Young Harris College

Young Harris,

Fine Arts Facilities Program Study

In 2008 B&D was retained by Young Harris College to study feasible programmatic strategies for the expansion of its fine arts facilities. The college’s projected expansion from a two- to a four-year institution called for aligning physical resources with the institutional vision set forth by the campus master plan. Our study was intended to address these enrollment goals by helping increase the academic offerings available to the student body and the greater Young Harris community. We completed a detailed study of the visual and performing arts programs, which included: an investigation of the existing facilities; working sessions and interviews with faculty and staff; an assessment of current and projected curricula; a study of scheduling and utilization patterns; and a contextual analysis of peer institutions. These efforts culminated in the development of an ideal departmental program, which was subsequently reconciled with various institutional constraints to determine feasible options for implementation. This programmatic reconciliation resulted in the execution of various test-fit analyses to determine the most beneficial strategies to facilitate the evolution of the fine arts division.