MSU Department of Art and Design receives NASAD accreditation

MOREHEAD – Morehead State University’s Department of Art and Design has been granted associate membership by the National Association of Schools of Art and Design (NASAD). Accreditation also includes plan approval for new Bachelor of Fine Arts degree (B.F.A.) programs in Art and Art Education, which will be available for students beginning Fall 2015.

Accreditation by NASAD is important because it affirms the quality of our programs,” said Dr. Jean Petsch, Art and Design interim chair. “The faculty deserves to be congratulated for this significant achievement.”

NASAD, founded in 1944, is an organization of schools, colleges, and universities and has approximately 323 accredited institutional members. It establishes national standards for undergraduate and graduate degrees in the visual arts.

The next full review will be in the 2020-21 academic year.

MSU’s Department of Art and Design is an active part of an excelling University of national and international prominence. The Claypool Young Art Building is a center of activity for art and design students and the East Kentucky visual arts community. It houses fully equipped art studios, multi-media classrooms, a 21-station Apple Macintosh computer lab, and an award winning art gallery.

Graduates of the programs are able to pursue a wide array of careers in corporate, government, non-profit, educational and independent sectors including: Art museums/galleries: administration, curatorial, conservation, public relations, exhibit design and preparation; Graphic design: digital, print, multimedia, type, web, illustration, advertising; P-12 Education; Independent studio and entrepreneurial practice: sales, promotion, design, development, freelance.

Earning a bachelor’s degree in art also prepares students for entrance into the Master of Fine Arts (M.F.A.) and doctoral programs, where they further their study in disciplines such as drawing, painting, ceramics, graphic design, animation, printmaking, and photography, and achieve success in areas including P-12 education, entertainment technology, arts administration, art therapy, and historic preservation.

MSU offers Bachelor of Arts degrees in: Art, with course work in ceramics, computer art, drawing, graphic design, art history, painting, photography, printmaking and sculpture and Art education (P-12).

MSU’s Master of Arts degree offers concentrations in: Art education; Graphic design and Studio art.

The Department of Art and Design also offers an array of minors, which complement degrees across the University, including arts entrepreneurship, studio art, visual communication and art history.

Additional information may be obtained by calling 606-783-2766, emailing or visiting

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