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Why study Studio Art at APSU?

The Department of Art + Design is housed in the beautiful and brand new Art + Design Building, a 46,000-square-foot, $21.3 million facility dedicated to Art + Design. The Department of Art + Design has studios dedicated to art education, drawing, painting, printmaking, digital media, illustration, graphic design, animation, photography, sculpture, ceramics, and art history. 

All of our studio art courses have a cap of 18 students. You will never have to fight for space and will receive extensive individual attention from your professors. 

The faculty  in the Department of Art + Design are practicing artists who are committed to both your develop as an artist and with their own continued development.

The Department of Art + Design is a part of CECA (the Center of Excellence for the Creative Arts) which provides us with the funding to have an unrivaled visiting artist and exhibition series.

The Art + Design Building is available art + design students to use everyday from 7 am until midnight, making the building an exciting hub of creative activity.

The Department of Art + Design believes that anyone interested in art or design deserves a chance. There are no portfolio requirements to become a major in our department.

What will I learn?

You will gain the skills necessary to implement a concept through technique, material, or a discipline specific strategy.

You will develop a personal style or vision and execute it across a variety of media, ideas, and creative activities through critical making and critical analysis.

You will gain the writing and communication skills necessary to effectively translate your personal style into a focused relevant conversation about your own work and the work of others.

You will gain a knowledge of significant works and movements in the canon of world art and design, which includes both formal and iconographic styles.

You will develop advanced comprehension of focused topics in art and design history as a context for your professional creative practice.

You will learn how to be a participant in the creative economy.

The Freshmen Seminar degree requirement completed by most students is APSU 1000. The course is delivered in a small-class setting with like-minded students led by a faculty member and a peer leader. The interdisciplinary course is intended to support first-semester students and provide them with a foundation for university success. Emphasis is placed on student engagement, university learning success strategies, support services, library literacy, financial literacy, and academic and career planning. The first class meeting of APSU 1000 during fall semesters is on Freshmen Convocation Day.

The general education core is designed to develop critical competencies in written communication, oral communication, mathematical analysis, and critical thinking skills. Students at APSU select coursework in the general education core in the areas of Communication, Humanities and Fine Arts, Social and Behavioral Sciences, History, Natural Sciences, and Mathematics. While the general education core requirements for graduation can be met by choosing courses from each of these areas, some programs of study require lower division courses that serve as prerequisites for upper division courses. Students should consult the sample 4-year plans and confer with their academic advisors as they choose their general education core courses.

What engagement opportunities are available to APSU students?

The Department of Art + Design is the home to the Iota Beta Chapter of Kappa Pi International Art Honor Society.

ART 440I Art Internship provides graphic design students with on-the-job training with professionals working in the field.

Dr. Tamara Smithers and Professor Ken Shipley offer alternating study abroad trips to Italy in the summer. Dr. Smithers takes groups to Rome to study Italian Renaissance art and architecture and Professor Shipley takes groups to Tuscany to study ceramics.

What do Studio Art majors do after graduation?

The sky is the limit for professionals with degrees in art. 

  • Artist
  • Painter
  • Sculptor
  • Printmaker
  • Animator
  • Illustrator
  • New Media Artist
  • Ceramicist
  • Gallery Director
  • Curator
  • Critic
  • Cartoonist
  • Storyboard Illustrator
  • Entrepreneur
  • Photographer