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National Association of Schools of Art and Design (NASAD) Accreditation and its Implications for Film/Video Production Programs


School of Communications


College of Liberal Arts and Sciences

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The National Association of Schools of Art and Design "is composed of schools and individuals representing the highest traditions and aims in the education of the artist and designer" (NASAD Handbook, October 2009). NASAD is designated by the U.S. Department of Education as the agency responsible for the accreditation of higher education institutions that offer art/design and related visual arts programs, including film and video production. Accredited programs include two-year and four-year liberal arts degrees, professional baccalaureate (BFA) degrees and graduate programs. NASAD's primary purpose is to establish reasonable standards for art and design education as it fosters high quality instruction. The accreditation process evaluates programs "in terms of their quality and the results they achieve" (Handbook, 2009). NASAD accreditation assures students and parents that the institution's visual arts programs provide "competent teachers, adequate physical plant and equipment, and sound curricula" and requires continual self-evaluation on the part of accredited programs (Handbook, 2009). While NASAD accreditation may require a significant re-conceptualization of film/video curricula and pedagogy, it can offer benefits, for example, in terms of establishing clear standards for tenure and promotion, teaching and learning assessment, and leveraging institutional support for film/video programs. This panel will explore the process and its implications for media production programs that don't necessarily have an art/design orientation.

Conference Name

University Film Video Association

Conference Location

Boston, MA

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