Mission Statement

Leo Jenkins Fine Arts Center

The School of Art and Design’s purpose Statement

The purpose of the SoAD is to prepare students as innovative thinkers, distinguished makers, and global participants who understand the responsibility of interdisciplinary and civic engagement in defining our visual world.


With 500+ undergraduate students, 40+ graduate students, and approximately 50 faculty members, the School of Art and Design at East Carolina University is the most comprehensive art school in North Carolina and one of the largest in the Southeast. Our students come from North Carolina, the east coast and several foreign countries. More than half of freshman have had at least two years of art in high school while approximately forty percent have had three or more years.

The East Carolina University School of Art and Design has been an accredited, institutional member of the National Association of Schools of Art and Design since 1962. Forty continuous years of specialized accreditation has resulted in a rigorous curriculum with flexibility and practical applications. The School of Art and Design is going through the reaccreditation process in 2014. This recognition is the hallmark of the faculty's dedication to effective teaching and the creation of the professional artist.

The School of Art and Design’s Vision Statement

The SoAD aspires to develop a national reputation for comprehensive art and design education while serving as a catalyst for cultural development in North Carolina.

Approved 4/22/2013 by faculty

Goals and Objectives to be voted upon:

Goal #1: To Improve Facilities and Funding

  • Objective #1: Increase financial support for grads
  • Objective #2: Reinstate / Continue ERTS
  • Objective #3: Improve overall support of each program

Goal #2: To Improve Curriculum

  • Objective #1: Establish structured cross disciplinary curriculum at undergrad and grad levels
  • Objective #2: Improve undergrad and grad writing skills
  • Objective #3: Create capstone courses for BFAs

Goal #3: To Improve Student Recruiting and Retention

  • Objective #1: Increase unified recruiting efforts
  • Objective #2: Create a national reputation
  • Objective #3: Retain students (years 1 and 2)

Goal #4: To Improve Internal Communication

  • Objective #1: Improve transparency and honesty
  • Objective #2: Increase communication between faculty / students and staff / faculty
  • Objective #3: Improve collegiality and faculty / staff social activities