Southeastern visual arts program receives accreditation
by: Rene Abadie
HAMMOND – Southeastern Louisiana University's visual arts program has received full-member accreditation status by the National Association of Schools of Art and Design.
The accreditation means the Southeastern program meets specific national criteria following a non-governmental system of academic review that include an evaluation and independent judgment by peers, explained Ken Boulton, interim head of the Department of Fine and Performing Arts.
"Accreditation is considered a seal of approval," he said. "It follows a process of self-assessment of how well a program meets NASAD criteria and a site visit by a team of peers who independently review the program."
Southeastern is among approximately 320 programs in the nation to be accredited by NASAD. The program provides a comprehensive curriculum that integrates artistic study within a liberal arts education. Graduates typically pursue careers as professional artists, museum and gallery professionals, and graphic designers.
The program offers degrees or concentrations in art education, art history, printmaking, sculpture, ceramics, graphic design, drawing, painting, photography and new media and animation, which has been cited over the past two years among the best in the South by "Animation and Career Review."