March 22, 2012

Jeanette Grider

Studio Art, Art History Programs Earn NASAD Accreditation

Studio Art and Art History programs in Saint Louis University's Department of Fine and Performing Arts Department were recently accredited by the National Association of Schools of Art and Design (NASAD).

NASAD is the organization of schools, colleges and universities that establishes national standards for undergraduate and graduate degrees in art.

Institutional membership is gained only through the peer review process which took place last year on SLU's campus. With this accreditation, SLU joins the ranks of college and university programs better known as destinations for aspiring art students and is one of only a few Jesuit universities with NASAD accreditation.

Over the past 10 years the Art History and Studio Art faculty have been working towards accreditation and their respective programs are now larger and more diverse than they were in the past.

Art History has grown to include course offerings in Modern, Contemporary and Global Art.

Studio Art has expanded with Computer Art, Graphic Design and Photography, as well as the traditional Printmaking, Painting, Drawing, Ceramics and Sculpture.

Studio Art also works together with Craft Alliance Grand Center to offer courses in Fibers and Metalsmithing.

Art History has close ties with the Saint Louis Art Museum, Contemporary Art Museum and the International Chess Museum, providing students with ties to the professional art community.

For additional information contact Sharron Pollack, Program Director and Associate Professor of Studio Art in the University's Department of Fine and Performing Arts, at

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