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The Department of Visual Arts currently holds full accreditation by the National Association of Schools of Art and Design (NASAD).

The Department of Visual Arts offers accredited professional degree programs in visual arts and art education. NASAD Accreditation requires a department to undergo periodically evaluation of its work through an independent judgment by peers who confirm that the department programs are achieving NASAD educational objectives and established standards for student learning, outcomes, facilities and faculty. This process includes:

  • a self-evaluative study of the department,
  • an on-site review by a team of NASAD evaluators that focus on a department's educational quality, institutional integrity, and educational improvements, and
  • a judgment by the NASAD and its commission.

The National Association for Schools of Art & Design (NASAD) is the accrediting organization for art and design programs. Founded in 1944, NASAD is an organization of schools, colleges, and universities comprised of institutional members which represent the country's top art and design schools. NASAD establishes national standards for undergraduate and graduate degrees and other credentials. It is the national accrediting agency for art and design and art and design-related disciplines. Currently, approximately 323 schools and universities hold NASAD accreditation in the United States, including the University of Louisiana at Lafayette.