Arkansas State University-Main Campus
About Arkansas State University-Main Campus
The main campus of Arkansas State University is located in Jonesboro, Arkansas. The university provides cultural and educational services to the community. On campus there arelecture and concert series as well as ASU Department of Theatre's musical and theatrical productions. Within the university's Dean B. Ellis library visitors will find the ASU Museum, with exhibits celebrating natural history and cultural heritage with an emphasis on the Mississippi River Delta region. Those with interest in the region's history may also tour the only remaining Arkansas plantation home on the Mississippi River at Lakeport Plantation House.
The Bachelor of Science in digital media and design is available with a chosen concentration in design, communications, or critical thinking. Available courses include visual thinking, introduction to digital design, and a seminar in digital media and design. This a multi-disciplinary degree featuring courses in the College of Communications and the College of Fine Arts. Students are required to take courses in communications and in fine arts while having the opportunity to select elective courses reflecting their special interests.
The Bachelor of Fine Arts in graphic design program includes prerequisite general education requirements and required courses that include drawing, design, art history, painting, printmaking, ceramics, and sculpture. Also required are five levels of graphic design courses and a graphic design internship. Students must also present a portfolio of work for graduation.
The Bachelor of Fine Arts in studio art also includes required courses in art history, drawing, design, painting, printmaking, ceramics, and sculpture. Students choose a studio art emphasis of drawing/painting, printmaking, photography, ceramics, or sculpture. A senior exhibition is required before graduation. Students may opt to complete a Bachelor of Arts in studio art instead, which includes a language requirement but reduces the studio art requirement and allows students to fill out their educations with hours in any electives they choose.
Students in the Department of Theatre may also choose either a Bachelor of Fine Arts or a Bachelor of Arts degree in design technology. In fine arts, students must complete the theatre department core requirement including introduction to theatre, beginning acting, directing, six semesters of theatre lab, and a Senior Project. The chosen emphasis in Design Technology includes courses such as Principles of Design, Voice and Movement, and History of Costumes. For the arts program, the core requirement is reduced, including only two semesters of theatre lab and no senior project. The design requirement is also reduced, with students choosing scene design, stage costume design, stage lighting, or sound design and production as an emphasis.
Within the College of Communications, ASU offers a Bachelor of Science degree in journalism with a photojournalism emphasis. Required courses include mass communications, news writing, and communications law and ethics, plus reporting. After that students who choose the photojournalism emphasis will complete courses in that field such as photography, news editing, and photojournalism.
ASU offers one art-related graduate degree, a Master of Arts in art. Applicants seeking admission must possess a B.F.A. in art or art education or a B.S.E. in art education, a portfolio of 20 slides, three letters of recommendation, and a writing sample. There is no set plan of study for this degree; it is based upon the goals and needs of the individual candidate.
ASU maintains a Financial Aid & Scholarships office to assist students seeking or applying for scholarships and/or financial aid. Offered scholarships include ASU Institutional Scholarships, privately funded Scholarships, and the Challenge Scholarship for incoming freshmen.
Arkansas State University is fully accredited by the Higher Learning Commission as well as 18 specialized accrediting organizations. The university's reputation is that of a quality regional institution of higher education. It is the only comprehensive public university located in the Arkansas Delta region. The campus offers cultural enrichment and social activities. The university prides itself on educating leaders, enhancing intellectual growth, and enriching lives.