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Art and Fashion

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.

Mission Statement

Building on the legacy of Hale Woodruff; the mission of the Department of Art is to educate and prepare students as creative artists, fashion designers, and industry merchandising professionals for entrance into visual communications, liberal arts, and various cultural industries.   Our diverse community of faculty and students value inclusivity bringing commitment to exploring the study of art and design as it relates to historical context, social engagement, cultural diversity, and innovation for the benefit of society.

Vision Statement

The Department of Art will be acknowledged as a leader in pioneering innovative, culturally socially aware graduates dedicated to transforming society through the use of independent thinking, visual communications, history of cultures, research, merchandising, and fashion design. 

Academic Programs

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.

Clark Atlanta University was ranked #7 in "Top 10 Fashion Design Schools in the South" 2019 ranking by The ranking can be viewed here.

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.

Clark Atlanta University was ranked #18 in "Top 20 Private Fashion Merchandising Schools" 2019 ranking by The ranking can be viewed here

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.

Art and Fashion Location
Department of Art and Fashion
Oglethorpe Hall
63 Walnut Street SW
Atlanta, GA 30314

Phone: 404-880-8122