmaking. The department also offers courses that fulfill the humanities goal of the University's General Education Program.
We are the premier mid-size university art department in the Commonwealth of Virginia, offering a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree with six concentrations, over 78 classes, over 170 students majoring in art and over 40 minors, taught by a faculty of ten full-time professional artists and art educators.
Do I need to submit a portfolio of work to be admitted to the program?
No. If you are accepted to Longwood, you are admitted into the art program.
What degree does the art department offer?
The art department offers a Bachelor of Fine Arts Degree (BFA).
Does the art department offer scholarships?
Yes. The art department offers a number of scholarships which are awarded in the spring semester of each year.
Do I need to declare an area of concentration (art history, art education, photography, etc.) when I enroll in the art program?
No. All freshman art majors take the same courses. Art students do not start into a specific concentration until the sophomore year.
Can I change my area of concentration?
Yes, although a change of concentration may effect your graduation date.
How many classes will I take each semester?
The normal class load is 15-16 credit hours (five classes)
What art courses will I take my freshman year?
All art majors take 2-D Design, Drawing 1, 3-D Design, Life Drawing and two art history survey courses during the freshman year.
How much will I spend on art materials??
Approximately $500-$1,000 per year.
Where do I purchase my art supplies?
Usually a combination of places. Many students purchase art supplies while at home, some order online and some buy their materials locally. Click here for some regional vendors and online suppliers.
What kind of computer will I need when I enroll as an art major at Longwood?
Most studio art majors use Apple laptops ("Macs"), which are the standard in the visual arts.
What kind of technical support is available if my computer breaks?
Longwood has good basic, support for the Macs. More serious problems may require that the computer be serviced in Richmond. Properly cared for, Macs don't experience many problems.
What kinds of internships are available to art majors?
All art majors are required to complete research to complete research directed by faculty resulting in a project presented in the spring of the senior year. Some students also seek out internships, usually during the summer. Students can receive academic credit for those internships.
What are the mandatory portfolio assessments?
Prior to Spring Break of each year, art students meet formally with faculty in small groups to present and discuss their current creative work. Faculty evaluate the progress if each student and recommend successful students for advancement to the next level of his/her concentration. Click here for a fuller explanation.
Does the art department offer study abroad opportunities?
Every art student is assigned an academic advisor. These advisors are art faculty, usually in the student's area of concentration. Your advisor is the best person to contact regarding general academic questions or problems regarding a course you are taking, see the professor who teaches the course as soon as possible.
Do Longwood art graduates find jobs?
Yes. Experience show that most graduates find jobs upon graduation, although some are not necessarily in their field of choice at first. Those who have worked hard and prepared well while they were in school fair the best. A strong portfolio, an engaging personality, willingness to relocate and a through, aggressive job search all play important roles.