Columbia College introduces Department of Visual Arts and Music

Thursday, February 27, 2014 | 4:02 p.m. CST

COLUMBIA — A name change announced this week at Columbia College is intended to attract more students and improve current art and music students' experiences.

The new Department of Visual Arts and Music consists of all current art majors and minors and a new bachelor's degree in music that will be offered starting in the fall. A minor in music that was housed under the Humanities Department was transferred to the new department.

The six majors are music, ceramics, graphic design, painting and drawing, photography, and printmaking. The five minors are music, jewelry, art history, graphic design and studio art.

Nollie Moore, who teaches music at Columbia College and directs the Jane Froman Singers, said the new department will be a good way to attract potential students.

"I also think that the administration know the importance of the artistic and cultural experience for the general college student," Moore said.

Moore said he thinks the change will help broaden the college's liberal arts curriculum.

Columbia College previously offered a bachelor's degree in music, but the program was discontinued in the early 1980s. Prior to its closing, the college's music department taught musicians such as singer Froman and pianist and music teacher Franklin Launer. 

Mike Sleadd, an art professor at Columbia College, will be the chairman of the new department. 

Supervising editor is Elizabeth Brixey.

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