We each are created in the image of God; we reflect His image in part through our creative solutions and expressions. Art has served an important role throughout history expressing and ennobling what it is to be human. We believe art, aesthetics, and design are essential for human flourishing and for the expression and development of cultural values.
The mission of the Department of Art & Design is to produce graduates who are knowledgeable, creative, thoughtful, and engaged professionals deeply rooted in Christian values. We carry out this mission as a dedicated, student-focused faculty who mentor students with a Christ-centered approach. We foster excellence in creative expression, scholarship, and visual design. We equip students with cultural awareness and empower them to respectfully engage society and serve the needs of their communities.
- Christ-like: foster within students a global perspective of art and design excellence defined by compassionate, Christ-like service to others.
- Knowledgeable: promote within the academic setting, lifelong intellectual growth through the pursuit of progressive, innovative and sustainable understanding of art, design, technology, information and research.
- Creative: inspire and provide a culture of creativity and critically diverse thinking grounded in the framework of fine arts, pure design and applied design principles.
- Professional: mentor and infuse Christ-like professional behavior in art and design practices and procedures, ethics and integrity, business relationships and work excellence.
- Engaged: stimulate a passion and advocacy for the visual arts and design professions through active engagement in professional communities and relationships, and exposure to art and design diversity.
Sophomore Portfolio Requirement for Art, Graphic Design, and Visual Arts Studio majors
Pass ART 2900 Sophomore Portfolio Review .
The sophomore portfolio review, ART 2900, is for the Art & Design student who has completed (including current classes) 12-15 credit hours of selected core Art & Design coursework. The review is intended to provide feedback on the student’s artistic growth progress. At the review we will be assessing drawing and compositional skills, presentation skills, ability to discuss and exhibit work and the student’s level of knowledge about current professional activity in his or her program area.
A minimum cumulative GPA of 2.5 in Art & Design courses is required to be eligible for participating in sophomore portfolio review. Passing the sophomore portfolio review is a prerequisite to enrolling in junior level courses.
Sophomore Portfolio Requirement for Interior Architecture and Design majors
The sophomore portfolio review is intended to provide feedback on the student’s artistic and technical progress. At the review we will be assessing drawing and composition skills, presentation skills, ability to discuss and exhibit work and the student’s level of knowledge about current professional activity in his or her program area.
Required after the student has completed: ART 1600 , ART 2600 , IDA 1010 , IDA 1020 , IDA 1060 , IDA 1080 , IDA 2210 , IDA 2610 , and IDA 2620 . The student must also have a minimum GPA of 2.0 in all university courses and a GPA 2.25 in all art and design courses. Passing the Sophomore Portfolio Review is a prerequisite to IDA 3610 . Remaining 2000 level art courses are intended to reinforce and expand the skills necessary for junior level studio courses.
Sophomore Portfolio Requirement for Architecture majors
The sophomore portfolio review is intended to provide feedback on the student’s artistic and technical progress. At the review, we will be assessing drawing and composition skills, design skills, technical knowledge, presentation skills, ability to discuss and exhibit work, and the student’s level of knowledge about current professional activity in his or her program area.
Required after the student has completed: ART 1600 , ARCH 1010 , ARCH 1020 , ARCH 1060 , ARCH 1080 , ARCH 2210 , and ARCH 2610 . The student must also have a minimum GPA of 2.0 in all university courses and a GPA of 2.25 in all art and design courses. Passing the Sophomore Portfolio Review is a prerequisite to ARCH 3610 . The remaining 2000-level courses are intended to reinforce and expand the skills necessary for junior-level studio courses.
The Bachelor of Arts degree with teacher licensure is available.
Technology Requirements for Architecture and Interior Architecture and Design Majors
All students enrolled in the Interior Architecture and Design program must have ready access to a laptop computer and designated software. Studio courses beginning in year two of the program require the student to regularly bring a PC platform laptop to class. The laptop must be configured to effectively run the designated software.
The department reserves the right for each teacher of an art or design class to retain examples of each student’s work each semester for addition to the department’s permanent collection or accreditation.
Chair: Amy Cox, M.F.A.
Daniel Adams, M.A., M.F.A.
Director of HUG
Stacy Gibson, M.F.A.
Coordinator of the Graphic Design Program
John E. Keller, Ph.D.
Paul Martin Pitt, M.A., M.F.A.
Steve B. Choate, M.F.A., Ph.D.
Greg Clayton, M.F.A.
Coordinator of the Fine Arts Program
Amy Cox, M.F.A.
Sarah Wilhoit, Ph.D.
Director of the Interior Architecture and Design Program
Enrique Colon, M.F.A.
Tessa Davidson, M.F.A.
Robert M. Steelman, B.Arch., AIA
Director of the Architecture Program
ProgramsBachelor of ArtsBachelor of Fine ArtsAccelerated ProgramsNon-Degree