Southern Adventist University - Collegedale, TN | Tennessee Schools with Design Programs | Graphic Design

Southern Adventist University

School Summary
4881 Taylor Cir
Collegedale, TN 37315
(423) 236-2000
Degree Type:
One but less than two years certificate; Associate's degree; Bachelor's degree; Master's degree; Post-master's certificate; Doctor's degree - professional practice
Campus Setting:
Suburb: Large
Campus Housing:

About Southern Adventist University

Southern Adventist University is a Christian, faith-based liberal arts university with 2,500 students, located in the Tennessee River Valley in Collegedale, Tennessee. The town of 6,500 is within an easy drive of Chattanooga, and therefore can provide the safety, low cost of living, and friendliness of a small town, with nearby access to all the conveniences of a city. Collegedale is only minutes from three major interstates and the Chattanooga Metropolitan Airport. Chattanooga is home to the Houston Museum of Decorative Arts, the Hunter Museum of Art, and a number of art galleries, art cafes, as well as art supply stores.

Southern Adventist University was founded in 1892 as Graysville Academy. In 1944 the school became accredited as a four-year institution. In 1996, trustees voted to seek university status for the college, and the first graduate courses were offered that same year. The degree in visual art and design was added in the late 1990s.

Southern Adventist University's School of Visual Art and Design offers the BS in graphic design, animation design, and multimedia design. The department's primary goal is to develop students' individual creativity, commitment, and portfolio. Each student's portfolio is reviewed each year to assist in student development and to guide optimal growth. The graphic design program prepares students to enter the professional practice of design, drawing from traditional methods of instruction such as art history and design history as well as computer applications. The program places an emphasis on creativity, problem solving, and a disciplined approach.

The animation design program is designed for students who plan to pursue a career in computer animation, and focuses on drawing, the fundamentals of motion, 3D design, and collaborative work. Expected outcomes include the development of the required working skills to pursue careers in visual effects, videogame art, and commercial animation. Two concentrations are offered: character animation and effects animation.

The multimedia design major prepares students to design and create interactive, multimedia experiences. Following introductory courses in design, students go on to develop advanced skills with digital tools used by industry professionals. The program trains students to prepare for careers in Web development, serious games, dynamic sound synthesis, multimedia CD ROMs, 2D and 3D simulations, immersive environments, and virtual communications.

Southern Adventist University offers students a variety of opportunities to receive scholarships and awards. The Freshman Academic Scholarship is based on a combination of the student¡¦s ACT score and cumulative high school GPA. Other qualifications must be met for the scholarship and prospective students are encouraged to contact the University financial aid office early in their college search to learn about the Freshman Academic Scholarship and other available awards. Federal, state, University, community, and parochial scholarships are available to qualified enrolled students. Academic, career, and personal counseling are provided to students at no additional charge. Southern Adventist is accredited by the Commission on Colleges of the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools to award one-year certificates, associate degrees, baccalaureate degrees, and master¡¦s degrees. It is also accredited by the Accrediting Association of Seventh-day Adventist Schools, Colleges, and Universities.

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