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Samford University    
 
    
 
  Oct 18, 2017
 
Samford University Catalog 2017-2018 Academic Year

School of the Arts


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Administration

Joseph Hopkins, Dean, Professor, Music
Kathryn Fouse, Associate Dean, Division of Music, Professor, Music
Larry Thompson, Associate Dean, Division of Visual Arts, Professor, Art
Scott Fisk, Chair, Professor, Art
Jeannie C. Krumdieck, Chair, Professor, Interior Architecture
Don T. Sandley, Chair, Professor, Theatre and Dance
Eric L. Mathis, Chair, Academic Studies, Assistant Professor, Music
W. Randall Richardson, Chair, Performance Studies, Professor, Music

History

Since the earliest years of the University’s history, music and the dramatic arts have been a vital part of campus life. The college Glee Club sang at commencements, and seniors and dramatic arts students performed in campus productions during the school year. The Masquers Club, organized in 1933, invited all students to be a part of their dramatic productions. Within five years, the popularity of The Masquers Club increased to such a degree that their productions were limited to drama students only. Throughout the state, Howard College dramatic productions were well recognized, and that recognition continues to the present.

In 1948, the Board of Trustees unanimously approved the establishment of the Department of Music  to offer the bachelor of music degree. Prior to that time, music was taught on campus by professional musicians from a local music school through a cooperative agreement, but a bachelor’s degree was not offered. By 1952, the music curriculum was so successful that more teaching space was required to accommodate the demand for music courses. In 1970, the department was elevated to School status.

In 2001, dramatic arts, known as the Theatre Department , moved to the School of Music, and the school was renamed the School of Performing Arts with a Division of Music  and a Department of Theatre . A new major, musical theatre, was introduced, in both the music division and the theatre department. In 2008, the Department of Art  formally joined the school, which was renamed the School of the Arts .

In 2009, the theatre department was renamed the Department of Theatre and Dance , to recognize the expanded focus of the department. That same year, a new bachelor of fine arts in musical theatre was introduced.

In 2011, the Department of Interior Design formally joined the school and was renamed the Department of Interior Architecture , offering a bachelor of fine arts in interior design as well as a concentration in pre-architecture. In 2014, the Department of Art  and the Department of Interior Architecture  were joined together as the Division of Visual Arts.


School of the Arts Interdisciplinary Courses

SOA 200 - Arts in Society (3)  

SOA 250 - Arts Perspective (3)  


Departments and Program Offerings

Art

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Programs

Major

Minor

Interdisciplinary Minor

Interior Architecture

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Programs

Major

Graduate Interior Architecture

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Programs

Master

Music Division

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Programs

Major

Minor

Interdisciplinary Minor

Graduate Music

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Programs

Master

Theatre and Dance

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Programs

Major

Minor

Interdisciplinary Minor