Programs of Study
The Art Department offers the Bachelor of Fine Arts degree with concentrations in Art Education, Clay, Fibers, Glass, Metal, Painting and Wood. Art Education and Painting are housed on the main campus in Bryan Fine Arts Building and Foundation Hall. Clay, Fibers, Glass, Metal and Wood are housed at the Appalachian Center for Craft. For Craft Center programs, visit www.tntech.edu/craftcenter.
The mission of the Art Education Program at Tennessee Tech University is to cultivate professional art educators who understand the discipline of art as skill development in creativity and innovation and understand the diversity of students and how they can learn successfully. Most importantly, they understand how, as art teachers, to become empathic toward their future art students. The art education program is based upon state, regional and national visual arts standards and reflects the TTU College of Education conceptual framework for the preparation of “competent and caring professionals for a diverse, technological society."
The Painting program teaches the discipline of painting as a visual language both upholding tradition and seeking innovation. Our goal is to empower students with a broad range of representational skills, a confident command of materials and processes, and a powerful vocabulary of symbols, metaphors, themes and subjects.
The program starts with a strong grounding in materials and techniques. The skills of painting from observation, organizing formal structure, developing narrative content and strengthening individual expression are emphasized. Issues of representation are engaged through projects that inspire risk-taking and discovery. Students also explore abstraction and conceptual concerns, and learn mixed media approaches to extend the painting experience.
Being a painter means understanding the long history of the medium and how one can use it, disrupt it, and include oneself in that history. The program is structured to underscore individual studio work that is assessed through one-on-one and group critiques. Art history courses and critical discussions contribute further to a student’s understanding of the important role played by artists in society. Many students discover extensive connections between contemporary issues and the medium’s rich history. As a result, painters learn to document their times, express a personal vision, and influence public discourse on culture and society through painted communication.