Welcome from the Department of Art and Design

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The Department of Art and Design at MTSU is a vibrant community of passionate artists, designers, educators, and historians who are committed to fostering a culture of learning and creativity. Our distinguished faculty comprises practicing artists who are deeply invested in nurturing the growth and success of their students.

Our Building is a Resource for Artistic Innovation

Our state-of-the-art facilities provide an ideal environment for students to create a diverse range of artwork, from the tangible to the abstract. With small class sizes and a dedication to student research and civic engagement, our faculty-student relationships are strengthened, leading to a more personalized and enriching learning experience.

Our Degrees are Competitive and Forward-thinking

Our Art and Design program is NASAD accredited, and we offer a range of undergraduate degrees, including a B.F.A. in Studio or Graphic Design, a B.S./B.A. in Visual Arts and Art History, and a B.S. in Art Education. We equip our students with the tools, skills, and knowledge necessary to succeed in the constantly evolving creative industry.

Supportive Community and Alumni are a Cornerstone of Our Success

Our department is a hub of activity with a variety of learning opportunities beyond the classroom. Visiting artists’ lectures, gallery exhibits, artist workshops, and art festivals are just a few of the ways in which our students can immerse themselves in the vibrant arts community.

If you have any questions or would like more information about our program or a tour of our facilities, contact Jimmy.Mumford@mtsu.edu or Jennifer.Tweedie@mtsu.edu. We would be delighted to assist you in any way we can.

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Academic Programs, Art and Design

Academic Programs within Art and Design

The Department of Art and Design offers:

  • a BS degree in Art Education,
  • a BA degree in Art History,
  • a BFA degree in Studio Art,
  • a BFA degree in Graphic Design
  • a BFA degree in Graphic Design, illustration emphasis
  • a BFA degree in Graphic Design, interaction emphasis
  • a BS degree in Visual Arts.

More than 300 art majors and 1,000 non-majors enroll each semester in our classes taught by twenty permanent faculty members. Our Department is proud of its many opportunities for Art and Design students to use technology. With state-of-the-art computer labs and over ten master classrooms, every teaching area has technology at their fingertips.

Mission Statement, Art and Design

Our Mission Statement

The Department of Art and Design is committed to building an inclusive community that respects and values differing experiences and viewpoints.

Our mission is to present relevant and constructive teaching and visual learning methodologies to a diverse student population with multifarious life experiences and professional requirements. To achieve this, we provide a structured and supportive creative environment in which students are encouraged to ask questions, explore traditional and emerging technologies, engage in critical thinking, and investigate creative solutions to complex problems. We serve as advocates for the visual arts by creating original art and scholarship, by participating in art exhibitions, and by offering public lectures and presentations for the University, local, and regional communities.

Art and Design Majors will communicate effectively and engage in meaningful exchanges and partnerships with individuals and organizations from cross-cultural backgrounds. Our students acquire the aesthetic judgment, art historical knowledge, technical skills, vocabulary, practicum experiences, and the professional dispositions necessary to become art educators, art historians, graphic designers, studio artists, practitioners in art-related professions, informed patrons of the arts, or to pursue further university studies. Graduates of our programs will demonstrate cultural competency and an understanding and appreciation of diversity. Through their studies of art and history, students will be made aware of and learn to appreciate the art and cultures of people both within and beyond the Western tradition.

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Video and Motion Design by Graphic Design students in Sheri Selph's ART 3100 class.



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