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Department of Visual Arts

Art is everywhere you look. It is your creative expression of the human experience. It is whatever your mind can imagine.

Our department is here to teach you the skills to produce creations that can be appreciated for their intellect, visual impact, and emotional power.

We offer a unique, spiritually led experience in the visual arts. We seek to engage you in the process of perception and practice. We aim to help you develop your distinct visual language.

Whether you want to become a studio artist, graphic designer, animator, curator, or an art teacher, we provide a diverse program that encourages you to explore the field that interests you. In addition to being led by a faculty of experienced practicing artists, you will have access to the museums, galleries, design firms, studios, and more that make up Nashville’s vibrant art scene. And we don’t stop there! You can be part of shows, exhibitions, and trips that cross the country and globe. 

Programs

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Art Therapy

Our Art Therapy program will intertwine your passions for art and healing. You'll develop a strong foundation in all artistic mediums and apply these principles in a robust set of psychology courses and eventually in real-time situations. This program is made up of 51 course hours of art and 18 course hours in psychology.

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Graphic Design

In our Graphic Design program you will learn anything from proper package design and display to web and app development while using state-of-the-art software. All of our faculty have been working in the field for over a decade. The program includes an option of two tracks, a B.A. or the more intensive B.F.A.

Graphic Design
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Studio Art

While in our Studio Art program you will be given a wide berth to explore your creativity and potential. You will engage in mediums like painting, drawing, sculpture, videography, and printmaking. You will learn from a faculty with a wealth of experience in a variety of media and have exhibited both nationally and internationally. The program includes an option of two tracks, a B.A. or the more intensive B.F.A

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Visual Art Administration

As a part of our Visual Art Administration program, you’ll learn how to be support the arts as a business person. Our goal is to give students who aren’t necessarily interested in being artists but have a passion for being involved in the arts. This program is made up of 51 course hours of studio art and 18 course hours of business.

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Visual Art Teaching

This program is in partnership with the College of Education to prepare you to teach art at primary and secondary levels. You will be encouraged to take on a studio practice as you are preparing to teach.

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Off-Campus Student-Operated Gallery in Nashville

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The gallery, located in Beaman Library

John C. Hutcheson Gallery

The Gallery was created in fall 2010 and features a variety of exhibitions each semester. This gallery provides an opportunity to study, exhibit, stimulate appreciation for and advance knowledge of works of art that collectively represent the broadest spectrum of human achievement and artistic interests. Occasional free lectures by nationally and regionally known artists will be held in conjunction with the exhibitions. The Gallery is located in Beaman Library.

Students in Paris, France

Travel Study

Special topics travel courses offered each year, create unique travel learning opportunities to New York City, Chicago, Paris, Berlin, etc. Each course is designed to take advantage of the site's specific art venues and experiences.

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Visiting Artist Program

The Visiting Artist Program (VAP) is a vital program that serves to educate and foster a greater understanding and appreciation of contemporary art through critical discourse. This program highlights several artists throughout the academic year from all over the country and brings them to Nashville to interact on a very intimate level with students and the community over a period of 2-3 days.

The artists lecture, perform studio visits, hold workshops, and exhibit their work in the gallery. It is a decidedly eclectic program that showcases artists working in all media including sound, video, performance, painting, sculptors, and photographers as well as critics and art writers. Lectures and events with the artists are held 2-3 times each semester.

The VAP series is generously sponsored by the Cracker Barrel Foundation of Lebanon, Tennessee.