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Art and Design

The Department of Art + Design's vision is to provide a creative environment that enables students to ask questions, think critically, and take risks as they gain the knowledge, skills, and confidence necessary for a meaningful, productive life and work as critical makers in a global society.

Art and Design at Austin Peay brings unique artistic experiences into each classroom.

Our students and educators all come from distinctive backgrounds. This makes each class period a new opportunity to engage with an original thought process to use in your work. And with state-of-the-art facilities in our new Art and Design building, you can revolutionize what the future of art looks like. Our faculty members continue to add to their real-world experience by regularly creating and showing their work.


College Art + Design Day
Register Now for College Art + Design Day

Want to know what it's like to study with us? Join us for College Art + Design Day on Saturday, February 10th. You can take workshops from our faculty, tour the department, and participate in a portfolio review. It's free for high school students! Parents and Teachers can accompany students for free too. Click the button to learn more and to register.



Izzy Melvin
Izzy Melvin
Graphic Design major

The second I stepped on the grounds here, I knew this is where I wanted to be. My mom looked at me after the orientation, and she said, ‘This is where you’re going to go, I already see it in your face.
Paul Collins
Paul Collins
Art and Design Professor

My strength as a teacher is in enabling and challenging students to define and refine their own creative research.
Patrick Gosnell
Patrick Gosnell
Art and Design Associate Professor

I appreciate the willingness of faculty in other departments to collaborate for the benefit of our students. Design is a field that requires knowledge of many different disciplines, so it's an invaluable experience for design students to work with people from outside of our department.

Academic Programs and Minors

The Department of Art and Design offers three separate program concentrations and four minors. Any of these options will give you the tools you need to enter the professional world from working in an in-house design firm to setting up your own studio.

Scott Raymon teaches student
Animation and Visual Effects Concentration

Animation and Visual Effects is a versatile and highly in-demand skill set for today’s digital artist. The ever-evolving digital world demands artists that have the ability to critically generate content that is both technical and creative. The generalist approach to the discipline presents graduating students with a wide-range of career opportunities in the entertainment industry.

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Graphic Design Concentration

Through a combination of courses in typography, web design and visual communication, students will learn how to participate in the creative economy.

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Studio Art Concentration

Studio Art graduates gain the skills necessary to implement a concept through technique, material, or a discipline specific strategy. They develop a personal style or vision and execute it across a variety of media, ideas, and creative activities through critical making and critical analysis.

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Printmaking Studio
Art Education Concentration

Art Education is one of the fastest growing fields in the 21st century, and our graduates are successful in finding positions in these areas. Fine artists are able to purse graduate work or are often successful at creating entrepreneurial opportunities for themselves in galleries, as freelance artists, and as owners of small business. The greatest value of an arts education is that it prepares students to solve problems in a creative way.

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Printmaking Studio
Art History Concentration

Art History builds visual skills, critical reasoning, and prepares students for careers in curation in art galleries and museums.

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