The University of Tennessee - Knoxville, TN | Tennessee Schools with Design Programs | Graphic Design

The University of Tennessee

School Summary
527 Andy Holt Tower
Knoxville, TN 37996
(865) 974-1000
Degree Type:
Bachelor's degree; Postbaccalaureate certificate; Master's degree; Doctor's degree - research/scholarship; Doctor's degree - professional practice
Campus Setting:
City: Midsize
Campus Housing:

About The University of Tennessee

Knoxville, Tennessee is home to the University of Tennessee. The city has much to offer visitors and residents alike. Knoxville boasts its own symphony, opera, and ballet companies, as well as a host of theaters and other live music and performance venues. History buffs and culture mavens will appreciate Haley Heritage Square (in honor of Roots author Alex Haley) and the nineteenth-century Armstrong-Lockett House, which contains a collection of eighteenth-century American and European furniture and decorative arts. The Beck Cultural Exchange Center features the history of African-Americans in Knoxville, and a self-guided downtown Cradle of Country Music walking tour highlights the beginnings of country music in Knoxville. Additionally, a wide range of historic sites and museums are located in Knoxville, covering Colonial, nineteenth-century, Civil War, and twentieth-century local and regional history. The city maintains a lively visual arts community, featuring a number of galleries and the Knoxville Museum of Art. The city rests on the banks of the Tennessee River and in the foothills of the Great Smoky Mountains. Most activities may be enjoyed year round, thanks to Knoxville's temperate climate zone. Boating, fishing, hiking, biking, and more await the visitor in a number of parks and recreational centers. Knoxville lives up to its musical heritage each night at the many nightclubs in the historic Old City and Market Square areas, and live music every weekday at One Vision Plaza in downtown Knoxville. Outdoor concerts and movies keep Market Square hopping in spring, summer, and fall. Throughout the city and area visitors can find specialty shops and super-stores, open-air markets and intimate galleries. Dining options are plentiful. Savor the flavors of classic Southern cooking or world cuisines ¡V from the Bohemian to the upscale ¡V at more than 600 restaurants. Relax with friends and family at one of the downtown pubs and coffee shops.

The University of Tennessee's College of Architecture and Design offers both Bachelor and Master's in architecture, a BS in interior design, and a BS in communication and information with a concentration in advertising design.

The undergraduate architectural degree consists of a five-year first professional degree designed for students intending to pursue architecture as a career choice. Approximately seventy percent of the curriculum consists of professional courses and electives with liberal arts courses comprising the other thirty percent. The design studio is the core of the architecture curriculum, wherein students recognize, generate, and explore design ideas. Students begin design courses in the first year of study. Courses in architectural history and theory, technology, digital applications, and professional practice offer focused and extensive study of the myriad sub-disciplines that comprise architectural inquiry.

The MS in architecture offers students a choice between two tracks: professional or research. The core values of the graduate program are based on a design-centered curriculum that promotes personal development, ethical imperatives, critical thinking, and ecologically sustainable practices. Students are challenged to expand their awareness, to become leaders, to master the discipline, and to engage real world problems in their cultural and social contexts.

The BS in interior design offers a comprehensive interior design curriculum. Problem solving and creative development as related to the proximate environment are emphasized throughout the course of study. Students can learn to formulate, propose, and develop realistic yet creative design solutions, to conduct design programming research effectively, to make effective oral and visual presentations of design proposals, to identify human and environmental factors necessary for creating design solutions that meet the needs of people, to approach design as an integration of programmatic, technical, aesthetic, physiological behavior, and legal aspects.

The BS in communication and information with a concentration in advertising design offers a core curriculum, which permits specialization at the junior and senior level. The programs are designed to prepare students for professional careers in numerous fields, while helping meet the challenge of adapting to changing delivery systems.

The University of Tennessee at Knoxville offers a wide range of student activities, recreation, and events. Provocative speakers and great entertainers and artists come to lecture, perform, and work. The University has a first-class research library, a technology-rich infrastructure, nationally competitive athletic teams, and abundant opportunities for community service. Numerous student clubs and organizations are available and cater to nearly every academic, political, religious, and social interest. Academic, career, and personal counseling can be accessed by students at no charge. Federal, state, university, and external financial aid may be available to students who apply and qualify. Prospective students are encouraged to contact the financial aid office to apply early, and to learn more about financing options.

The University of Tennessee is accredited by the Commission on Colleges of the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools.

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