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Belmont University (Department of Art)

  • Nashville, TN
    location
  • Private
    type
  • Urban
    setting
  • 60%40%
    student ratio
  • 5,506
    total students
  • $26,100 | $26,100
    in-state tuition | out-of-state tuition
  • August 1
    fall application deadline
  • 79%
    acceptance rate
  • Moderately Difficult
    admission difficulty
  • Average test scores for all first-year students that were accepted and enrolled.
  • 580
    sat math
  • 590
    sat reading
  • Not
    Reported

    sat writing
  • 27
    act composite

Overview

In the Heart of Nashville, Tennessee

Located in Nashville, just a few steps from Music Row, Belmont University is one of the largest private universities in Tennessee. It is dedicated to providing an academically challenging education that enables men and women of diverse backgrounds to engage and transform the world with disciplined intelligence, compassion, courage, and faith. Belmont is large enough to provide a wide array of programs, yet small enough that every individual counts. Its vision is to be a premier teaching university bringing together the best of liberal arts and professional education in a Christian community of learning and service.

The Department of Art is part of the College of Visual and Performing Arts, which includes programs in music, theatre, and dance. The Department of Art provides students with an intensive education in the visual arts in an effort to cultivate their professional, aesthetic, intellectual, spiritual, and personal development. The average class size is 15 per studio and 25 per lecture.

Belmont University Offers a Variety of Art Majors

Design communications is an intensive B.F.A. program that begins during the sophomore year with Intro to Design, an exclusively hands-on course in one of the state-of-the-art graphics labs. In the following years, students progress through the program learning advanced technical and problem-solving skills and building upon the knowledge gained along the way. Typography and Design History are primary courses along with 6 sequential core design courses. Students choose one emphasis area (design administration, studio art, or web development) within the field of design communications. Classes provide exposure to opportunities in the profession, such as corporate work, information design, packaging, and non-profit advocacy.

Studio art provides students with a diverse set to skills to pursue a career in the arts, art-related fields, or graduate schools. Students work closely with an academic adviser and other professors to best plan studies for either a liberal arts B.A. with a minor or a professional B.F.A. degree in Studio Art. The department offers courses and areas of emphasis in drawing, painting, ceramics, sculpture, printmaking, and photography as well as a minor in art history. Each student culminates their experience with a senior exhibition in Gallery 121. Additionally, studio art students have participated in group exhibits at the Frist Center for the Visual Arts, created multimedia painting and sculpture based on designs by Red Grooms and his wife Lysian Luong, and assisted local artist Steve Benneyworth with the installation of his sculpture in front of the Leu Center for the Visual Arts.

Art education is an option for those who intend to teach art at the K-12 levels or in a community arts setting. Along with professional art education courses and a studio curriculum to provide a solid foundation in art practices, students participate in supervised teaching in local schools. During their final semester, students will also prepare an exhibition of their studio work in the annual Art Crawl. All art education students are encouraged to participate in volunteer or intern teaching opportunities at local fine arts institutions and non-profit organizations. Students with a B.F.A. in Art Education from Belmont are fully qualified and prepared for a career as an arts educator. Graduates of this program may choose to pursue graduate studies for teaching positions in higher education and museum education.

Art history is a rich and varied field of study that stimulates the imagination and requires intellectual curiosity. It builds critical thinking and visual literacy skills that help students succeed in a wide range of real world endeavors including business and non-profit sectors. Study of art history provides a solid foundation in the study of visual art and architecture through time and across cultures using a process of investigation that is interdisciplinary in approach. A B.A. in this program is suitable for those who wish to pursue further study at the graduate level and/or a career in museum curatorship or education, galleries, library sciences, art organizations, or publishing.

Student Opportunities

Students can participate in many activities at Belmont University that extend beyond the classroom. The Art Student Council hosts the Senior Art Crawl as well as the annual Juried Student Exhibit with jurors from the design and arts community.

BLVD Studios is a fully student-run design and photography studio, managed and operated entirely by design and photography students who work for clients on and off campus. The BLVD Design Studio won one of 10 people's choice awards at the annual AIGA Nashville SHINE exhibition. Nashville is a very active creative arts and design community, providing a rich environment for practical experience in the form of apprenticeships and internships.

The Leu Art Gallery in the Lila D. Bunch Library hosts a series of exhibitions of professional artists. Students are able to interact with visiting artists at opening receptions and additional presentations.

Belmont student are strongly encouraged to study abroad by spending a summer, semester or year in an intensive language or interdisciplinary program. An array of studio, art history, and design classes are available through study abroad programs. Faculty members from the Department of Art regularly lead study abroad trips to Italy and Greece.


