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). 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.
*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 15inch
15 in Recommended
16 GB memory
Quad Core i7
minimum 256 SSD
The cost of the Macbook can range from $1800 – $2799+, depending on the specifications. Basically, any latest 15inch MacBook Pro will do the job. But get the highest spec you can afford! Get AppleCare +! (at least AppleCare)
Adobe Creative Cloud required for majoring Studio, VCD, and CT; billed/distributed by VT Software. And there will be no exception.
Adobe Creative Cloud subscription
This subscription will provide updated software requirements for Foundations of Art and Design courses. Billing and distribution is managed by VT software per annual base. Annual cost is much lower then you would pay as an individual. Once the fall semester starts, students need to go to Student Software Distribution for sign up.
The SOVA Foundations of Art and Design curriculum will supply students with the necessary information and proficiency to continue in their chosen major.
Studio Art, Creative Tech and Graphic Design candidates must be currently enrolled or have passed all three Foundation courses (1204, 1404 and 1604). The SOVA Foundations of Art and Design curriculum in the first and second semesters will supply students with the necessary information and proficiency to continue in their chosen major beyond their first year.
Students must have and maintain a QCA of 2.0 or greater to enter and remain in Studio Art, CT and Graphic Design programs.
Students will participate in a Foundations Portfolio exhibition at the end of their first year. Portfolios will be reviewed for continuance in the major by SOVA faculty committees in each of the three majors. All artwork must be original and produced by the applicant.
To be eligible for the Foundations exhibition, Studio, CT and GD majors must have successfully passed all three fall semester Foundation courses with a C- or higher and must be currently enrolled in or have successfully passed their required spring semester Foundation courses.
Contact Jennifer Hand, Foundations Coordinator, with any questions. (email: firstname.lastname@example.org)