The Christian art schools in Virginia all offer majors like art or studio art. Students can learn about the enrollment and coursework for each school.
Virginia Christian Art Colleges Comparison
The five schools profiled represent several different Christian denominations and offer various types of art programs. These institutions have student enrollments ranging from approximately 900 to more than 75,000.
|School Name||Institution Type||Denomination||Location||Tuition and Fees (2017-2018)*|
|Ferrum College||4-year, Private not-for-profit||United Methodist||Ferrum, VA||$33,025|
|Bluefield College||4-year, Private not-for-profit||Baptist||Bluefield, VA||$24,800|
|Averett University||4-year, Private not-for-profit||Baptist||Danville, VA||$33,350|
|Liberty University||4-year, Private not-for-profit||Evangelical Christian||Lynchburg, VA||$21,310|
|University of Lynchburg||4-year, Private not-for-profit||Christian Church (Disciples of Christ)||Lynchburg, VA||$37,690|
Source: *National Center for Education Statistics
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Overview of Virginia Christian Art Schools
Students pursuing an art degree at a Christian school can follow their passions outside of the classroom, as well. Several of the schools offer art clubs, such as an honorary art society, and various faith-based groups welcome members, in addition.
Ferrum College offers majors in art and theatre arts (music/directing and musical theatre), as well as minors in graphic design and studio arts. The college holds a student-led worship service on Sunday evenings, with a performance by the college's praise band. Ferrum also has a real-life table talk on Tuesday afternoons, where students can discuss various issues. Art students can get involved in the college art club; the Chrysalis, a monthly graphic arts magazine; and the Iron Blade, the campus newspaper. In fall 2017, NCES showed a student population of 1,137.
According to the NCES, Bluefield College had 997 students attending at the start of the 2017 school year. Bluefield's faith activities include weekly church services, Bible studies, and mission trips. Students at Bluefield can complete a major in art and design or art business. An art business degree will allow students to work in art management and administration. The Bluefield College Art Club is comprised of students and staff, providing members with a chance to exchange ideas.
One of Averett University's principles is encouraging students to explore their spiritual development through a wide variety of activities. The Christian Student Fellowship holds Bible studies and talent shows, while Focus is a worship session led by students on Tuesday evenings. Weekly chapel services are held on Tuesday mornings. Averett counted 927 students attending for the fall 2017 semester, as listed on the NCES. The university offers two bachelor's degree programs in art. As an art major, students will take courses in art history and graphic design. Students can also pursue a visual arts major with a preK-12 teaching licensure degree.
With a 2017 enrollment of 75,044 students (as provided on the NCES), Liberty University has several art degrees from which to choose. Liberty has a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Studio and Digital Arts, with concentrations in graphic design and studio art. The university also has a Bachelor of Science in Studio and Digital Arts, with concentrations in studio art, graphic design, and studio art teacher licensure. Outside of the classroom, art students can join Zeta Chi, an international honorary art organization. Interested students can become a Liberty University Shepherd, which is an on-campus faith leader. This group takes twenty-four-hour prayer requests from students and leads community groups on Wednesday evenings.
University of Lynchburg
Art students at the University of Lynchburg can major in graphic design or studio art. A major in studio art involves coursework in photography, drawing, painting, and sculpture. Lynchburg also offers minors in studio art, art history, and graphic design. The university's art department has an art club that provides a chance to create and network. In addition to art opportunities, students can also get involved in many faith-based organizations. Bring Your Own Bible is a Bible study group that meets on Sunday evenings. A group called Disciples on Campus meets weekly and is open to students and staff. The NCES shows a 2017 student population of 2,810.