The Department of Art promotes the creative development of students whose interests and talents lead them toward careers in the visual arts, fashion design, and fashion merchandising while contributing to the cultural enrichment of the University community.
The Department sponsors visiting artists, designers, and industry professionals.
The mission of the Department of Art is to prepare the next generation of professionals with marketable skills in visual and graphic art communication, fashion design and merchandising through creative projects and active engagement opportunities with professionals in the field.
The Department of Art will empower a diverse student body with knowledge, specific competencies, state-of-the-art technological and hands-on training necessary for careers in the field of visual communication and the fashion industry around the world.
The Bachelor of Arts Degree in Art with General Studio Concentration curricula is designed to encourage intellectual development and growth as well as to develop marketable skills of students interested in preparing for work in art and arts related management and education options. Graduates of this program will have the content knowledge to pursue advanced graduate level study in painting, sculpture, printmaking, and photography or teaching K-12.
The Bachelor of Arts Degree in Art with Advertising Design Concentration curricula is to prepare students intending to enter art industry to pursue careers in a wide array of visual communications areas including advertising art direction, design and illustration for digital and print products, web design, graphic design, photography, and studio production.
The minor in Art provides non-majors with the opportunity to explore artistic media, techniques and basic art concepts. Coursework can include aspects of art appreciation, aesthetics, art history and studio experience.
The Atlanta University Center Collective or AUC Art Collective for the Study of Art History & Curatorial Studies is an initiative that, over the course of the next decade and beyond, will position the Atlanta University Center as the leading incubator of African-American museum and art world professionals in the United States and abroad. The program is available to students from Spelman College, Morehouse College and Clark Atlanta University who desire degrees art history and curatorial studies. This innovative undergraduate program offers a dynamic new curriculum that makes use of the Spelman College Museum of Fine Arts, Clark Atlanta University Art Museum, and the strong liberal arts programs on all three campuses. Program currently offered are the Art History major, and minors in Art History and Curatorial Studies. More information can be found here.
The Bachelor of Arts Degree in Fashion with Fashion Design Concentration focuses on training students to develop apparel for various markets in keeping with creative, technical, and economic factors of the fashion world as well as emphasizes on the creative aspects of designing and developing merchandise for manufacturers, wholesalers and retailers. The program prepares students for entering the apparel industry as apparel designers, costume designers for theatre, assistant fashion stylists/wardrobes, fashion coordinators, production managers, product developers, computer-aided design specialists, merchandisers, findings/trimming buyers, fabric buyers, showroom sales representatives and entrepreneurs.
The Bachelor of Arts Degree in Fashion with Merchandising Concentration prepares students through structured learning processes to understand industry innovations, challenging careers, current trends, and the impact of globalization, technological advances and the expansion of designers into new and broader categories. The merchandising concentration covers both the retailers and manufacturers needs for merchandisers and product developers. Merchandising reflects the planning, organizational, and sales aspects of the fashion business. Students learn how to merchandise apparel products and how to develop planning modules. They will understand target markets and how to develop promotional plans for various products and events to meet the goals of a successful business. The opportunities for employment are varied and depend upon the student’s interests and abilities. Careers are available in retailing as buyer, planner, manager, fashion coordinator, market researcher; in promotion ad display coordinator, public relations director, advertising manager; in wholesaling as manufacturing representative, showroom sales associate, and in apparel and textile manufacturing as sales associate, piece goods buyer, merchandising manager, market research; in publications as Fashion Stylist, advertising manager, fashion editor.
The minor in Fashion Design provides students with the opportunity to explore artistic media, techniques and basic art concepts. Coursework can include aspects of computer imaging, history of costume, construction and studio experience.
The minor in Merchandising provides students with the opportunity to explore concepts and professional practices related to the retail industry. Coursework includes aspects of merchandising, promotions, and retail management.