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 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. 

hannah beachler

Oscar-winning production designer, Hannah Beachler, will visit TSU on Tuesday, Feb. 21st at 12pm!
The Forum (Floyd-Payne Student Center, 2nd Floor)
Free to students!

basquiat flyer

"Our Friend Jean" Early Works by Jean-Michel Basquiat
November 9th - 16th
Hiram Van Gordon Gallery

john lewis mural
professors McBride and Woodley holding mockup of John Lewis mural

TSU Art Professor Michael McBride paints stunning mural as a tribute to Rep. John Lewis in downtown Nashville! He was assisted by Nashville artist, and TSU adjunct instructor, Donna Woodley. 
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Alumni Highlight
Artist and muralist, Woke3, is our Fall 2021 Alumni Highlight! Check out his work here!