Since 1920, Edinboro University’s Art Department has trained thousands of creators and educators who have contributed to the economic and cultural development of the Erie County region and beyond.
This month, Edinboro’s nationally recognized Art Department received a distinguished 10-year accreditation from the National Association of Schools of Art and Design (NASAD) – the industry’s standard for academic and professional art and design program evaluation.
“Art students and faculty members at Edinboro University consistently strive to connect artistic theory and practice – enhancing the creative atmosphere of campus,” said James Parlin, chairperson of Edinboro’s Art Department. “A national accreditation from NASAD reinforces our dedication to excellence and ethics.
NASAD establishes standards for undergraduate and graduate degrees and disciplines related to art and design.
Institutions receive NASAD accreditation following a comprehensive review from NASAD personnel. Colleges and universities obtain accreditation after reaching the educational quality and institutional probity outlined by the association.
Only 363 schools, colleges and universities hold national accreditations from NASAD, which began operations in 1944.
“The individual programs within Edinboro University’s Art Department are constantly being recognized for outstanding contributions to the art community and the development of students,” said Dr. Scott Miller, dean of Edinboro’s College of Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences. “This extensive accreditation is truly a testament to the collaboration and creative vision of the department as a whole.”
Edinboro’s undergraduate art programs receiving NASAD accreditation include Bachelor of Science in Art Education, Bachelor of Arts in Applied Media Arts (cinema, graphic and interactive design, photography) and Bachelor of Arts in Studio Art (ceramics, drawing, illustration, jewelry/metalsmithing, painting, printmaking, sculpture and wood/furniture design).
Graduate programs receiving accreditation include Master of Arts in Art, Art Education, Art Therapy Counseling; Master of Fine Arts in Studio Arts (ceramics, jewelry/metalsmithing, painting, printmaking and sculpture) and a post-master’s certificate in Art Therapy.
As the largest and most prestigious art program in Pennsylvania’s State System of Higher Education, Edinboro University boasts more than 6,000 art alumni with nearly 1,000 living in Erie County. The visual arts play a vital role in economic development by celebrating creative communities and the transformational impact artists have on the quality of life in Erie County.
Throughout 2019, Edinboro University celebrates Art 100, the centennial anniversary of art and art education programming in northwest Pennsylvania. This yearlong celebration of art will take place across western Pennsylvania from August 2019 through December 2020.
For more information about Edinboro University’s art and art education programs and a full schedule of Art 100 events, visit art.edinboro.edu.
With photo: Edinboro University Art Department instructor Joshua Mitchel provides feedback to art student Alyssa McLaurin during a drawing course on Edinboro’s main campus