Accreditation from NASAD and SACS
Texas A&M University-Commerce and the Department of Art are fully accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools (SACS). Through the Department of Art, Texas A&M University-Commerce is also an accredited institution of the National Association of Schools of Art and Design (NASAD). NASAD accreditation ensures that the degrees, curricula, and faculty of the department meet rigorous national standards of breadth and quality.
The Department of Art offers a comprehensive undergraduate curriculum in the visual arts leading to the degrees of Bachelor of Arts and Bachelor of Fine Arts. Subsequent acceptance into the graduate program allows students to pursue the degrees of Master of Arts or Master of Fine Arts. Majors receive broad-based instruction in the foundation areas and proceed through increasingly specialized programs of study that emphasize personal concepts and technical refinement.
The general objectives of graduate study in art include: (1) the refinement of technical skills in chosen studio areas; (2) the development of a critical understanding of one’s own art in its historical, theoretical, and conceptual context; and (3) the mastery of communication skills both in practice and in teaching. These objectives are achieved through a close working relationship among students and faculty, wherein a student may pursue a course of study designed for his or her particular educational goals.