The School of Visual Arts (SOVA) at Virginia Tech offers an expansive undergraduate and graduate education in fine art, art history, and graphic design. Our Studio Art and Graphic Design BFA programs offer an inclusive approach to educating artists and designers, implementing new and established technologies that are uniquely available at Virginia Tech.
The Studio Arts Program is looking to the future to prepare students for the digitally enhanced world by offering a range of classes in new media and creative technologies including, digital photography, digital video and visual effects, digital painting and 3D animation and modeling.
SOVA sustains and promotes the visual arts through the creative activities and scholarly research of its faculty. The faculty provides instruction, research, and outreach reflecting a comprehensive knowledge of the history and theory of art and design. A principal goal of the school is to develop programs and interdisciplinary collaborations within and beyond the university. In its curriculum and administration, the department affirms the vital link of the studio artist’s knowledge of traditions, materials and media, the visual designer’s connection to technology and concept development, and the art historian’s understanding of our links to past and contemporary cultures. Our programs unite to serve students in their quest to become productive, progressive and creative forces in society.
SOVA prepares students to enter professions and graduate programs in the visual arts, design, and visual culture. We foster improvement and advances in facilities, equipment and critical technologies for students and faculty. We engage Art and Design alumni as vital and contributing constituents of the community. The school serves the public sector through events, exhibitions, internships, competitions, workshops, and courses that nourish and renew the vitality of art and design.
Some of many opportunities offered to students in the School of visual arts.
Three week study abroad trip to Europe and Switzerland.
Visiting Artist Workshops
Poster artist Jay Ryan hosted a screen printing demo for students.
Become an Ambassador
Students who serve as advocates, recruiters, and mentors for the School of Visual Arts.
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The School of Visual Arts at Virginia Tech is located in Blacksburg, Virginia