The Department of Art & Design at East Tennessee State University provides a comprehensive education in the visual arts, art history, and graphic design. Our programs inclusively prepare individuals to become creative and critically engaged professionals who successfully contribute to the visual and social culture of the Appalachian region and beyond.
Welcome and thank you for your interest in the Department of Art & Design at East Tennessee State University. We are excited 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 practice
a wide range of art disciplines and include 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, 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 many Smart classrooms.
Regularly updated software includes Adobe Creative Suite and more. Our Visual Resource
Center provide digital cameras and technologies for check out by registered art students,
students also have access to a variety of large format digital printers and scanners.
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 look forward to an opportunity 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.
Chair and Professor, Department of Art & Design
East Tennessee State University
Johnson City, TN 37614