Be Creative.

The W's Department of Art and Design is a small, dynamic department with a family atmosphere. Our students are trained in small classes by professional artists who are passionate about teaching and are eager to share their expertise both in and out of the studio.

Beyond the classroom, our students are exposed to exciting contemporary art exhibitions in our spacious Eugenia Summer Gallery. Our student organizations help to mold our students by providing them with opportunities to develop leadership skills and community service.

A Legacy of Affordable Quality

The W has a long legacy of art instruction. Art courses have been part of our university curriculum since the very beginning. Not many art programs can claim a history that goes back as far as the 1880s. Our art programs are nationally accredited through the National Association of Schools and Design (NASAD), which insures the highest quality education for our students. We have been home to a chapter of the international art honorary society, Kappa Pi, since 1938. And Summer Hall was the first building in the state of Mississippi purpose-built for the instruction of art.

The university was founded in 1884 with the purpose of educating the under-served populations of Mississippi, and it is a tradition we strongly believe in to this day. The W consistently ranks as one of the best public universities in the Southeast according to U.S. News & World Report and Washington Monthly. Our commitment to an affordable education means we have one of the lowest tuition rates in the region.

Male student works in Print Studio

Making Higher Education Affordable

Cost shouldn't be a barrier. At The W it won't be. We believe that the cost of a college education should not be a deterrent to your pursuit of earning a bachelor's degree. The W has kept tuition among the lowest in the Southeast. We offer that same low tuition to residents of every state, and a range of scholarships, and grants to help you pay for your education.

See for yourself! Our Net Price Calculators can tell you what you can expect to pay in tuition and the scholarships you are eligible to receive.

No Out-of-State Fees

We've eliminated all Out-of-State Fees, so no matter where you are from, you can get the same great education for the same price as a Mississippi resident. Really!

Scholarships Opportunities

In addition to academic scholarships offered by the University, incoming art majors are eligible for scholarships based on the strength of their portfolio.

The W Life

We know college is not just about academics. Here at The W, it's easy to find a fit in one of more than 70 student organizations. You can plan a concert, compete in intramural sports, serve in student government, participate in a social club, sorority, or fraternity. You can even start your own organization. There's plenty to do!

Two women and a man outside
Male art student sketches in studio

What's Next?

If you would like more information about everything The W has to offer: Request Information

If you think The W would be a good fit, complete the free application to Apply to The W

If you would like to take a tour of campus and our studio spaces: Schedule a Visit


And if you have a question, or would like to speak to a human, please feel free to contact us:

Sherry Taylor
Art & Design Administrative Assistant
(662) 329-7341

Office of Admissions
(662) 329-7106

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