Belhaven Art and Design 

IN-DEPTH training: Our professors with decades of professional and exhibition experience teach classes like drawing, painting, sculpture, and photography in state-of-the-art facilities.

FIND your own creative voice and explore your own artistic direction: In our unique Practicum program, we show you how to embark on an authentic, self-directed creative process that will help you produce a unique, substantial, and exhibition-ready portfolio of work.

PERSONALIZED, individual mentoring from faculty and a caring community of students: At Belhaven, we place a premium on a welcoming, supportive Christian environment, on community and camaraderie, and ongoing individual guidance. Your faculty and peers will be with you every step of the way to encourage you and help you develop into the artist you were meant to be.

PREPARATION to succeed professionally in a wide range of art-related fields: The real-world training and experience you’ll receive from our capstone senior course, the opportunity for internships, and the chance to exhibit and sell your work in our professional-level gallery will prepare you for a successful launch into your career as an artist and in art-related fields.

Choosing a major does not have to feel like you are leaving some part of you behind. At Belhaven, we believe choosing a major should be a celebration of your talents, not a choice between them—and that’s why we offer the Double Major Promise. This promise allows incoming freshman to double major and should you need the extra year to finish—the 5th year tuition is on us.

Sample Our Work

What People Say...

With a major in fine art, the world around me is continually growing more vivid and expressive than the day before.” —Sharon Shealy (’14)
The professors are concerned with teaching you to foster your own personal art-making process and developing you as a working, independent artist” —Hannah Gillis ('21)
I have learned how to ‘see’ art—not just looking at it, but noticing all the technical details, engaging with a piece mentally and emotionally, understanding why a piece makes me feel a certain way, and having some idea of the artist’s intentions. Now I understand how to see and feel art” —Deja Harris ('20)