About the program
Students explore the creation of art, its interconnections with other disciplines and its role in society.
Why study art at Roanoke College?
Integrate / The creation and study of art encourages students to use all their capabilities-intellectual, emotional and physical.
Focus / Art majors can focus on any of a range of core areas during their course of study: ceramics, drawing, graphic design, painting, photography, printmaking and sculpture.
Share / Studio art majors are invited to exhibit their work in a featured annual show, giving students the chance to share their creations with the Roanoke College community and friends.
Studio classroom / The major encourages artistic participation in its most experiential form-through creation.
Internships / Art students have recently interned with art galleries, interior design firms, print and web publications, television stations, art museums, marketing firms, and public relations offices. Learn more.
Independent studies / Both research- and creative-based independent studies allow students to pursue individual interests as they work toward a major project. Recent topics include advertising and web design, botanical etching and relief, children's book illustration, commercial photography portraiture, computer applications in silkscreening, majolica pottery technique and special studies in great works. Learn more.
International travel / Art students have recently studied in France, Greece, Japan, Italy and England. Learn more.
Gallery / Majors are invited to exhibit their own work, as well as experience the work of world-class artists in gallery exhibitions. Learn more.
Graduate studies / Recent graduate school acceptances include Arizona State University Tempe, Parsons The New School for Design, University of California Los Angeles and University of Maryland. Learn more.
Career / Art alumni have gone on to pursue careers in art education, public art, graphic design, advertising sales, Americorps, youth ministry and art galleries. Learn more.
“It was very humbling, very unsettling to be without my usual materials or usual artistic space,” says Hardwig.