History of the College

College Timeline

The College of Fine and Applied Arts celebrates its 50 year anniversary in 2018. Take a trip back in time to learn how we've evolved through the years.

The College of Fine and Applied Arts was established with the following departments:  Art, Economics & Business, Health & Physical Education, Home Economics, Industrial Arts, Music and Speech.

Military Science was added, providing the university’s first ROTC program.

The Department of Economics & Business moves to the College of Business.

The university’s outdoor shooting range opens for the ROTC rifle team and other student and faculty groups.

The Department of Industrial Arts raises a 25-foot-tall totem pole constructed in the department’s woodworking class in front of Kerr Scott Hall.

The Department of Industrial Arts is renamed Industrial Arts & Technology.

WASU-FM, the university's radio station, begins broadcasting under the direction of the Department of Speech.

The Department of Health & Physical Education is renamed Health, Physical Education & Recreation.

WASU-TV, the university's first television station, is started by Learning Resources and the Department of Speech.

The Loft in New York City opens and operated by the Art Department.

Walker Hall, home to the current Department of Communication, is completed.

The Department of Speech is renamed Communication Arts.

Herbert Walter Wey Hall, home to the current Department of Art, is completed.

The Department of Health, Physical Education & Recreation is renamed Health Education, Physical Education and Leisure Studies.

WASU-FM changes from Top-40 format to album-oriented rock/progressive rock format.

The Department of  Theatre and Dance is added to the college.

The Department of Music moves to the School of Music.

The Department of Communication Arts is renamed Communication.

The Department of Industrial Education & Technology is renamed Technology.

The Department of Health Education, Physical Education and Leisure Science is renamed Health, Leisure and Exercise Science.

The Department of Theatre and Dance dedicates and opens Valborg Theatre.

The Department of Home Economics is renamed Family and Consumer Sciences.

The New York Loft in Manhattan opens to Appalachian State students. The loft rents for $30 a night for students, faculty, and staff, and $40 for alumni and guests.

The Living Learning Academic Building, home to the current Department of Sustainable Development, is completed.

The Department of Military Science is renamed Military Science and Leadership.

The Department of Nursing is added to the college.

Kerr Scott Hall, home to the current Departments of Applied Design and Sustainable Technology and the Built Environment, is renamed Katherine Harper Hall.

The Department of Family & Consumer Sciences moves to the College of Education, and the Departments of Health, Leisure & Exercise Science and Nursing move to the College of Health Sciences.

The Department of Technology is renamed Technology and Environmental Design.

Sustainable Development relocates its farm from Valle Crucis to Ashe County. The new property includes approximately 35 acres of pasture, 130 acres of woodlands, a large greenhouse and late-nineteenth century barn.

The Sustainable Development program, formerly with University College, becomes a department in the college.

Electronic Media / Broadcasting students in the Department of Communication gain access to the 18,000 square foot George G. Beasley Media Complex, a new facility housing broadcast studios, classrooms, labs and offices for faculty members. WASU-FM also moves into the complex.

Applied Design is created within the college to encompass the areas of apparel design and merchandising, interior design and industrial design.

The Department of Technology and Environmental Design is renamed Sustainable Technology and the Built Environment.

AppTV, the university’s student-staffed television station, is launched by the Department of Communication.