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The University of Tennessee is classified as a Doctoral/Research Extensive institution by the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching. Our students are taught by internationally known faculty who conduct a high level of research and creative activity. Detailed information on our research projects is listed in the research section on this site.

Faculty in the School includes artists, designers and art historians of national stature. The Artist-in-Residence Program and the Visiting Artists, Designers and Scholars Program further enhance the teaching environment by featuring prominent individuals who work with students in a variety of venues.

The School of Art has an active exhibition program supported by the Ewing Gallery of Art and Architecture and the University of Tennessee Downtown Gallery, which host major exhibitions of work by national and international artists. The School also maintains Gallery 1010, Tennessee’s only student run, non-profit, off-campus exhibition space.

Undergraduate Studies

The School of Art at the University of Tennessee has a strong national reputation and is accredited by the National Association of Schools of Art and Design (NASAD). On the undergraduate level, the School offers curricula leading to the Bachelor of Arts (majors in Art History and Studio Art); the Bachelor of Fine Arts in Studio Art; and the Bachelor of Fine Arts in Graphic Design. These programs prepare students to pursue graduate work or a variety of career options including fine artist, graphic designer, digital artist, photographer, media/film artist, gallery director, museum staff member, arts administrator, and public school teacher.

Undergraduate majors in the school enjoy the advantages of small art classes augmented by the benefits of a large university with its wealth of activities and course selections. The school takes seriously its role of guiding students toward individual creative and educational fulfillment.

Masters of Fine Arts

We are very proud of our Masters of Fine Arts program in the School of Art, which is nationally recognized and respected. We believe the students that accept our invitation to study with us are well served. The School of Art upholds the pursuit of excellence in the creation and study of visual art and design. We affirm the value of creative individual expression in the pursuit of knowledge, the capacity of art to express beauty, evoke wonder, confront injustice and test our values. We believe that art can be a catalyst for personal growth as well as social reform. We believe society is best served by individuals who possess a sound foundation in the liberal arts, independence and inquisitiveness of mind, coupled with practical working skills in the making and study of the arts.

The University of Tennessee offers a NASAD accredited 60 credit, three year MFA degree in Studio Art with concentrations in Ceramics, Transmedia Design, Painting|Drawing, Printmaking and Sculpture. Our program is ranked 45th nationally (17th public) by US News and World Report, and our Printmaking concentration is ranked 3th nationally. The school takes seriously its role of guiding students toward individual creative and educational fulfillment. Members of our faculty are internationally recognized and conduct a high level of research and creative activity.

Commitment to Diversity

The School of Art reaffirms the immeasurable contribution of diversity to the arts and seeks in its programming and activities to incorporate diverse perspectives from the rich panoply that is the human race. Furthermore, we assume our responsibility to ensure a welcoming and conscientious environment for everyone without regard to race, color, national origin, religion, sex, pregnancy, marital status, sexual orientation, gender identity, age, physical or mental disability or veteran status. We recognize that exposure to all forms of diversity is essential to facilitating a creative artistic environment.

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