The Ernest G. Welch School of Art & Design is NASAD accredited and offers opportunities to shape culture through the practice and study of the arts. Our accomplished faculty trains students for creative work and scholarship through a rigorous curriculum in fine art, design, art history, and art education. We offer an accessible and transformative education to one of nation’s most diverse student populations. The school is a unit of the College of the Arts of Georgia State University.

Students may pursue Graduate or Undergraduate studies in nine (9) disciplines: Art Education, Art History; Ceramics; Drawing, Painting and Printmaking; Graphic Design; Interior Design; Photography; Textiles; and Sculpture.

Situated at the cultural and educational heart of Atlanta, the Ernest G. Welch School of Art & Design assumes a key role in the life of the metropolitan arts community.  The School’s downtown location encourages connections with local art networks.  This dynamic setting stimulates students and faculty to grow as artists and scholars, and provides them with innumerable opportunities for professional development.

Ernest G. Welch School of Art & Design Facilities.


Ernest G. Welch


Known for decades as a prominent Atlanta businessman, wartime photographer, and philanthropist, Ernest G. Welch enrolled at Georgia State University in his “late eighties” to earn a Bachelor of Fine Arts Degree in Photography.  In recognition of his generosity and passion for art, the GSU School of Art & Design was renamed in his honor in 2003.

Ernest G. Welch: Developing Impact in Art & Design