Official Department of Art Mission Statement
The Department of Art is accredited by the National Association of Schools of Art
and Design and by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools. This accreditation
has been in place since 1981.
In today's complex and changing art and design worlds, it is very important to find
a comprehensive program that will meet your multi-faceted educational needs as well
as your personal and professional objectives.
The U of M Department of Art provides depth of choice, successful professional faculty,
challenging programs, and a supportive environment. Flexibility is a given and course
offerings are many.
Although The U of M is a major Mid-South university, you'll be treated as a unique
individual in our art department. In other words, you'll get to know your teachers
and fellow students, and a faculty advisor from your major discipline will meet with
you individually to help guide your studies.
Once you are here, you'll discover the boundaries of art disciplines blur as you engage
in contemporary issues, ideas, and new technologies. You may start out as a painter,
later get excited about sculpture, and then, after taking a course in digital multimedia,
integrate all three in an interactive video sculpture in our art museum. The discovery
In this light, the goal of the Department of Art is to educate the total artist within
the cultural atmosphere of a major university. We seek motivated and talented students,
and we challenge them to explore with passion so they may become leaders in art and
This is a place where imagination is ignited and potential is realized. It's a place
where career development is stressed to help create every opportunity for professional
At The University of Memphis, art students seek their own vision both simply and directly.
It's all about discovering your individuality and seeking new perspectives, not in
isolation, but in relation to your professional goals and the world around you. Importantly,
it's about gaining confidence and taking risks in a supportive environment wherein
individuality is the expected and acceptable norm.
The challenges of the changing multidimensional art and design worlds result in our
continual dedication to the reshaping of our programs. This insures the Department
of Art's responsiveness to expanding student needs and the education of the whole
person. To be successful, today's artists, designers, educators, and art historians
need the holistic, forward thinking education that our comprehensive university can
We hope you will discover the significant advantages The University of Memphis Department
of Art provides. Please visit our campus and spend time with our students and faculty.
It's easy to arrange, and it would be our pleasure to show you around.