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Programs

Programs

You will receive a strong foundation in studio art, color theory, conceptualization, presentation and art history, along with encouragement to create in studio practice. 

Visual Arts Administration

Program Overview

Shape the art world through business and arts management. Whether its curating, professionally collecting and preserving art, or magnifying the role art plays in communities, a degree in visual arts administration from Lipscomb University will prepare you for a career of influence.

Learn from experienced faculty who will lead you to excel in your specialization. Soak in the Nashville art community and art scene. Take on studio practice and work in our student-run Open gallery in downtown Nashville. At Lipscomb, you will have many opportunities for experiential learning and networking to launch into your career. We'll connect you to top internships in museums, galleries and studios. In a faith-based, service-focused community, you’ll develop the professional and personal skills needed to succeed as a leader in the arts.

Program Foundations

As a visual art administration student, you will add business, management and entrepreneurial knowledge to your skill set, along with nine hours of visual art electives. Upon graduation, you will be ready to begin your career in the art business.

Visual Arts Teaching

Program Overview

Inspire and mold the next generation of artists. With a visual arts teaching degree from Lipscomb University, you will be prepared to teach arts education at the primary and secondary levels. Introduce your students to a wide-range of perspectives in the world of art and strengthen their artistic skills. By sharing your passion for art, you will encourage creativity and provide your students with multiple forms of expression.

Hone your artistic skills and knowledge within a community of faith. At Lipscomb, you will develop professionally, personally and spiritually as you live out your calling. Take advantage of the opportunity to study in the vibrant, exciting city of Nashville and its art community. Learn from experienced faculty and professionals, take on studio practice and work in our student-operated Open gallery in downtown Nashville. You will graduate from Lipscomb ready to lead students and make a difference in their lives through art.

Program Foundations

As a visual arts teaching student, you will combine your artistic foundation with training in core and specialized professional education. When you graduate from our program, you will be well-equipped to teach art at primary and secondary levels.

Student teaching required for visual arts teaching.

Courses

Courses

Internship

Become more competitive in the job market with an internship related to your interests. You’ll gain experience and boost your exposure. An internship will also help you learn whether you’ve chosen a career you’ll enjoy.

Job placement

With a top-tier university education on your resume, you’ll be in high demand, whether you choose to launch your career or begin graduate school. Most of our programs have a placement rate of at least 90 percent within six months of graduation.

Expert faculty, small class sizes

Learn from award-winning, experienced faculty who actually care about you. Our small class sizes allow us to get to know you personally. We lead an approachable community within our respective programs. Our faculty connections are the experts on their subject matter, too.

100%

Graduate School Acceptance Rate

Our Faculty

  • Cliff Eanes Tierney

    Cliff Eanes Tierney

    Chair, Visual Arts

    Cliff Eanes Tierney is an artist and currently holds the position of associate professor of art at Lipscomb University in Nashville, where he chairs the Department of Visual Arts. Professionally, his...

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  • Rocky Horton

    Rocky Horton

    Interim Director of the School of Art & Design

    Rocky Horton received his undergraduate education at Harding University in Searcy, Ark. He received an MFA in Studio Art from West Virginia University in December of 2003. Since that time,...

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Christian Art Program in the U.S.

Career Paths

Craft and Fine Artists

Craft and fine artists use a variety of materials and techniques to create art for sale and exhibition. Craft artists create handmade objects, such as pottery, glassware, textiles and other objects that are designed to be functional. Fine artists, including painters, sculptors and illustrators, create original works of art for their aesthetic value, rather than for a functional one.

Archivists, Curators and Museum Workers

Archivists appraise, process, catalog and preserve permanent records and historically valuable documents. Curators oversee collections of artwork and historic items, and may conduct public service activities for an institution. Museum technicians and conservators prepare and restore objects and documents in museum collections and exhibits.

Art Directors

Art directors are responsible for the visual style and images in magazines, newspapers, product packaging and movie and television productions. They create the overall design of a project and direct others who develop artwork and layouts.