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Tennessee Tech University

School of Art, Craft & Design

The NASAD accred­ited Bach­e­lor of Fine Arts degree wood­work­ing program at TN Tech Univer­sity is part of the School of Art, Craft & Design’s acad­e­mic program at its satel­lite campus, the Appalachian Center for Craft in Smithville, TN. The Appalachian Center for Craft is an 87,000 sq/​ft facil­ity dedi­cated to craft and craft educa­tion and which features spacious well-equipped studios in wood­work­ing (and wood­turn­ing), glass­blow­ing, black­smithing, small metals, ceram­ics, and fibers. 

Its wood­work­ing program has been led by promi­nent leaders in the field of studio art furni­ture, includ­ing Wendy Maruyama, Tom Hucker, and most recently, Profes­sor Graham Camp­bell, who retired in July 2020 after 30 years of dedi­cated and skill­ful lead­er­ship and teach­ing. The wood­work­ing program is currently led by visit­ing instruc­tor, Nathaniel Hall. 

The mission of the School of Art, Craft & Design is to prepare students for careers in visual art studio and art educa­tion. Students develop creative poten­tial, learn skills and design processes, acquire cultural knowl­edge, and develop crit­i­cal facul­ties through visual art expe­ri­ences. The mission is achieved through rigor­ous, hands-on teaching/​learning, expo­sure to entre­pre­neur­ial concepts and prac­tice, and a broad liberal arts educa­tion. Addi­tion­ally, students have the option to supple­ment their BFA acad­e­mic studies by partic­i­pat­ing in the non-acad­e­mic work­shop program offered at the Appalachian Center for Craft, which provides an excel­lent oppor­tu­nity for expo­sure to new perspec­tives on making and think­ing related to craft studies. A year-long, modestly funded artist in resi­dency program is an added feature of the center and which adds to the acad­e­mic program, as well. 

TN Tech is a state-funded public insti­tu­tion, which offers high-quality educa­tion at an afford­able cost. The School of Art, Craft & Design offers several schol­ar­ship oppor­tu­ni­ties for students in its BFA woodworking program. 

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