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Art & Design

College of Arts & Sciences

Welcome and thank you for your interest in the Department of Art & Design at East Tennessee State University. We are thrilled that you are considering joining us!

The Department of Art & Design provides comprehensive training in the visual arts and art history. Our students develop problem solving skills, a strong work ethic, and an ability to communicate verbally and visually through their time with us. Alumni from our program are thriving in various careers in the arts. Our faculty includes internationally exhibited artists, published authors, and a Guggenheim fellow. We are affiliated with the Mary B. Martin School of the Arts at ETSU, which sponsors an eclectic calendar of visiting artists, curators, art historians, and exhibitions on the ETSU campus each semester.

Our facilities are comprehensive, with materials and spaces for Graphic Design, Fibers, Painting, Printmaking, Ceramics, Drawing, Jewelry & Metals, Sculpture, Analog and Digital Photography, and Extended Media. The studio areas are well equipped with an array of tools and larger equipment. The department houses two Mac labs for use by Art & Design students, as well as several Smart classrooms. Regularly updated software includes Adobe Creative Suite and more. Digital cameras are available for check out by registered art students; students also have access to a variety of large format digital printers and scanners available in our Visual Resource Center. Individual studio spaces are available for graduate students as well as undergraduate students working on capstone exhibitions. We have a wonderful gallery on campus, Slocumb Galleries, and a satellite gallery in downtown Johnson City, Tipton Street Gallery, where we host exhibitions by students, visiting artists, faculty, and more.

We offer the following degrees at ETSU:
  • Master of Fine Arts (Studio Art) M.F.A.
  • Bachelor of Fine Arts (Studio Art) B.F.A.
  • Bachelor of Fine Arts (Graphic Design) B.F.A.
  • Bachelor of Arts (Art History) B.A.
  • Bachelor of Arts (Studio Art) B.A.
  • Bachelor of Arts (Studio Art) B.A. with a minor in Education*
  • Minor (Studio Art)
  • Minor (Art History)
*Our partnership with the ETSU College of Education enables our students to minor in Education and be eligible to teach K-12 upon completion of the degree.
The Department of Art & Design is accredited by NASAD, The National Association of Schools of Art and Design and is a member of CAA, the College Art Association; SECAC, Southeastern College Art Conference; ISC, the International Sculpture Center, and is a consortium member of SACI, Studio Art Centers International, based in Florence, Italy. Annual study abroad opportunities are available to all ETSU students; the Ceramics program offers an annual workshop in Spannochia, Italy.

We would love to meet you and discuss our program further, or give you a tour of our facilities! Feel free to call (423) 439-4247 to set up an appointment with one of our faculty advisors. You can also find and join our public Facebook group at ETSU Department of Art & Design! Please do not hesitate to contact me directly if you have any questions about our programs.

Mira Gerard

Professor and Chair
Department of Art & Design
East Tennessee State University
Johnson City, TN 37614
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