Art and Film at Taylor
At Taylor, you not only receive an education in the visual, technical, and creative arts, but also a holistic education in the liberal arts. By being challenged in all areas of learning, you will gain a distinct advantage in the marketplace while strengthening your worldview and faith. Your liberal arts foundation will broaden your technical skills and critical thinking while your art classes will expand your creative boundaries and allow you to pursue your artistic passions.
One of the most unique aspects of Taylor’s Art program is the community we strive to create. The Art and Film programs bring in industry experts and provide real-world opportunities, top-notch facilities, and qualified faculty and staff to help you develop skills, as well as create an environment where you can explore your faith and its impact on your work. We invest in your development as an artist and a Christian in order to prepare you for whatever lies ahead.
Listen to Jonathan Bouw, Art, Film & Media department co-chair and professor, as he outlines the purpose and opportunities offered through the Art program as well as how you, as an Art student, will be well-prepared for life beyond the college experience.
Taylor offers both long- and short-term overseas experiences to redefine students’ views of art and film through a global perspective. These students can learn how to use their gifts to minister and serve around the world.
Listen to Max Partain ’18 and Jennifer Riddett ’18 describe Taylor's opportunities for international documentary production.
- Hollywood Internship Program: Spend a whole semester in Hollywood with Taylor’s Los Angeles Film program. You’ll have two internships, take a class taught by a dozen industry professionals, and discern if God’s calling you to the film industry.
- Contemporary Music Center*: Spend a semester in Nashville learning about live sound, the recording and engineering of music, and what it takes to thrive as a Christian in the recording industry. This program is sponsored by the Council for Christian Colleges and Universities (CCCU).
- Los Angeles Film Studies Center*: Spend a semester in L.A., making short films and interning in the entertainment industry. This program is sponsored by the CCCU.
- Hong Kong Baptist University*: Take core art and design courses at one of the top Asian higher education institutions. The university is only a ten-minute walk from an underground railway, which gives students access to transportation across Hong Kong.
- The Orvieto Semester*: Study art, history, and theology in the historic and picturesque setting of Orvieto, Italy. Students will be inspired to reconnect with artistic traditions and foster a creative response to shape the future of the arts.
- York St John University*: Take core art and design classes in the United Kingdom to experience academics in a new cultural setting. When not in class, students can explore the rich history of York or take the train to London.
- Sundance Film Festival: Take the January-term class that explores independent film and culminates in a trip to the Sundance Film Festival in Park City, Utah. See what’s next in film, and interact with filmmakers at every screening.
- International Documentary Trip: Travel overseas with the Film program, learning what it takes to tell the stories of another culture. Fulfill Taylor’s cross-cultural requirement with a camera in your hands. In past years, students have gone to Rwanda, Uganda, and Guatemala.
- Dominican Republic*: Join Students International in serving various ministry sites across the DR. Use your videography talents to capture their work across the island. Create small films of these teams meeting both physical and spiritual needs of locals as they develop relationships and share God’s love in their interactions.
*Programs are not directly associated with the Art, Film & Media department. Contact the Office of Off-Campus Programs for more information.
At Taylor, we encourage professional design memberships, portfolio development, conference attendance, field trips, and career symposiums. Art majors often attend First Fridays in Indianapolis, where they can explore featured art galleries and exhibits with local and regional artists. Drawing and sculpture “lock-ins” provide opportunities for students to step out of their artistic-medium comfort zones. An annual 24-hour film festival unites film students in a sleepless night of competitive shooting and editing.
Starting freshman year, you will gain hands-on experience in your field, submit your films or artwork into contests, and discover what it takes to be a freelancer or client-focused professional. There are numerous opportunities to gain hands-on experience, including:
- Envision Productions
Our internal production team produces chapel videos three times a week from our television control room, shoots live events, and produces client projects on contract. You can volunteer with the team as a freshman.
- Envision Film Festival
Envision gives Taylor’s Film & Media Production program a chance to screen and award film majors’ best work, and bring Hollywood professionals to campus for free workshops. Sign up to visit Taylor during March for Envision. For more information, see the Envision website.
- Red Eye 24-Hour Film Festival
Grab some friends and get ready for the most fun, sleepless night you’ve ever had. Shoot a short film overnight and screen it the next day.
- The Echo
Taylor’s award-winning newspaper and online publication offer volunteer and paid opportunities to take photos, shoot news packages, and design weekly issues of the newspaper.
- WTUR Radio
Taylor’s online radio station, WTUR, hosts live programming during the school year, produced and planned by Taylor students. Be a DJ, create your own original show (talk, sports, music), or join the radio production staff.
Taylor’s athletic teams often need videographers to cover sports events and editors to capture highlights for team review.
- Media Services
Do you love running sound live or doing technology set-ups for campus events and conferences? Apply for campus job with Taylor’s Media Services department.
- Freelance Projects
The Film and Media Production program often gets calls about freelance projects, both paid and volunteer. As a Film major, you’ll hear about those opportunities directly and have a chance to take on off-campus projects.
- Field Trips
Several of our production courses take field trips to media organizations. Travel with your class and learn more about how professionals do film, television, video, and audio.
- Faculty-Mentored Student Scholarship
Film students can spend eight paid weeks working directly with a faculty member on a summer video project.
- The Ilium
Taylor’s student-run yearbook staffs designers and photographers to create a 200+ page publication. You can write feature content, capture event photos, and layout page-spreads to tell campus stories. Learn to collaborate with a creative team and produce a publication that preserves Taylor history and presents memories for students to cherish after graduation.
- Art Exhibitions
Art is meant to be shared so we provide opportunities to experience the work of outstanding artists through varied art exhibitions on and off campus, while also displaying student artwork to view or sell in juried student exhibitions.
To choose the best major for you, identify your core passions, skills, and goals for your career. The Art, Film & Media department offers a vast range of studies from cinematography to education to therapy. Read each option to decide which might best suit you.
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- Art Education
Through an Art Education degree, you will build on the basics of education courses, such as educational psychology and classroom management, and combine them with the study of art. This program leads to a licensure in grades P-12.
- Graphic Art
Graphic Art majors explore visual communication for careers in commercial art. Concentrate on a specific area of interest—design, illustration, or photography—to develop an in-depth expertise.
- Studio Art
The Studio Art major provides a broad education for students excited about experimenting in a variety of art mediums and catering their studies to their specific gifts.
- Pre-Art Therapy
Students looking to pursue a master’s degree in art therapy can build a strong foundation in the interaction of art, psychology, and education with our Pre-Art Therapy degree.
- Film and Media Production
Learn film and television production as you explore what it means to reflect God’s creativity, contribute to culture in ways that honor God, and carry out your Christian faith in the film industry. Develop your understanding of visual storytelling as you become an expert in the technical and creative skills of Film and Media Production.
With a Photography minor, you can explore your love for photography by honing your technical skills and creative eye through a broad range of photography styles, including portrait photography and commercial photography.
- Art History*
Learn how Christian and secular artists before our time have impacted culture through our Art History minor. You will develop your understanding and appreciation of global art across time and expand your ability to apply unique historical styles to your own art.
*Indicates that the program is only a minor.