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Carson-Newman's Art Department is a vibrant, growing department, full of energetic artists and scholars. We offer the BA Degree in Art and the BA degree in Photography, both with traditional fine art foundations within a 4-year liberal arts program. We also offer an Associates of Arts in Photography. Because we have been an institutional member of the National Association of Schools of Art and Design since 1992, our students can be assured that our Art Department meets exacting standards of quality on a national level. Follow us on Instagram @carsonnewman_art.

The Art Department offers performance-based scholarships to incoming first year students and transfer students. In order to be considered for a scholarship, students with a serious interest in attending Carson-Newman as an Art or Photography Major must submit a digital portfolio for review by the Art Department faculty. Because these scholarships are competitive, we review submissions from August-February, one year prior to the first year of enrollment (for entering freshmen, portfolios should be submitted during your senior year in high school). To enable us to determine final awards and meet financial aid deadlines, please submit portfolios no later than the end of February. Award amounts will be determined in conjunction with other merit and financial aid awards. The Art department faculty will review any digital portfolio submission that meets both the criteria and deadline: 10-12 pieces in any media, in either a PDF or JPG file format. An artist’s statement detailing interest in the intended field of study is encouraged, but not required. Please email digital portfolio submissions to Mrs. Julie Rabun, jrabun@cn.edu. Email attachments only, no dropbox or other cloud based submissions please.

The Art Department also administers two endowed scholarships, The Rabun Family Scholarship and The Michael Alvis Art Scholarship, which you can read about here: https://classic.cn.edu/news?view=1421. Both scholarships are awarded yearly to well-qualified rising junior and/or senior Art or Photography majors.




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