Degree & Non-Degree Programs

The Bachelor of Fine Arts degree is the centerpiece of the Appalachian Center for Craft's programs. Our students develop the knowledge, skills and direction necessary to prepare them for building successful careers in contemporary studio craft.

We offer students the option of five (5) Bachelor of Fine Arts degree or Craft Certificate (non-degree) concentrations: clay, fibers, glass, metals, and wood. Tennessee Tech University also offers BFA concentrations in art education and painting on its main campus in Cookeville, Tennessee.

The BFA is accredited by the National Association of Schools of Art and Design and the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools.


The Faculty
The Appalachian Center for Craft's five full-time, tenured faculty members are nationally renowned and respected craft artists in the fields of clay, fibers, glass, metals, and wood. All faculty members have Masters of Fine Arts degrees in their fields and are extremely active in exhibitions, teaching workshops, publishing, and as members of professional craft organizations, in addition to university course loads and personal studio work.

For specific program information regarding Bachelor of Fine Arts degree concentrations, Craft Certificates, and Artist in Residence positions in clay, fibers, glass, metals, and wood, please contact the appropriate faculty member.

Our Mission
The Craft Center promotes excellence in American craft by teaching tradition and innovation in technique, concept and design. We provide access to the highest quality craft education, professional artists, and career opportunities.

Facility Profile

  • private art school education at a public school price
  • faculty of nationally renowned craft artists
  • outstanding facilities and equipment
  • small class size / individual attention
  • on-site student housing
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