Southeastern Louisiana University’s visual arts program has received full-member accreditation status by the National Association of Schools of Art and Design.

The accreditation signifies that the program meets national criteria following an academic peer review, said Ken Boulton, interim head of the Department of Fine and Performing Arts.

“Accreditation is considered a seal of approval,” he said. “It follows a process of self-assessment of how well a program meets NASAD criteria and a site visit by a team of peers who independently review the program.”

Southeastern is among approximately 320 NASAD accredited programs in the nation. The program integrates artistic study with a liberal arts education. Graduates typically pursue careers as professional artists, museum and gallery professionals and graphic designers.

The program offers degrees or concentrations in art education, art history, printmaking, sculpture, ceramics, graphic design, drawing, painting, photography and new media and animation.