“The size and complexity of the department has increased to a point that they exceed the boundaries of a typical department,” said Dr. Joe Thomas, who headed the former department and will run the new school. “The School of Art and Design makes up more than half of the student population in the College of the Arts. Our new designation as a school demonstrates the scale and professionalism of our programs.”
The change was needed in light of the former department’s recent growth, Thomas said. The number of art majors increased by 70 percent between 2004 and 2009, far outstripping the average growth of 25 percent, according to KSU.
The new school will offer four degrees: a Bachelor of Fine Arts in art, a Bachelor of Arts in art history, a Bachelor of Science in art education and a Master of Arts in Teaching Art.
“All of us in the school appreciate the support of College of the Arts Dean Joseph Meeks, Provost Ken Harmon and President Dan Papp for making this change possible,” Thomas said.