Location & Contact

1900 Belmont Boulevard
Nashville, TN 37212-3757
USA

Mr.David Mee

Associate Provost and Dean of Enrollment

Phone: 615-460-5479
Fax: 615-460-5434
Email: david.mee@belmont.edu

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Majors & Degrees

Degrees Offered
Bachelor's
Associate's
  • Area and ethnic studies
    • Asian Studies
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
    • European Studies
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
  • Biological/life sciences
    • Biochemistry
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
    • Biochemistry and Molecular Biology
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
    • Biology/Biological Sciences
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
    • Neuroscience
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
  • Business/marketing
    • Accounting
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
    • Business Administration and Management
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
    • Business/Commerce
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
    • Business/Managerial Economics
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
    • Entrepreneurship
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
    • Finance
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
    • Hospitality Administration
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
    • International Business/Trade/Commerce
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
    • Management Information Systems
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
    • Management Science
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
    • Marketing/Marketing Management
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
  • Communication technologies
    • Recording Arts Technology
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
  • Communication/Journalism
    • Broadcast Journalism
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
    • Communication and Media Related
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
    • Journalism
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
    • Mass Communication/Media
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
    • Public Relations, Advertising, and Applied Communication
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
    • Public Relations, Advertising, and Applied Communication Related
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
    • Public Relations/Image Management
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
    • Speech Communication and Rhetoric
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
  • Computer and information sciences
    • Computer and Information Sciences
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
    • Computer Programming
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
    • Computer Science
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
    • Information Science/Studies
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
  • Education
    • Art Teacher Education
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
    • Drama and Dance Teacher Education
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
    • Early Childhood Education
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
    • Education
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
    • Elementary Education
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
    • Middle School Education
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
    • Music Teacher Education
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
    • Physical Education Teaching and Coaching
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
    • Secondary Education
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
  • Engineering
    • Engineering Physics/Applied Physics
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
    • Engineering Science
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
    • Systems Engineering
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
  • English
    • English
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
  • Foreign languages and literature
    • Ancient Near Eastern and Biblical Languages
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
    • Classics and Classical Languages
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
    • French
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
    • German
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
    • Spanish
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
  • Health professions and related sciences
    • Clinical Laboratory Science/Medical Technology
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
    • Health/Medical Physics
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
    • Medical Radiologic Technology
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
    • Pharmaceutical Sciences
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
    • Registered Nursing/Registered Nurse
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
  • History
    • History
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
  • Interdisciplinary studies
    • Multi/Interdisciplinary Studies Related
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
  • Liberal arts/general studies
    • Liberal Arts and Sciences/Liberal Studies
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
  • Mathematics and statistics
    • Applied Mathematics
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
    • Applied Mathematics Related
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
    • Mathematics
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
  • Natural resources/environmental science
    • Environmental Science
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
  • Parks and recreation
    • Health and Physical Education/Fitness
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
    • Kinesiology and Exercise Science
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
  • Philosophy and religious studies
    • Philosophy
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
    • Religious Studies
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
    • Religious Studies Related
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
  • Physical sciences
    • Chemistry
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
    • Chemistry Related
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
    • Physics
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
  • Psychology
    • Psychology
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
  • Public administration and social services
    • Social Work
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
  • Social sciences
    • International Economics
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
    • International Relations and Affairs
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
    • Political Science and Government
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
    • Political Science and Government Related
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
    • Sociology
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
  • Theology and religious vocations
    • Biblical Studies
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
    • Divinity/Ministry
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
    • Theology and Religious Vocations Related
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
  • Visual and performing arts
    • Acting
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
    • Art
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
    • Art History, Criticism and Conservation
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
    • Arts, Entertainment, and Media Management
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
    • Arts, Entertainment, and Media Management Related
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
    • Cinematography and Film/Video Production
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
    • Design and Visual Communications
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
    • Directing and Theatrical Production
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
    • Dramatic/Theater Arts
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
    • Fine/Studio Arts
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
    • Music
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
    • Music Management
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
    • Music Related
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
    • Music Theory and Composition
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
    • Theater Design and Technology
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
    • Voice and Opera
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.

