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Lin Rongxue - Benedict College Outstanding Student, School of Humanities, Arts and Social Sciences for 2015. December 2015 graduate with a degree in Studio Art.

Mission Statement of the Visual Arts Program

The role of the Visual Arts Program is to provide a basis of support for the Benedict College Liberal Arts curriculum by offering a broad base of study in concepts and principles, historical perspectives, techniques and processes, understanding, and appreciation of the creation process. The mission of the Art Area makes a unique contribution to the broader mission of the College and academic community by making it possible for the College to address both the intellectual and aesthetic needs of its students, community, and state. The Visual Arts program develops cognitive, perceptual, emotive, and communication skills that help students establish higher-order thinking proficiencies desperately needed to function in today’s society.

The Visual Arts Program provides the following services to the College. Art Appreciation is offered in support of the General Education requirement for the College to provide awareness and appreciation of art. Art courses are open to non-art majors as electives, used for enriching their Liberal Arts education. A minor in Studio Art is also an option. The Benedict College Ponder Art Gallery provides continuous art exhibitions as educational experiences for students of art, for the Benedict College family, and surrounding communities. In addition, the Art Gallery hosts visiting artists, who contribute to the Art program by conducting lectures, leading student critiques, and engaging in classroom visitations and demonstrations. Works from the collection are loaned to campus offices where there is adequate security. Beyond the campus, the Visual Arts Area has loaned works to several schools and libraries for specific events, including African-American History and Culture Month and Women’s History Month. The art faculty and students often serve as consultants to campus publications and create many campus communication designs.

The Visual Arts Program aims to provide students with broad educational experiences that will prepare them for career fields in art. Students selecting the Program of Study in Studio Art will be prepared for careers in Fine Arts and visual communication. Students in the Visual Arts Program acquire knowledge and skills necessary for entrance into graduate school. In studio courses, one hour of credit represents three hours of studio time and space each week of the semester. Studio classes led by an instructor meet for a minimum of 2 hours per week for each credit granted.

Students are required to purchase art supplies for each studio course. A list of required supplies is provided on each course syllabus. Students may use their book vouchers, cash, credit, or check to purchase supplies from the Department Art Store. Additionally, there are also many local art stores in the area to purchase supplies.

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Accreditation: Benedict College is accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges to award baccalaureate degrees. Contact the Commission on Colleges at 1866 Southern Lane, Decatur, Georgia 30033-4097 or call 404-679-4500 for questions about the accreditation of Benedict College.

National Academic Accreditations:

  • Benedict College is accredited by the National Association of Art and Design (NASAD)
National Academic Rankings:
  • Benedict College was ranked 1 of the top 10 colleges in the nation in producing African Americans with an undergraduate Physics degree, as reported by the Education and Employment Statistic Division of the American Institute of Physics.
  • The School of Honors Model African Union Team won 1st Place at the 2011 National Association of African American Honors Programs Conference.
  • The Benedict College Debate Team won 1st Place at the National Association of African-Americans Honors Program Conference, October 2005, 2007 and 2009.
  • The Benedict College pioneering Service Learning Program is a national model program and serves over 114 non-profit organizations around the SC Midlands. The program recently won the 6th Annual Commission on Higher Education’s Service Learning Competition.
  • The Corporation for National and Community Service honored Benedict College for the second consecutive year with a place on the President's Higher Education Community Service Honor Roll for exemplary service to America's communities.