The Department of Visual Arts is accredited by the National Association of Schools of Art and Design (NASAD). The major responsibility of NASAD is the accreditation of education programs in art and design, including the establishment of curricular standards and guidelines for specific degrees and credentials. Institutional membership is gained only through the peer review process of accreditation.
The Association also provides counsel and assistance to established and developing institutions and programs. NASAD is recognized by the United States Department of Education as the agency responsible for the accreditation of all art and design curricula.
NASAD works with other peer associations such as the AIGA, the professional association for design, the American Craft Council (ACC), the Association of Independent Colleges of Art and Design (AICAD), the Industrial Designers Society of America (IDSA), and the National Art Education Association (NAEA).
NASAD participates in the national conversation about educational issues with special emphases on art and design, the arts, and higher education.