About the Department of Art and Design

Chaired by Associate Professor Nicole Foran the Department of Art and Design offers a BS degree in art education, a BA degree in art history and BFA degrees in graphic design and studio art. More than 300 art majors and 1,000 non-majors enroll each semester in our classes taught by twenty permanent faculty members. The Department of Art and Design is proud of the many opportunities for our students to use technology. With state-of-the-art computer labs and over ten master classrooms every teaching area has technology at their fingertips.

After thirty-five years of operation in several "temporary" campus buildings, including an aging and dilapidated Art Barn, the State of Tennessee allocated $8,000,000 to convert the vacant, centrally located, Todd Library into a new art facility.

Todd Library was renamed, Todd Hall with the Department of Art and Design occupying 53,000 of the old library's 78,000 square feet of usable space. The remainder of the building houses the Dean of Liberal Arts suite, The Albert Gore Research Center, the Department of Sociology and Anthropology and their faculty offices.

The first floor of Todd Hall houses several Art faculty offices, sculpture and ceramic studios, drawing and 3-D design rooms and the wood shop. The second floor is comprised of painting studios, art education, art history and 2-D design rooms, The Todd Gallery, the slide library and numerous art faculty and art administrative offices. Located on the third floor of Todd Hall are the graphic design, book arts, printmaking studios and their faculty offices, four state-of-the-art computer labs, and drawing/illustration and 2-D design rooms.


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