Cazenovia College’s Art and Design Programs recently earned the prestigious accreditation of the National Association of Schools of Art and Design (NASAD). The competitive accreditation certifies that the curricula, faculty, facilities, and students at Cazenovia College are among the best in the United States.

“The NASAD accreditation process is rigorous, so earning the accreditation is a significant honor and a recognition of the high quality of Cazenovia College’s Art and Design programs,” says Division of Art and Design Chair Professor Kim Waale. NASAD accreditation signifies that Cazenovia College stands out among only 363 NASAD-accredited schools across thousands of higher education program offerings in the United States. It also places Cazenovia College among one of the select few NASAD-accredited colleges or universities located in New York State.

Professor Waale noted that students who graduate from NASAD accredited schools are highly regarded in competitive job placements and graduate school acceptances. “As a NASAD-accredited school, we provide instruction of the highest quality, and we prepare and train art and design professionals at the highest possible levels. NASAD- accredited schools help individual students turn talent, inspiration, creativity, and dedication into significant art and design careers.”

The College offers NASAD-accredited Bachelor of Fine Arts degrees in Arts Management, Fashion Design, Interior Design, Photography, Visual Communications (Animation, Graphic Design, Illustration, and Interactive Design tracks) and Studio Art. All majors are woven into a liberal arts environment, providing students with the knowledge and skills needed to be successful in their chosen art and design fields.

Waale said that the College’s challenging yet supportive environment and expert faculty provide students with personalized, hands-on instruction, and that courses focus on creativity, critical thinking, and problem-solving skills while fostering interdisciplinary study. Experiential learning, mentorships and internships prepare students for dynamic and creative professional careers.

Founded in 1944, NASAD is an organization of schools, conservatories, colleges, and universities that establishes national standards for undergraduate and graduate degrees and other credentials for art and design and art/design-related disciplines. NASAD also provides assistance to institutions and individuals engaged in artistic, scholarly, educational, and other art/design-related endeavors.

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