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The Department of Art provides students with knowledge and understanding of art, professional training in art, opportunities to view traditional and contemporary modes of visual expression, and the chance to participate in competitive and professional activities.

Jackson State University’s location in the major metropolitan center of Mississippi provides unique opportunities for visual arts students.

  • Graphic Design students have access to advertising agencies, printers, and electronic and print media. During their senior year, graphic design students serve a semester-long internship that emphasizes learning through experience.
  • Similar opportunities are available for Art Studio majors.
  • The Mississippi Museum of Art and the Smith Robertson Museum and Cultural Center, as well as numerous art galleries, are only blocks away.
  • Our Mac Lab in Johnson Hall is state-of-the-art. Drawing and painting studios are also in Johnson Hall.
  • Art History and Art Appreciation classes are taught in a “Smart Classroom” located in the College of Liberal Arts. This classroom is wired with the newest instructional technology in addition to traditional slide lecture equipment.

The Department of Art at Jackson State University was the first art program in Mississippi to be accredited by the National Association of Schools of Art and Design (NASAD). The program has maintained its accreditation since 1978, our initial year of accreditation. To date, Jackson State University is one of only four HBCU schools with an accredited program in art.

For additional information, please call 601.979.2388, or email art@jsums.edu.