Why study art at Taylor University?
At Taylor, we are intentionally focused on success, not just in the classroom but also in your personal and spiritual life. We provide professional development opportunities, excellent facilities and qualified faculty and staff, as well as an environment where you can explore your faith and its impact on your art. We invest in your development as an artist and Christian in order to prepare you for whatever lies ahead.
How does a Taylor art degree compare with a degree from a traditional art school?
Our students successfully compete with art school graduates for high-profile positions and acceptance in top graduate schools. At Taylor, you not only receive an education in the visual and design arts but also an education in the liberal arts. By being challenged in all areas of learning, you gain a distinct advantage in the marketplace while strengthening your worldview and faith.
What makes Taylor’s art program and liberal arts education unique?
While we pride ourselves in our professional and experienced faculty and state-of-the-art facilities, one of the most unique aspects of Taylor’s art program is the community we strive to create. Art is meant to be shared so we provide opportunities to experience the work of outstanding artists through varied art exhibitions on campus, while also allowing you to displaying your own work in juried student exhibitions.
We encourage professional design memberships, portfolio development, conferences, field trips, and career symposiums. Art majors often attend First Fridays at the Indianapolis Museum of Art. Drawing/sculpture “lock-ins” provide opportunities for you to step out of your art-making comfort zones. We also offer several travel opportunities including semesters in Italy, Australia and New York City.
What facilities does Taylor’s Art Department offer for student use?
Taylor’s Art Department is housed in the 38,000 square foot Modelle Metcalf Visual Arts Center. The center provides a variety of 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 secure gallery and showing spaces.
What opportunities does Taylor offer for those interested in art education?
Our art education majors are involved in several community programs. Some of these include After School Art, Summer Fine Art Camp, and private art lessons with children in the community. Community art service is required and offers you a chance to use your artistic skills to give back to the local community. Experiences range from teaching art lessons to at-risk students, working with local school programs to providing art activities for various school functions, and painting murals on various buildings in the downtown Upland area.