Artist Melissa Schappell credits her Radford education with important development that has brought success. Learn more about Melissa's experience at Radford University.

Art & Graphic Design

Bachelor of Fine Arts

Studio Art


Bachelor of Science

Graphic Design


Art Education

Art Education


Bachelor of Arts

Art History & Museum Studies



Begin your journey in the Arts at Radford University

Graphic Design student in classroom

Art encompasses how we create, see, think, feel, and experience. Art captures what it means to be alive in a particular place, time, culture, mind, and body.

Students in art courses learn how to create images and objects that express personal, cultural, or commercial ideas. They connect with and respond to influential artists, designers, and thinkers from diverse cultures and historical periods, and they explore human themes like beauty, politics, and identity. By making, interpreting, and analyzing art, you gain ways to know yourself, express ideas, and understand people and cultures, of today and yesterday.


Professional Training


Art benefits all. Students receive training to become

  • Artists
  • Designers
  • Curators
  • Gallerists
  • Teachers
  • Art therapists
  • Creative entrepreneurs

Why Radford?

One of only five NASAD accredited art/design programs in the state of Virginia.

Radford University is one of only five institutions in Virginia accredited by the National Association of Schools of Art and Design (NASAD). 

NASAD is the top national accrediting agency for art and design programs, and accreditation recognizes high quality instruction, facilities, and support. Fewer than 350 schools in the nation have received this prestigious accreditation!


Hear from our renowned faculty


Coming Soon: State-of-the-Art Complex

At 178,000 square feet, the Artis Center for Adaptative Innovation and Creativity will be the largest academic building on campus. Classes are anticipated to be held in the new facility starting in the Fall 2024 semester.

News & Events

  1. Record attendance for student art show »


    Two hundred guests attended the 2024 Juried Student Art Show, a number believed to be a record for this event.

  2. Mini-grants go a long way for CVPA students »


    Recently, three professors in the College of Visual and Performing Arts received small cash grants to aid in their classroom efforts.

  3. High school art show expands »


    Each spring, the Radford University Art Museum offers regional high school students an opportunity to share their work and compete for accolades and cash prizes. With more students receiving part or all of their education online these days, the event has recently seen expanded participation from virtual students.

  4. Ben Duke's abstract realism arrives in January »


    Artist Ben Duke's exhibition, A Situation of Meanings, brings two decades of work in abstract realism to Radford University's Art Museum.

  5. Student Judges Turn the Tables »


    On October 25, Radford University’s Tyler Gallery will host an all student-juried exhibition of art created by the university faculty and staff called Look What We Made!

  6. More to This than Just Making Stuff »


    Senior Studio Art major Dylan DeLuca arrived at Radford with skills. As he prepares to enter his final semester, he's leaving with a vision, a practice and a community.

Through the guidance of my mentors, I was able to experiment and take risks that inevitably led to my work being more sculptural, dimensional, loose and interactive."

Melissa Schappell