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Columbus State expects to offer new degree program that prepares artists for workforce

Posted August 20, 2015    


Columbus State expects to offer new degree program that prepares artists for workforce

By MARK RICE [email protected]

Columbus State University is one step away from offering a new degree program designed to prepare art majors for the workforce.

The University System of Georgia has endorsed CSU's request to add a bachelor's degree in art. The university's art department will pursue final approval from its accrediting organization, the National Association of Schools of Arts and Design, and expects to begin admitting students into the new program immediately afterward, CSU announced in a news release.

CSU already offers a Bachelor of Fine Arts, which prepares students in more specialized fields. The new Bachelor of Arts with a major in art comprises a balance of studio art and liberal arts study. The program is structured to prepare students for careers as graphic designers, professional artists, multimedia artists, art directors, archivists and museum professionals, as well as graduate school.

"This is an exciting opportunity for our program to further meet the challenges of preparing students to succeed in the creative arts of the exploding digital media environment," Richard Baxter, dean of CSU's College of the Arts, said in the release. "We expect this new degree to increase enrollment in art by attracting new students and better retaining existing students."

Georgia's creative industries employee more than 200,000 people and generate $29 billion in economic activity, according to the Georgia Council for the Arts. Graduates from CSU's new art program will have enhanced creative inquiry, critical thinking and problem-solving skills, which are necessary to compete in the global marketplace, Baxter said.

Mark Rice706-576-6272. Follow him on [email protected]


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