Academies of higher learning play a special role in art and art history. Universities teach new artists how to create and act as an important authority to the general public. While this authority is not universally accepted, the footprint is measurable even in cases of protest.
A 01 Alabama Agricultural and Mechanical University:4900 Meridian Street North
Normal, AL 35762
a) Degrees: BFA concentrations available in Art Education, Graphic Design, and Studio Art.Their graduate program only offers a Master of Science in Art Education
b)Faculty: Six Instructors listed on staff.
c) Relationship to other schools: The art department is located within Alabama A&M University’s College of Education, Humanities, and Behavioral Sciences. The MFA’s gathered by instructors include from these schools: Louisiana State University, Austin State University, University of Alabama, University of Miami, School of the Art Institute of Chicago, and the Memphis College of Art
e) Galleries:The Morrison Art Gallery displays works of former graduates. The art gallery is open Monday-Friday from 8 a.m.-5 p.m.
f) Technological Fluency: There are two classes on digital techniques outside the graphic design course load also offered.
g) Important Notes: This art department is organized within a program that includes Communication Arts, Performing Arts, and Visual Arts. Significant is the fact that the chair of this department, Dr. Horace Carney’s expertise is music. There is a focus on art education over studio art, as well. This school is historically black school and is affiliated with the Thurgood Marshall College Fund.
h) Quotes: “Through courses in literature, language, music, art and film, students are exposed to a variety of modes that humans, through history and space, have used to express their tragedies, their triumphs and their aspirations, with the end to make them appreciate humanity’s diverse cultures and heritage.”
i)Criticism: Students seem to value their professor’s effort, but are somewhat dissatisfied by the infrastructure and facilities of the campus. According to information posted on studentsreview.com
The methodology for selection involves the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges (SACSCOC) current assessments. These assessments include a school's highest degree offered. In most cases this list values schools which offer Master's Degrees in field of Studio Art, but in some special cases those who offer only Bachelor's Degrees are also mentioned. The North Central Association of Colleges and Schools (NCAHLC) is referenced in the unique case of Arkansas, which for our purposes is included in this list of Southern schools.
For more information on accreditation policies please consult the Carnegie Classification of Institutions of Higher Education. This list strives to be inclusive and comprehensive while still being selective and meaningful.
h: North Carolina
i: South Carolina
m: West Virginia