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Board of Regents approves departmental name change in ISU College of Design

October 23, 2014


AMES, Iowa — At its meeting today in Iowa City, the Board of Regents, State of Iowa, approved a name change for the Iowa State University Department of Integrated Studio Arts. Effective immediately, it will be known as the Department of Art and Visual Culture.

The new name better represents the content of the curricula the department offers and aligns more closely with terminology in use at peer institutions, said Department Chair Ingrid Lilligren.

"This name change recognizes that contemporary departments of art are multidisciplinary; many use the terms art and visual culture in their titles to provide a comprehensive vision of their departmental mission," Lilligren said.

"Department of Art and Visual Culture reflects the integrative and broad scope of our offerings, which include courses in art education, art history, biological/pre-medical illustration, and studio and visual arts," she said. "It also allows for expansion of interdisciplinary teaching in areas like scientific visualization."

The department currently offers degree programs leading to the Bachelor of Fine Arts in Integrated Studio Arts, the Bachelor of Arts in Art and Design with a concentration in art and culture, the Bachelor of Arts in Art and Design with a concentration in visual culture studies and the Master of Fine Arts in Integrated Visual Arts. These will not change, Lilligren said.

She said the new name will:

  • Enhance recruitment and retention of students, and recruitment of new faculty;
  • Help the department better define and increase the prominence of its degree programs;
  • More accurately reflect the department's teaching and research activities.

The Department of Art and Visual Culture is a part of the ISU College of Design. Its four degree programs are accredited by the National Association of Schools of Art and Design.

Ingrid Lilligren, Art and Visual Culture, (515) 294-8883,
Heather Sauer, Design Communications, (515) 294-9289,