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Drawing class in Taylor's art program

Art Program

Part of the Art, Film & Media Department

The Art of Visual Storytelling

Because God made us in His image, we are designed to create and appreciate beauty as He does. Joining Taylor’s Art Program means not only building artistic skills but also strengthening your understanding of the significance of art and the role it can play in the world beyond studio and classroom.

Art is not limited to beautiful pictures; it tells tales, makes statements, and pursues truth through visual storytelling. By choosing an Art major at Taylor, you will be offered several avenues to pursue your passion for beauty and creative storytelling, whether your interest lies in graphic art, pre-art therapy, studio art, design, art education, photography, or illustration.

BFA Programs

We are pleased to announce five new Bachelor of Fine Arts degree options for fall 2022: Illustration, Design, Photography, Studio Art 2D, and Studio Art 3D. A standard at Art and Design colleges, a BFA provides deep focus on practical studio work for greater technical mastery and aesthetic sensitivity. A BFA offers a competitive edge in the job market, and it’s seen as a gateway degree to a Master of Fine Arts. According to the Wall Street Journal, students who earn a BFA degree have strong job prospects, better income, and high job satisfaction.

Taylor’s BFAs in Art offer:

  • 14 more credits of art classes than the Bachelor of Arts
  • more immersion, cross-training, and versatility
  • no foreign language requirements
  • the same 128-hour graduation requirement as most other degrees

Detailed curriculum guides (class lists) are coming soon! Contact Jamie Miles or Laura Stevenson for more information!

See for Yourself

Listen to Dr. Jonathan Bouw explain explain what you can expect in studying art at Taylor.

Modelle Metcalf Visual Arts Center

Taylor’s Art department is housed in the 38,000-square-foot Modelle Metcalf Visual Arts Center. Metcalf provides specialized classrooms and workspaces for drawing, painting, printmaking, graphic design, photography, sculpture, ceramics, and jewelry making. It also contains a state-of-the-art Mac lab and audio-visual classrooms, a photography studio, a lecture hall, and ample space for critiquing works displayed in the hallways. Two different gallery spaces showcase student and professional art. Naturally lit classrooms have storage spaces for student artwork with the option of directed spot lighting.

Crafting Your Future

Career Opportunities in Art

Our students successfully compete with art school graduates for high-profile positions. As a student in this program, you will develop excellent technical and conceptual skills in your area of focus. You will also come away from the program with a professional portfolio of work.

Our Art graduates currently serve as art educators, freelancers, graphic artists, photographers, and studio artists (sculptors, ceramists, painters). Art students have gone to work at companies and publications such as The New Yorker, Tyndale Publishers, and Wired Magazine.

Art Program graduates are regularly sought after by alumni and employers. The Art faculty and the Calling and Career Office also have many connections to assist graduates in finding industry careers. Because art students have a success rate of 99%, you have no reason to worry about finding post-graduation jobs, internships, or graduate school placements. Learn more about Taylor University placement rates.

Department News

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Taylor University Opens New Boren Art Gallery this Friday

Apr 20, 2022

Taylor University officials will dedicate one of the nation’s largest collections of Western and Native American art this Friday, April 22, at 4:30 pm...

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Student-Run Design and Marketing Agency Merges Classroom and Career

Feb 17, 2022

Students interested in the Arts can gain practical experience by joining the student-led Birrama Creative team.

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Art Students and Alumni Create Mural for Nearby Town

Feb 14, 2022

Art majors applied their skills in design and illustration to bring life and color to Matthews, a small town a few miles away from Taylor.

Faculty & Staff

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Department Chair

James Miles II

Department Co-Chair and Assistant Professor of Art

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Department Chair

Laura Stevenson

Department Co-Chair and Assistant Professor of Art

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Jonathan Bouw

Professor of Art

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Ryan James

Assistant Professor of Art

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John Reishus

Art Adjunct Faculty

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Cindy Reishus

Art Program Assistant

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Hannah Richardson

Assistant Professor of Art Education & Pre-Art Therapy

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Jeremie Riggleman

Assistant Professor of Art

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Debra Shepler

Art Adjunct Faculty

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Rachel Smith

Professor of Art & Gilkison Chair