Profiles of Schools/Colleges in West Virginia (WV) Offering Animation, Design, Gaming, and Media Related Programs

We started publishing regional and national lists in 2012 in response to myriad emails from aspiring animators and game designers asking us what the best schools were in the US, a given State, or in a particular area of the country.

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West Virginia Studio Art

The studio art major is in high demand, which is why colleges across the U.S. have taken notice. Many schools have expanded existing studio art programs or established new ones. A typical studio art program offers coursework in multiple disciplines, with a focus in up to two disciplines. Studio art majors may choose focus areas such as ceramics, fiber, glass blowing, illustration, painting and drawing, and photography. Many expanded programs now offer a focus in digital art, graphic design, interior design, and more.

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West Virginia Photography

West Virginia is home to dozens of art venues and art associations, as well as thousands of working and solo artists. The state’s working artists are employed with art museums and galleries, production studios, art centers, colleges, creative agencies, photography studios, and more. West Virginia-based photographers work in these environments and still others that you might not think of. Photographers are in demand at research centers, forensics services, law enforcement agencies, medical centers, public relations firms, entertainment companies, television stations, publishers, and more.

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West Virginia Fine Art

From Lost World Caverns to Huntington Museum of Art (HMOA), The Mountain State is home to some of the top attractions in the region, if not the U.S. Other things to see include the New River Gorge Bridge, Snowshoe Mountain, and Beckley Exhibition Coal Mine. Artists and art lovers alike will also enjoy exploring The Art Museum of West Virginia University, or taking in a performance at Carnegie Hall—one of only four in the world. West Virginia is also comfortably close to several bustling cities that lie just beyond the border. These include Pittsburgh PA, Columbus OH, Baltimore MD, and Greensboro NC.

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West Virginia Digital Art

A painter’s tool of choice is the paintbrush. A graffiti artist uses spray paint to create art. A digital artist or designers uses computer software as a primary tool to create art for video games, websites, installations, and more. While most artists (especially independent artists) work long hours, digital artists and designers have one of the industries most grueling schedules outside of filmmaking. Deadlines are tight and working until 2 a.m. is common. However, digital artists and designers have such a passion for this type of art, that they welcome the challenge.

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Art Schools in West Virginia

November 5, 2012
West Virginia

West Virginia is one of the smallest states on the map. According to the most recent Census Bureau report (2012), The Mountain State is home to 1.8 million+ residents. While the population is among the smallest in the U.S., West Virginia is home to so many big attractions, you’ll lose count! The New River Gorge Bridge, Snowshoe Mountain, Lost World Caverns, and Beckley Exhibition Coal Mine are just a few.

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If you have a business—any business, chances are you also have a website. This is a smart move because it is nearly impossible for a business to reach hundreds of millions of consumers without a website. Television advertising, promotions, and direct mail are still utilized, but they just don’t generate the same results as a web presence. According to many estimates, a website can help many businesses grow twice as fast, especially if they have a savvy web designer on their side.

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Visual art is a broad term that includes everything from animated productions to tattoo art. Speaking of tattoos, “tattoo artist” is on the list of “coolest jobs for visual artists” as well as animator, architect, set designer, toy designer, forensic artist, museum curator, textile designer, art teacher, cake decorator, and art therapist. Because visual art (as a field) is so vast, a typical visual arts degree curriculum includes courses in just about every area of art. Students will complete coursework in cinematic arts, animation/interactive media, intermedia, print media, photography, computer graphics, drawing, painting, design, and more.

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Advertising, fashion design, graphic design, publishing, and animation are just a few popular careers for artists specializing in drawing. While talent can certainly capture anyone’s attention, many top companies prefer candidates with formal training. A formal training program allows students to develop a variety of skills that have proven to be invaluable in today’s world of art and design. In addition to taking drawing courses, drawing majors will study painting, sculptural forms, printmaking, visual thinking, art history, and courses in humanistic studies.

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West Virginia Wesleyan College

Degrees Offered: B. A. Art with Concentration in Graphics Design, Intermedia

Tuition Information: Undergraduate $24,870 for the 2011 – 2012 school year.  Tuition does not include fees of $1,024 per year.

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