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Art and design programs earn national accreditation

Art and design programs earn national accreditation

The National Association of Schools of Art and Design (NASAD) has approved UMHB’s College of Visual and Performing Arts and its undergraduate art and design programs for national accreditation. The decision culminates a two-year review process by the organization, which has been responsible for establishing national standards for education programs in art and design since its founding in 1944. UMHB will join 346 institutions accredited by NASAD across the U.S. The review process included an onsite visit last fall, during which evaluators spent three days on campus interviewing faculty and students, looking over academic requirements, visiting classes, and inspecting UMHB’s recently constructed Baugh Center for the Visual Arts.

“This is a major accomplishment that will be beneficial for the UMHB Department of Art as we continue to attract students who desire the best instruction as they seek to fulfill their creative potential,” said Ted Barnes, dean of the College of Visual and Performing Arts. “The acknowledgement that our programs and facilities meet this high standard is extremely gratifying. This accomplishment is a tribute to the leadership of art department chair Hershall Seals, the hard work of the art faculty and staff who were involved in the application effort, and to the sustaining support of the administration.”