ETSU is an accredited institutional member of the National Association of Schools of Art and Design. The Department of Art and Design holds membership in the College Art Association and other professional art organizations.
The Department of Art and Design is committed to excellence in visual arts education, teaching students the technical, theoretical, critical, professional, and personal skills necessary to succeed in the visual arts. Achieving the highest quality of academic scholarship and creative research are priorities expected and supported. In service to our community, we seek to promote awareness of the social and cultural significance of the visual arts, within the university, for our region, and the world at large.
Undergraduate degrees that may be earned include the B.F.A. and B.A. The B.F.A. is recommended for those students who wish to follow a professional career in the studio arts. The B.A. is available for students who wish to major in art history or studio art , which is also the preferred degree for students who wish to teach art at the K-12 level. Please see the programs listed below for more details.
The graduate degree that may be earned is the Master of Fine Arts. The M.F.A. is the terminal degree in studio art for practicing artists and university or college teaching of art. Please see the graduate catalog for more details.
An art major may specialize in one or more of the following areas: art history, painting, drawing, sculpture, printmaking, commercial art, graphic design, photography, ceramics, fibers, and jewelry and metalsmithing.
Studio art majors must take the following art courses during the freshman year:
Semester I: 9 Credit Hours
Semester II: 9 Credit Hours
Art History majors must take the following art courses during the freshman year:
Semester I: 6 Credit Hours
Semester II: 6 Credit Hours
Transfer students should consult the chair of the Department of Art and Design concerning departmental limitations on transfer credit.
Graduate Study in Art
The Department of Art and Design also offers the master of fine arts degree. Further information on the program is contained in the Graduate Catalog.
Students may earn East Tennessee State University credit by taking art courses at the Penland School of Crafts in Penland, NC.
Penland School hosts renowned instructors for short-term (one- to eight-week) courses of study in the following areas: wood, surface design, fiber, iron, jewelry, printmaking, photography, paper, book arts, glass, design, drawing, clay, and “specials,” which includes such topics as Arts Administration and Crafts Criticism.
For a catalog or information, call 828-765-2359 or write to:
Penland School of Crafts
Penland, NC 38765