Art gives us meaning and helps us to better understand the world around us. The process of creating art can improve our quality of life, our ability to problem solve, and can open our minds to new ideas and ways of thinking.
The Visual Arts program at Southern University and A & M College in Baton Rouge fosters creative, intellectual, and professional growth for students interested in becoming emerging and established visual artists. The Visual Arts program currently offers a Visual Art minor.
Focus is placed on a balance of understanding art history, with a hands on approach in art studios. Students will have access to state-of the-art facilities and dedicated studio time. Students can pursue interdisciplinary art projects among a community of working artists and gain feedback from prominent visiting artists and critics. The program is designed to allow students to take risks and pursue new projects and ideas. Student artists will be provided access to studio labs, art club, field trips to local galleries and art museums, and visiting artist lectures.
Studio courses are offered in 2D and 3D design, painting, drawing, printmaking, computer graphics, ceramics, and sculpture. Lecture courses are centered around the study of art history, and the lives of artists of color. A lab fee is to be paid for all studio courses, which covers studio equipment for each student. Studio equipment will be provided by the college bookstore at the beginning of each semester.
Our students leave Southern University as creatives with the necessary skills and knowledge needed to become leaders in the art world. Art minor graduates can become graphic designers, printmakers, creative consultants, art directors, curators, and of course visual artists showcasing their artwork in galleries or museums.