Department of Art & Design

Hands-on Training in Art & Design


Art Students & Faculty

Shining Within Their Communities and Abroad!

virtual speaker lineup  

Spring 2021 virtual speaker line-up includes four internationally-recognized artists and designers! 

Defy Film Festival
Faculty Highlight

Professor Sam Dunson's film, "Birth of Shiny Star Baby" has been selected to be part of the Defy Film Festival in Nashville from August 23-25th.
kaleena sales aiga
Professor Kaleena Sales writes about making graphic design instruction more inclusive!
Read it here: AIGA Design Educators Community

nashville visionaries
Exhibition Recap: Nashville Visionaries
Concept & Curation by Carl Pope
Students and local artists respond to Carl Pope's call for art in a major way! Read more!
italy study abroad
Study Abroad!

Art 4000
Art, Design, and Architecture of Italy!
Learn More!

About the Program

The Art 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 concentrated studies 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. 

Art Gallery

Spring 2021 Hiram Van Gordon Gallery Schedule