The Department of Art and Design has ten full-time faculty members and several adjuncts. Eight of the full-time members hold terminal degrees. In addition, all faculty members are practicing artists as well. They regularly participate in juried shows in national, regional and state organizations.
The department's two degree programs, the B.A. and B.F.A., incorporate more than 60 art courses and four majors, plus teacher licensure. Areas of interest included art education, graphic design, interior design, painting and 3D design. The department has approximately 200 majors and serves the entire student body through art coursework included in Harding's required liberal arts curriculum.
The galleries serve as the centerpiece of the department. Displaying student and faculty work, touring exhibits and the University's permanent collection, the format of the galleries is consistent with that in many major metropolitan areas. The Center has allowed the art and design department to remain competitive, attracting majors form across the country and around the world.