Cumberland University


Areas of emphasis include:

  • Painting
  • Sculpture
  • Entertainment Design
  • Digital Photography
  • Studio Art
  • Art Education (K-12) Teacher Licensure

Our Bachelor of Fine Arts (B.F.A.) degree program provides students with a means to develop their technical and creative potential, while learning to express themselves as diverse and informed artists. Students in the Art Department are given instruction in various classes from the basics of drawing to higher level art disciplines. We have one of the very few Neon classes in the Eastern United States. Each semester, our graduating students have a solo show in our Adams Gallery. There are opportunities for internships with professional artists and companies around Middle Tennessee. Because we have a low ratio of students to faculty, we are able to offer the student individualized instruction and we take full advantage of the art venues Nashville has to offer.

Students pursuing the B.F.A. take a series of art foundation courses as freshmen and sophomores; then specialize in one of several areas. Course options within the traditional visual arts include include Painting, Sculpture, and Studio Art. Along with Studio Art, an option is available for additional coursework leading to Art Education (K-12) Teacher Licensure. Studio art courses in glass are also available.

Students can also pursue new media oriented digital areas such as Digital Photography or Entertainment Design - with a course of study unique to the Nashville area. In addition to traditional and computer studies in art and design, Entertainment Design students also pursue coursework in areas such as music technology, theatre essentials, and time-based media, with options for related studies such as business or cinema studies. Students are encouraged to pursue internships, in order to begin to experience the workplace and make contacts within their fields of interest.

Degree Programs:

  • Bachelor of Arts
  • Art & Design (BFA)
  • Concentrations in specific areas are available 


  • (multiple levels in each)
  • Drawing
  • Painting
  • 2-D Design
  • 3-D Design
  • Photography
  • Graphic Design
  • Ceramics
  • Neon
  • Art History
  • Mixed Media
  • Sculpture
  • Portfolio/Senior Seminar
  • Historical Processes in Photography 

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