Carson-Newman College - Jefferson City, TN | Tennessee Schools with Design Programs | Graphic Design

Carson-Newman College

School Summary
1646 S Russell Ave
Jefferson City, TN 37760
(865) 471-2000
Degree Type:
Associate's degree; Bachelor's degree; Master's degree; Post-master's certificate; Doctor's degree - research/scholarship
Campus Setting:
Suburb: Small
Campus Housing:

About Carson-Newman College

Carson-Newman College is located in Jefferson City in eastern Tennessee, about twenty miles northeast of Knoxville in the foothills of the Great Smoky Mountains. Jefferson City provides a small town atmosphere, but it has all the amenities provided by Knoxville, Pigeon Forge, and Gatlinburg just a short drive from campus. Additionally, students are close to Cherokee Lake and Douglas Lake, two TVA operated recreational facilities with excellent opportunities for sports and fishing, camping and recreational watercraft. The mountains offer equally great venues for hiking and camping.

The Art Department at Carson-Newman College is full of energetic artists and scholars. The college offers a BA degrees in either art or photography, and both degrees are steeped in traditional fine art foundations within a four-year liberal arts program. Carson-Newman has been an an institutional member of the National Association of Schools of Art and Design since 1992, so students can be assured that this art department meets national standards of quality.

Art majors at Carson-Newman may choose an emphasis area of drawing and painting, teaching, or graphic design. Photography majors do not declare an emphasis area, but many students choose courses in fine art photography, photojournalism, and commercial photography. Both majors require students to acquire traditional basic art-making skills, and then allow for considerable individual exploration at upper levels of study.

C-N Art majors attend studio classes in the Warren Art Building, which includes two art galleries, student studios, black and white and color darkrooms, a Mac computer design lab, classrooms, and faculty offices. The art faculty includes active professionals who have published and/or exhibited their works, and/or have won awards at the state, regional and national levels. Art and photography students participate in monthly exhibits in the Student Gallery and Art and they also have opportunities to gain experience through art assistantships for credit or pay through College Work Study.

Carson-Newman offers competitive scholarships to qualified full-time, traditional, first time degree-seeking, undergraduate students. Once a student is accepted to C-N, the student can qualify for a C-N Grant. The C-N Grant is based on a student's GPA from a previous high school and/or college. These monies are in addition to scholarships and loans offer at the Federal and state levels.

C-N's art department maintains a separate Web site where prospective students can find information about courses, faculty, special events and more. Visit this site to view galleries and to learn about what the school's art alumni are doing. This site provides an excellent way to learn more about what to expect from Carson Newman College.

Jefferson County, in Northeastern Tennessee, is nestled between two beautiful lakes and the Great Smoky Mountains and is home to Carson-Newman College in Jefferson City. The college offers a Christian, liberal arts education that encourages open intellectual inquiry and deeper spiritual maturity. The county has shoreline on two of the largest lakes in TN, with Cherokee Lake on the northern county border and Douglas Lake on the southern border. Both lakes have several access areas, boat docks, marinas, campgrounds, and parks, where visitors can find abundant opportunities for fishing, boating, skiing, camping, and swimming. The county also has four golf courses featuring picturesque scenery. Equestrians will find a home at River Glen Equestrian Park, which features training, trails, and a full calendar of events throughout the year. History lovers can visit the restored nineteenth-century Glenmore Mansion. Dining options range from fine dining to casual and fast food options.

The art department at Carson-Newman College offers the BA in art or photography, with an optional concentration in graphic design. Coursework in the graphic design concentration include computer graphics, digital imaging, graphic design, interactive media, and a practicum at the Visual Communication Center (VCC), where seniors create and produce campus and community projects. The VCC serves a variety of illustrative, photographic, and graphic design needs through printed and/or interactive media. Budgeting, client communication, and digital/print supervision are included as student responsibilities.

The College offers a variety of activities for students on campus. Student clubs and organizations include professional, social, and interest groups. An active intramural program offers approximately forty events annually for student participation. Team sports range from basketball and softball to "Family Feud" and "Spades." Carson-Newman is also one of the top NCAA colleges in the country, having won six national championships, two South Atlantic Conference Excellence Awards, and has participated in ten National Championship games over the past seven years. Football players have gone on to play professional football. Academic, career, and personal counseling are available to enrolled students at no charge. Federal, state, and College financial aid in the form of grants, loans, and work-study is available for students who apply and qualify for assistance. Additionally, state and College scholarships are available on a merit and needs-based basis.

Carson-Newman College is accredited regionally by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools, Commission on Colleges.

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Source: Integrated Postsecondary Education Data System (IPEDS) 2018-19, National Center for Education Statistics,