The Tennessee Tech College of Fine Arts is home to the School of Music and the School of Art, Craft & Design, which has its own satellite campus, the Appalachian Center for Craft. As a student, you will receive personalized instruction from our esteemed faculty and visiting artists. Art history courses and critical discussions further contribute to students' understanding of the important role that artists play in society. Through visual arts experiences, students can develop their creative potential, learn design skills and processes, acquire cultural knowledge and develop critical skills.
At Tennessee Tech, you can hone your talent and prepare for a successful career in the field of studio art, design, fine craftsmanship, or become an art educator. The college's art education courses also explore contemporary topics such as arts-based research, community participation, emerging digital technologies, social justice, STEAM education, visual culture studies and more. The mission of the Appalachian Center for Craft is to promote excellence in American craftsmanship by teaching both tradition and innovation in professional studio craftsmanship and encouraging access to craft education, craft artists, crafts and events of the highest quality in a community art context. A unique feature of the School of Art, Craft & Design is the Appalachian Center for Craft.
Located in Smithville, Tennessee, it is dedicated to promoting excellence in American craftsmanship by teaching tradition and innovation in professional studio crafts and encouraging access to craft education, craft artists, works of crafts and the highest quality events in a community art context. Tennessee Tech Art Education offers innovative courses and diverse experiences for students seeking careers as educators and arts professionals in a variety of locations. The Bachelor of Arts in Studio Arts provides students with extensive knowledge of a variety of artistic forms and practices, along with academic research in other disciplines to help them succeed professionally in the future by developing their ability to navigate the growing interdisciplinary landscape of current artistic careers. This program is based on national and Tennessee standards in the field of visual arts and reflects the Tennessee Tech College of Education's conceptual framework for preparing “competent and caring professionals” for a diverse technological society.
The Bachelor of Science in Studio Arts aims to reflect a contemporary, broad and interdisciplinary artistic approach, preparing students for numerous possible directions in the visual arts, crafts, design or other fields of study.