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Program Overview

Program Overview

Let us guide you in your passion for the visual arts. Learn how to be an artist while learning the business. Or prepare to mold young minds at the primary and secondary levels. Take on a studio practice. Take advantage of the opportunity to learn from our experienced faculty. Our teaching professionals will lead you to excel in your specialization. So soak in the Nashville art community and its opportunities. Work in Open, our student-operated gallery. Chances for experiential learning (and networking) abound. We'll connect you to top internships in museums, galleries and studios here. Whether your next step is graduate school, teaching, or working in the arts, you can rest assured that you will be well-prepared.




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.


Graduate school acceptance rate

Our Faculty

  • Cliff Eanes Tierney

    Cliff Eanes Tierney

    Chair, Visual Arts

    Cliff Tierney is an artist and currently holds the position of Associate Professor of Art at Lipscomb University where he chairs the Visual Arts Department. Professionally, his work has been...

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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.