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The Clarion University Department of Art is accredited by the National Association of Schools of Art and Design (NASAD).

NASAD is the national accrediting agency for art and design and art and design-related disciplines. It was established in 1944 to improve educational practices and maintain high professional standards in art and design education. Among its goals are establishing a national forum, establishing reasonable standards, fostering the development of instruction of the highest quality, to evaluate, through accreditation schools of art and design and programs of studio art and design, to counsel and assist schools, help in the formulation of appropriate curricula and standards, and established a national voice.