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2016-2017 Undergraduate Catalog 
2016-2017 Undergraduate Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Department of Visual Art

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Clifford Tierney, Associate Professor and Academic Chair
Rocky Horton, Associate Professor
Angela Lee, Visiting Professor of Graphic Design

The Department of Art fosters creative development and sound craftsmanship as it provides strong foundations in historical, theoretical, and critical studies in art as it is applicable to each major. We currently offer three Bachelor of Fine Arts degrees: Graphic Design, Studio Art, and Animation; and five Bachelor of Arts degrees with comprehensive studies in Art Education, Studio Art, Graphic Design, Art Therapy, Animation, and Visual Arts Administration. The department also offers minors in Graphic Design, Studio Art, Animation, and Art History. 

Distinctives of the Department of Visual Art

The Department of Visual Art has access to numerous museums, galleries, local artists’ studios, conferences, graphic design firms, and animation studios in Nashville. Prime museums include the Frist Center for the Visual Arts, Cheekwood Museum of Art, Tennessee State Museum and the Parthenon Gallery as well as Nashville’s downtown public library, which has exhibitions and speakers on art, photography, and graphic design.

The department, as well as the city of Nashville, provides students with the opportunity to get involved with a variety of internships. Examples include our students working with other artists in their studios, education-based internships at local art institutions, and hands-on experiences at various graphic design firms and agencies. The department also encourages our students to participate in Lipscomb’s global learning programs.

The Department of Art offers a Visiting Artist Program (VAP) that serves to educate and foster a greater understanding and appreciation of contemporary art through critical discourse. This program features prominent artists throughout the academic year and brings them to Nashville to interact with students and the community over a period of two to three days.

Lipscomb is positioned within driving distance of numerous cities with outstanding arts resources including: St. Louis, Mo.; Birmingham, Ala.; Chattanooga, Tenn.; Indianapolis, Ind.; Chicago, Ill.; Louisville, Ky.; Memphis, Tenn.; Atlanta, Ga.; and Cincinnati, Ohio. Every academic year, art majors go on field trips with professors so that they can experience their area of study in an “out-of-school” context. 

Career Opportunities

Industrial, technical, and scientific artists are needed to prepare the thousands of visual aids and publications for business, government and educational institutions. Some of the opportunities available to art graduates include:

• Graphic Designer

• Visual Communications

• Web Designer

• Fine Artist

• Animator

• Animation Direction

• Curator

• Gallerist

• Art Director

• Art Conservator

• Art Educator

• Creative Consultant

• Exhibition Designer

• Industrial Designer

• Art Handler

• Arts Management

• Photographer

• Videographer

Departmental Admission Requirements

A portfolio of work is required for review before admittance is granted. Students must show an above average level of visual literacy along with exhibiting fundamental skills such as drawing, painting, 3D and 2D design, and photography. A portfolio is also required for departmental scholarships. Scholarship applications can be found on our Website: 

Program of Study Requirements


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