Department of Art & Design


About the Program

The Art and Design Department offers a major in Art leading to the degree of Bachelor of Science with concentrations in Studio Art and Art Education and Design.

The B.S. degree program in Art prepares students to work professionally in art-related fields by providing emphasis areas in:

Each discipline encourages students to approach and resolve aesthetic, intellectual, and technical problems through informed:

  • practice,
  • experimentation,
  • and historical awareness.

We believe that students must have exposure to a broad range of studio experiences to develop first-hand knowledge of the creative process. The in-depth understanding that students acquire in the department, through authentic research compiled with historical study and critical analysis, develops the visual literacy necessary for successful artists, designers, and art teachers. In addition to the degree program, the department supports the cultural climate of the campus with a continuous program of exhibits and lectures in the Hiram van Gordon Gallery. 

Summer and Fall 2024 Registration begins on March 26th, 2024!

Faculty Advisement Hours:

Sue Ballard De Ruiz
Monday – Thursday, 7–9am
Zoom link:

Eric Jackson
Tuesday / Thursday, 9–11am
Wednesday, 1–2pm
Zoom link: Coming soon

Jane Allen McKinney
Monday / Wednesday, 8:20pm–8:55pm (Sculpture Room)
Tuesday / Thursday, 5:20pm–6:40pm (Ceramics Room)

Michael Mitchell
Tuesday / Wednesday / Thursday, 11am–12pm (Elliott Hall, Office 115 D)

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Join us at the State of Black Design Conference 2024, where innovation meets heritage at Tennessee State University! Ready to be inspired from March 14-16th? Register now at and let's shape the future of design together!