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Be a destination art and design program for creatives seeking a distinct voice in their communities.  


The Betty Foy Sanders Department of Art (BFSDoArt) provides students with an innovative student-centered curriculum that incorporates relevant technologies and interdisciplinary approaches to educate students with the requisite professional practices for leadership and collaboration in successful careers in art and design fields. BFSDoArt promotes life-long learning and academic excellence in an open and inclusive environment by developing transferable technical and research skills, specialized knowledge in discipline-specific areas,  and communication of ideas by producing original creative works, scholarship,  or pedagogy to cultivate discovery and innovation in the fields of art, design, or art education. 

The BFSDoArt offers interactions with visiting artists and scholars and a diverse exhibition schedule in our Statesboro and Savannah campus galleries. Research, internships, and travel abroad opportunities are also available in our ongoing commitment to the development of a well-rounded future world citizen whose creative research recognizes both aesthetic issues and global awareness. 

Inclusive Excellence Statement

Art creates empathy – it connects us viscerally to each other in unexpected and powerful ways. In the BFSDoA we value all perspectives and experiences in the Georgia Southern University community, and want to bring into the light those which have historically been left out.  We share a responsibility for creating and actively maintaining a learning environment in which uniqueness is valued, equity and justice are sought, and inclusive excellence is practiced. We strive to create a departmental climate that honors and respects all of the elements that make up our identities, including but not limited to: culture, race, ethnicity, color, national origin, sex, age, (dis)ability, creed, religious or spiritual beliefs, sexual orientation, socio-economic status, class, gender identity, gender expression, veteran status, and political philosophy. In the spirit of this statement, we acknowledge that we are gathering on the traditional homeland of the Muscogee, Guale, and Yamassee Nations and possibly other groups. We honor and respect these people and their connection to this land on which we gather to learn and educate.


The BFSDoArt is recognized as an accredited member of the National Association of Schools of Art and Design (NASAD). 

Last updated: 4/24/2023