About SUVA

Our mission

Southwest University of Visual Arts transforms lives by educating students to excel in the fields of Fine Arts, Design and Visual Communications within a student focused environment committed to the highest standards of academic achievement, scholarly inquiry, creativity and citizenship in a diverse world community.

Our values and ideals

Southwest University of Visual Arts operates to fulfill its mission according to an established set of values and ideals that support the goals of the University. These values and ideals serve as the compass that guides the institution’s plan and its day-to-day activities and decisions.

Adapability

Southwest University of Visual Arts values and believes in adapting to the professional art and design and world community by remaining attentive to social and technological changes.

Accountability

Southwest University of Visual Arts values and believes in maintaining accountability for the quality of the educational programs offered by the university.

Communication

Southwest University of Visual Arts values and believes in being open and responsive to individual ideas and specific needs and listening carefully to all opinions and perceptions.

Diversity

Southwest University of Visual Arts values and believes in understanding our world as one large, complex community.

Inclusivity

We always strive for inclusivity; valuing the contribution of every member of the university to become the best that we can be.

High standards

We are committed to the highest standards of academic achievement and wish to transform lives by educating students to excel in art and design.
  • Animation studio
  • Florence Quater Gallery
  • Fine Arts studio
  • Dark room

I enjoy the way everybody helps one another out. It doesn't matter what major you are, people are always willing to give you a different point of view.

CiCi Chandler

  • History

    Southwest University of Visual Arts began with two students and has grown into a regionally accredited, nationally recognized university. Southwest University of Visual Arts has thousands of graduates working all over the world and for some of the nation’s most reputable companies such as Nike, CNN, Disney, Fuddruckers, Kmart E-Commerce Division, Muscular Dystrophy Association, Raytheon, Sandia Labs, and thousands of local and national agencies, design and architectural firms, and businesses.

    Southwest University of Visual Arts’ high standards have remained constant throughout the growth and development of the university. A strong focus on traditional skills combined with state-of-the-art computer technology provides students the competitive edge in their field of study.

    Program Advisory Committees comprised of successful art and design professionals and working professional instructors have been instrumental in the development and continued support of Southwest University of Visual Arts programs. The distinguished committees meet periodically to review degree programs, ensuring that the curriculum continues to meet the needs of a competitive, changing marketplace.

  • Our alumni

    Southwest University of Visual Arts alumni are using the skills they learned at SUVA to prove they have what it takes to have a successful careers in art and design. Our alumni have started their own design companies, exhibit their art work across the nation and are working in the field for some notable companies, for example: Nike, Disney, Valve, Google, Riot! Games, Boom Studios, Warner Brothers, Raytheon, Super 88 Studios, Blizzard Entertainment, Aristocrat Gaming and more.

    Many graduates of Southwest University of Visual Arts undergraduate programs report to SUVA representatives that they have continued their education by enrolling after recently graduating in Masters, Masters of Fine Arts programs and/or have sought out other professional development opportunities in addition to their undergraduate degree. Examples of MA and MFA degrees SUVA alumni have pursued are Masters in Art Education and Art Therapy or Masters of Fine Arts in Painting, Graphic Design, Photography and Motion Arts.

    The success of our alumni makes us proud and we look forward to future successes!

SUVA Facts

  • Fully accredited
  • Private school
  • Not-for-profit
  • Eight degree programs