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Visual Arts program gains national accreditation

Contact: Christina Chapple


     HAMMOND – Southeastern Louisiana University’s visual arts program has been accredited for the maximum five years by the National Association of Schools of Art and Design (NASAD).

     The announcement means that every degree program at Southeastern required or recommended by the State Board of Regents to achieve national discipline-specific accreditation has been reached said Tammy Bourg, interim provost and vice president for academic affairs.

     NASAD accreditation means that the program meets nationally established curricular standards and guidelines for degree programs. The association is recognized by the U.S. Department of Education as the agency responsible for accreditation of all art and design curricula. Only about 280 programs out of 1,600 in the nation are accredited institutional members of the association.

     “In practical terms, accreditation is a national stamp of approval by a non-governmental agency that our art program ascribes to and meets or exceeds a determined set of nationally-established criteria for the programs we offer,” said Bourg.

     Interim Dean of the College of Arts, Humanities and Social Studies Bryan DePoy said the accreditation followed a comprehensive self-study and site visit by an independent team of peer examiners. The process confirms that the program meets its educational objectives and academic standards.

     He said Southeastern’s Department of Visual Arts has more than 450 students majoring in its 10 program concentrations. The department, headed by Dennis Sipiorski offers degrees in art education, history, ceramics, digital art, digital design, drawing, painting, photography, printmaking and sculpture.

     For more information on the Department of Visual Arts, call 985-549-2193.

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