Kennesaw State granted accreditation for visual arts program

The National Association of Schools of Art and Design has approved Kennesaw State University's…

Georgia (Nov 13, 2002) — Kennesaw State granted accreditation for visual arts program

Cheryl Anderson Brown


The National Association of Schools of Art and Design has approved Kennesaw State University's application for national accreditation.

"With this accreditation‚ the School of the Arts at Kennesaw State reaches a significant milestone‚" said Arts Dean Joseph Meeks. "The entire school −− music‚ theater and visual arts −− is nationally accredited‚ making KSU one of only four institutions in the state of Georgia with all arts programs fully accredited."

The Department of Theater and Department of Music at KSU are accredited by the National Association of Schools of Theater and National Association of Schools of Music‚ respectively. "This is remarkable recognition for our programs and faculty‚" said Assistant Dean Carol Edwards‚ who oversaw the accreditation application process in her former position as chair of the Department of Visual Arts. Assistant Professor of Arts Joe Remillard coordinated the writing of the self−study that resulted in accreditation.

Dr. Edwards notes that NASAD membership reflects the high quality of education at KSU. The two−year review process was completed with an onsite visit last spring. Program evaluators spent three days interviewing faculty and students‚ looking over academic requirements‚ visiting classes and inspecting KSU's new state−of−the−art Visual Arts Building.

"The committee was very positive when it left‚" Dean Meeks said. "We are pleased that they recognized the excellence of our art‚ design and art education programs."

With more than 350 students currently enrolled‚ the Department of Visual Arts offers the bachelor of science degree in art education and the bachelor of fine arts degree in art with concentrations in graphic communication‚ drawing and painting‚ photography and printmaking‚ and sculpture and ceramics.

"We are committed to our student's personal‚ individual and artistic development‚" Dr. Edwards said. "We believe the arts enhance the quality of life in our community."

To learn more about the Department of Visual Arts‚ visit

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Kennesaw State University is a comprehensive‚ residential institution with a growing student population of 15‚600 from 118 countries. The fifth largest out of 34 institutions in the University System of Georgia‚ KSU offers 55 undergraduate and graduate degree programs.


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