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MSU School of Art receives national design accreditation

July 7, 2015

A graphic design student works in a lab in the Montana State University School of Art. MSU has received full accreditation from the National Association of Schools of Art and Design, acknowledging it as one of the top schools of art and design in the country. MSU photo by Kelly Gorham

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Montana State University art and design programs have received full accreditation from the National Association of Schools of Art and Design, acknowledging MSU as one of the top schools of art and design in the country.

Vaughan Judge, director of the MSU School of Art, said there are more than 3,000 schools of art and design in the country. Only 323, including MSU, have full NASAD accreditation, he said.

“The list of NASAD-accredited institutes is very prestigious and we are very proud to be part of the list of nationally acknowledged and accredited institutes,” said Judge, who has helped direct the MSU School of Art, the School of Film and Photography’s undergraduate and graduate programs as well as MSU’s Gallatin College’s associate degree program through successful NASAD reaccreditation. “As an educational institute we are one of only 339 accredited institutes, up there with Pratt, The Art Institute of Chicago and other prestigious schools.”

Judge said the School of Art and the School of Film and Photography received accreditation a year ago. Gallatin College’s design program received accreditation this spring. Judge said that means that all art and design programs at MSU are NASAD-accredited for the next 10 years.

In addition, Judge has completed NASAD’s visiting national accreditor’s program and has become qualified as a visiting accreditor for NASAD site visits to other colleges, schools and universities.

Additionally, Vaughan said that MSU’s School of Art is currently rated as number 93 in fine arts education by U.S. News & World Report.

The MSU School of Art was established in 1893 and its first graduate degree was conferred in 1932. The curriculum is divided into seven areas of study: art history, ceramics, graphic design, jewelry and metalsmithing, painting and drawing, printmaking and sculpture. To learn more, go to the School of Art’s website.

Vaughan Judge (406) 994-4501, vaughan.judge@montana.edu