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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.

See for Yourself

Listen to Jonathan Bouw, Art, Film & Media 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.

Art and Film Around the World

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.

Art Study Abroad Programs
  • 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 historic and picturesque 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.
Film & Media Study Abroad Programs
  • Hollywood Internship Program: Spend a whole semester in Hollywood with Taylor’s own Los Angeles semester program. You’ll have two internships, take a class taught by a dozen industry professionals, and discern if God’s calling you to the entertainment 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).
  • 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 J-Term 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.
  • Spring Break Mission: Join a spring break missions team in various ministry locations in the U.S. and internationally. Use your videography talents to document how the teams meet the physical and spiritual needs of locals as they 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.

    Art and Film on Campus

    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.

    Choosing Your Major

    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.

    Click on the name of any major below to learn more.

    • 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.
    • Film and Media Production
      Learn film, television, and video 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 these creative industries. Develop your understanding of visual storytelling as you become an expert in the technical and creative skills of Film and Media Production. Use your gifts in the film and television industry, in corporate media, in a ministry setting, or as an entrepreneur.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • Photography*
      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.

    *Indicates that the program is only a minor.

    Contact for Art Program

    Jamie Miles
    Art, Film & Media Department Co-Chair

    Laura Steveson
    Art, Film & Media Department Co-Chair

    Cindy Reishus
    Art Office Assistant

    Contact for Film Program

    Kathy Bruner
    Art, Film & Media Department Co-Chair

    Judy Kirkwood
    Program Assistant for Theatre & Film