Admissions

79% of applicants are admitted.
  • Acceptance Rate
    • Applied5,111
    • Accepted4,082
    • Acceptance Rate79%
    • Enrolled5,506
    • Female Applicants3,407
    • Females Accepted2,754
    • Female Acceptance Rate80%
    • Male Applicants1,704
    • Males Accepted1,328
    • Male Acceptance Rate77%
  • Applying
    • Application Fee
    • Required for All Essay or personal statement
      Transcript of high school record
      Letter(s) of recommendation
      Minimum high school GPA of 3
      resume of activities
    • Required for Some Interview
    • Average high school GPA for first-year freshman3.55
  • Application Deadlines
    • Type Application Closing Notification Date Rolling Admissions
    • Fall freshmen August 1st --
    • Out-of-state Fall freshmen Not Reported
    • Early decision plan Not Reported
    • Other early decision plan Not Reported
    • Transfer August 1st --
  • Test Scores Accepted
    • Test Average School Accepted 25th Percentile* 75th Percentile*
    • SAT Critical Reading 590 540 640
    • SAT Math 580 530 630
    • SAT Writing
    • ACT Composite 27 24 29
    • * 25th and 75th percentile is the score that 25/75 percent of students score at or below.

Tuition & Fees

  • Tuition
    • In-state tuition *$26,100
    • Out-of-state tuition *$26,100
    • In-district tuitionN/A
    • * Tuition costs are based on a full academic year typically extending from September to June.
  • Fees
    • Full-time student fees$1,280.00
    • Room and board *$10,000.00
    • Room only *$5,650.00
    • * Room and board charges vary according to board plan selected (i.e., 12-meal plan, 19-meal plan, etc.) and student level (freshman, sophomore, etc.)
  • Other Payment Considerations
    • Guaranteed tuition plan offeredNo
    • Tuition pre-payment planNo
    • Tuition payment plans offeredDeferred paymentsDeferred payments and Installments
    • Student groups that qualify for full or partial waiver of tuitionEmployees or children of employees, Senior Citizens

Student Body

  • Gender
    • Total Undergraduate Students5,506
    • Male Student Percentage40%
    • Female Student Percentage60%
  • Ethnicity
    • Hispanic/Latino4.25%
    • Black or African American4.09%
    • White or Caucasian81.86%
    • American Indian or Alaska Native.24%
    • Asian1.6%
    • Native Hawaiian or other Pacific Islander.04%
    • Two or more races3.23%
    • Unknown3.74%
  • Other Student Statistics
    • International Breakout.96% representing 21 other countries
    • Out-of-state Students63% out-of-state student

Campus Life

  • Housing
    • College-owned housing available Yes
    • Housing Requirements None
    • Housing options Female-only housing, Male-only housing
    • Percentage of undergraduate students who live in college-owned housing 50%
  • Student Activities
    • Student-run campus newspaper Yes
    • Drama / theater group Yes
    • Student-run radio station Yes
    • Student-run television station Yes
    • Marching band Yes
    • Choral groups Yes
  • Student Services
    • Legal services No
    • Health clinic Yes
    • Personal / psychological counseling Yes
    • Women's center Yes
  • Student Organizations
    • Greek fraternities Yes
    • Greek sororities Yes
    • Local fraternities No
    • Local sororities No
    • Other organizations Not Reported
    • Most popular organizations Service Corp, Alpha Sigma Tau, Phi Mu, Phi Kappa Tau, MOB
  • Campus Security and Safety
    • 24-hour emergency telephone / alarm services Yes
    • 24-hour patrols by trained officers Yes
    • Students patrols Not Reported
    • Late-night transport / escort services Yes
    • Electronically-operated dormitory entrances Yes
    • Other bicycle patrol

Athletics

Member of the: NCAA Division I
  • Men's Sports
    • Sport Intramural Intercollegiate Scholarship
    • Baseball Yes Division 1 Yes
    • Basketball Yes Division 1 Yes
    • Bowling Yes No No
    • Cheerleading Yes No No
    • Cross-country running No Division 1 Yes
    • Football Yes No No
    • Golf Yes Division 1 Yes
    • Ice hockey Yes No No
    • Racquetball Yes No No
    • Soccer Yes Division 1 Yes
    • Softball Yes No No
    • Tennis Yes Division 1 Yes
    • Tennis Yes No No
    • Track No Division 1 Yes
    • Volleyball Yes No No
  • Women's Sports
    • Sport Intramural Intercollegiate Scholarship
    • Baseball No No No
    • Basketball Yes Division 1 Yes
    • Bowling Yes No No
    • Cheerleading Yes No No
    • Cross-country running No Division 1 Yes
    • Football No No No
    • Golf No Division 1 Yes
    • Ice hockey Yes No No
    • Racquetball Yes No No
    • Soccer Yes Division 1 Yes
    • Softball Yes Division 1 Yes
    • Tennis Yes Division 1 Yes
    • Tennis Yes No No
    • Track No Division 1 Yes
    • Volleyball Yes Division 1 Yes

Faculty

  • Faculty Breakout
    • Total Faculty735
    • Full-time Percentage45%
    • Part-time Percentage55%
    • Female Percentage55%
    • Male Percentage45%
    • Student:Faculty Ratio13:1 or 5,247 students to 418 faculty


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