As one of four units in the College of the Arts, the School of Art & Design offers a BFA degree with concentrations in graphic communication, drawing/painting, ceramics/sculpture, and photography/printmaking, as well as a BS degree in Art Education. Both of these are pre-professional programs, the first for aspiring artists and the second for teachers. Such degrees are demanding and students must be genuinely committed in order to be successful. Admission to the degree programs in the School of Art & Design is highly competitive. All students must pass an initial portfolio review of their studio work in order to be fully accepted as art majors. Another portfolio review is required for BFA students in order to be accepted into a studio concentration area. The department also offers a BA degree in Art History and minors in Art History and Classical Studies. An MAT in Teaching Art is also available, and provides an opportunity for individuals with bachelors degrees in art and other fields to achieve certification as art teachers while earning a graduate degree.
Over 500 declared majors are enrolled in visual arts programs. The faculty includes twenty permanent, full-time professors, and 15-20 part-time faculty members. Currently over 75 courses in art, art history, and art education are listed in the undergraduate catalog. The department is fully accredited by the National Association of Schools of Art and Design. Our award-winning Visual Arts Building provides 32,000-square-feet of studio and classroom space with state-of-the-art equipment, including a Macintosh computer lab for students. The Visual Arts Resource Center provides faculty with teaching resources such as digital and photographic images, books, journals, videos, and other media.
The department also sponsors a nationally recognized exhibition program with two campus galleries and a new museum, as well as a permanent collection of over 200 works of art. The campus sculpture collection is the largest of any in the Georgia university system. Students regularly exhibit in the campus galleries in annual student shows as well as in their senior graduation exhibitions.
The mission of the Kennesaw State University School of Art and Design is to lead in the education of art students and to promote the visual arts as an essential expression of the human condition. The School cultivates artistic and intellectual growth by developing creativity, innovation, critical thinking, and technical proficiency. All programs uphold and exceed national standards in studio art, art history, art criticism, aesthetics, and art education. A commitment to excellence in teaching, research, creative activity, service, and scholarship provides students with the tools to be informed citizens in a global society and to succeed professionally. The School continually seeks to expand its engagement with and prominence in the local community, the state, the nation, and the world.
The 2013-2017 SOAAD Strategic Plan was developed following a three-month process of data gathering and collaborative discussion between representatives of full-time faculty, part-time faculty, staff, and students within the School of Art and Design. Using the COTA strategic plan as a model, School of Art and Design full-time faculty met in five sub-committees, each writing objectives and action steps specific to SOAAD strategic goals. For further ideas on Plan development, the SOAAD Strategic Planning Committee constructed a student survey that was disseminated to approximately one hundred SOAAD students participating in a variety of classes chosen to reflect the full range of disciplines and demographics within our school. Survey results therefore reflect an adequate representation of the students within our various programs. The survey questions were designed to obtain student perceptions of SOAAD strengths, weaknesses, opportunities and threats pertaining to each goal. The SOAAD Strategic Planning Committee then met to edit and refine the document to further clarify and address student needs, especially in the areas of online learning, advising, and community outreach. The SOAAD Strategic Planning Committee was composed of the following individuals representing staff and faculty of SOAAD: Jessica Stephenson (art history classroom and adjunct perspectives), Joe Thomas (administration perspectives), Diana McClintock (art history classroom perspectives), Valerie Dibble (studio classroom perspectives), Lin Hightower (administration and studio classroom perspectives) and Shane McDonald (staff, student, alumni, and public perspectives).
Promote excellence and innovation in education through teaching, supervising, and mentoring students; research, creative activity, and scholarship; and professional service.
Objective 1: Increase online and hybrid learning in appropriate courses
Objective 2: Promote excellence and innovation in teaching, supervising, and mentoring of students
Objective 3: Promote excellence and innovation in research, creative activity and scholarship
Objective 4: Promote excellence and innovation in service
Improve recruitment, retention, progression, and graduation rates (RRPG) in accord with the Complete College Georgia initiative, while continually increasing the quality, breadth, and relevance of academic and co-curricular programs.
Objective 1: Utilize student data and implement best practices to develop effective RRPG initiatives
Objective 2: Integrate community engagement with recruitment and retention efforts
Objective 3: Improve and expand the quality and breadth of academic programs
Become more engaged and prominent in the local community, Georgia, the nation, and the world.
Objective 1: Promote greater visibility and increase the reputational standing of our programs by highlighting faculty, staff and student achievement.
Objective 2: Recognize and support engagement at the local, state, national, and international level.
Enhance the collegiate experience, and foster a welcoming, diverse, and inclusive environment.
Objective 1: Foster a welcoming and collegial environment that promotes a culture of diversity, inclusion, and sensitivity
Objective 2: Enhance the work experience and job environment
Expand resources, and improve operational efficiency and effectiveness.
Objective 1: Expand facilities to support need, growth and demand
Objective 2: Improve operational efficiency and effectiveness