Brenau College

Established in 1878 as the Georgia Baptist Female Seminary, the institution became Brenau College in 1900 when Dr. H.J. Pearce purchased the campus. "Brenau," derived from German and Latin, means "refined gold." Brenau was privately owned until 1911 when a board of trustees assumed stewardship of the college, as is still the case today. In 1928 Brenau created a female, residential, college-preparatory school, grades 9 through 12. And in the early 1970s, Brenau began offering evening and weekend classes to both men and women.
The institution is led by Dr. Ed Schrader, its ninth president, who has held the position since January 2005. In March of 1992, the board of trustees voted to convert the college to a university.

Today Brenau University includes the Academy, the oldest residential preparatory school for girls in the state of Georgia; the Women’s College, which offers traditional liberal arts education including more than 30 majors, as well as one of two occupational therapy programs in the state; and the Evening and Weekend College, which offers bachelor’s, master’s and Specialist in Education degre... [ Read All ]


United States

500 Washington Street SE
GA 30501
Phone: (770) 534-6240
Fax: (770) 538-4599

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Department and information about the department

Brenau University and art: There has been a close bond between the two in this century, the previous one, and even part of the one that came before. Founded in 1878, Brenau University has a rich and distinguished heritage of excellence in the fine arts. Artistic visual expression extends the ability to communicate, enriches lives, provides a cultural legacy and increases individual and collective awareness and understanding of life's most meaningful experiences.

Students in the art and design programs receive a strong foundation in visual arts studios, art history, and aesthetics. Faculty works closely with students to assist them in their professional development. Majors in art and design have opportunities to exhibit their works and to seek internships within their field.  

Academic Staff and Description

Faculty and staff of Brenau are committed to providing quality education in an environment that fosters academic and personal growth. Class sizes of 15 or less are small enough to provide personal attention, yet large enough to be challenging.  

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Art Education

The art education program provides students with a knowledge of the visual arts and the art education profession.

Arts Management

The arts management program is designed to develop artistic skills, aesthetic sensitivity and technical knowledge.

Fashion Design

The fashion merchandising program at Brenau is designed to prepare graduates for positions in fashion and related industries.

Fashion Merchandising

Fashion Merchandising is part of the global community and is influenced in all facets by the international and domestic markets.

Graphic Design

The Graphic Design program is built around a philosophy that works toward educating the individual as a concept conscious artist and designer.

Studio Art

Studio art majors study drawing, painting, ceramics and sculpture and build a knowledge of materials and technical skills.  


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Brenau University
500 Washington Street SE
Georgia 30501