The School of Visual Arts prepares undergraduates to enter visual design professions and graduate programs in the visual arts. The School serves the public, regionally, nationally, and internationally through events, exhibitions, internships, competitions, workshops, and courses that nourish and renew the vitality of art and design leading innovation in art and design as it interfaces with technology.
A goal of the school is to present the world with culture-enriching leaders, talented visual communicators, and innovative designers. The studies of Art History, Studio Arts, Creative Tech and Graphic Design lead to careers in museums, auction houses, galleries, graphic design, computer animation, and more. SOVA’s FourDesign is the school’s professional student-run, faculty-led graphic design agency. The XYZ Gallery at 221 N. Main Street is home to the Student Art Association, which operates its program of exhibitions by students and local artists.
Phone: (540) 231-6267
FAX (540) 231-3242
Prospective students wishing to study Art or Art History at SOVA should apply through Virginia Tech Admissions. All students who wish to pursue a bachelor of fine arts in the Studio, Creative Technology or Graphic Design programs must take foundation art courses (ART 1204, 1404, 1604) before they are eligible to participate in Portfolio Review at the end of Fall semester. Students must pass portfolio review for acceptance into the VCD, CT and Studio programs. Currently enrolled Virginia Tech students who wish to change their major to Studio, CT or VCD should email Ray Callahan, the School Adminstrative Assistant, at firstname.lastname@example.org for information on enrolling in foundations art courses.
*Note – This is just a cursory information page, designed for initial enquiries from prospective students, usually those just graduating from high school.
All students, including those planning to transfer to Virginia Tech from another higher-ed institution, should contact Ray Callahan at the School of Visual Art (SOVA) office, at 540 231 5547, or our primary academic advisor, Tracey Drowne at email@example.com.
The minimum laptop requirements are as follows for Studio Art, Graphic Design and the MFA Program:
Macbook Pro Retina
15 in Recommended
16 GB memory
2.2 GHZ Core i7
minimum 256 SSD
The cost of the Macbook can range from $1500 – $2799+, depending on the specifications.
Adobe Creative Cloud required; billed/distributed by VT Software
You are required to follow the University minimum computing requirements. However you may find it beneficial to purchase a Macbook for use in your foundation studio art class.
Adobe Creative Cloud subscription (student edition)
This subscription will provide updated software requirements for Foundations of Art and Design courses. The cost of this subscription is $29.99 a month with a 1 year commitment.
Students must pass the annual Portfolio Review in order to enter the B.F.A. programs of Studio Art, Creative Technology or Graphic Design. The SOVA Foundations of Art and Design curriculum will supply students with the necessary information and proficiency to compete in Portfolio Review.
Studio Art, Creative Tech and Graphic Design candidates must be currently enrolled or have passed all three Foundation courses (1204, 1404 and 1604). Acceptance is contingent on successfully passing all three of these courses.
Students must have and maintain a QCA of 2.0 or greater to enter and remain in Studio Art, CT and VCD programs.
All artwork must be original and produced by the applicant. The committees encourage submitting work produced during foundational courses.
The Studio, Creative Technology and Graphic Design Portfolio Review Committees (comprised of SOVA Faculty) screens properly submitted portfolios for outstanding qualities in artistic ability, creativity, presentation skills and overall motivation. The process takes place once a year without exception. You may re-submit a portfolio for review annually as often as you wish.
Contact Eric Standley, Foundations Coordinator, with any questions. (email: firstname.lastname@example.org)