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Graphic Art Major

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The Graphic Art major is for students who enjoy expressing ideas visually and would like to pursue a career in commercial art—whether graphic design, digital art, illustration, animation, or photography. Whether in print or online, strong and effective visual communicators are always in demand.

Taylor’s art courses require experimentation and hands-on work as you put artistic principles and theories into action. You’ll build a professional portfolio as you learn to use art to effectively communicate messages, stories, and ideas. As a Graphic Art major, you’ll also gain foundational art skills and develop your artistic voice, while learning to harness it to communicate thoughts and ideas.

Concentrated Art Studies

All Art students take courses within a core Art curriculum. These courses give you a well-rounded view of art, building a solid foundation in drawing, 2D art, 3D design, art history, and faith integration for the rest of the Art program. You will produce work for clients, develop expertise in Adobe Creative Suite (Photoshop, Illustrator, InDesign), and apply visual communication principles to project-based classes. Seniors showcase their compiled portfolios beside their best works at an exhibition in Metcalf Gallery. The core art classes prepare students to branch out into more specific areas of study, and every student pursuing a degree in Graphic Art degree chooses one of the following concentrations:

  • Design
    With a Graphic Art — Design concentration, your classes will focus on typography, editorial design, layout, prepress, branding, packaging design, web design, and web animation.
  • Illustration
    Students interested in a Graphic Art — Illustration concentration focus on drawing, painting, storyboarding, visual voice, and visual narrative. Illustration students will study and practice how to tell stories visually, learn character development techniques, and experiment with a variety of digital and tangible mediums, from water-based media to Adobe Illustrator.
  • Photography
    With a Graphic Art — Photography concentration, you will focus on portraiture, product and food photography, photo illustration, photojournalism, and experimental photography, as well as digital tool and darkroom techniques.

Graphic Art Curriculum & Degree Options

Contact for Art Program

Jonathan Bouw, Art, Film & Media Department Co-Chair

Kathy Herrmann, Art, Film & Media Department Co-Chair

Kim Hapner, Art Program Assistant

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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, Film & Media department means not only building artistic skills but also strengthening your understanding of the significance of art and media and the role it can play in the world beyond studio and classroom.

Art and film are not limited to beautiful pictures; they tell tales, make statements, and pursue truth through visual storytelling. By choosing an Art or Film major at Taylor, you will be offered several avenues to pursue your passion for beauty and creative storytelling, whether your interest lies in filmmaking, media production, graphic design, photography, or illustration.

Crafting Your Future
Career Opportunities

Our students successfully compete with art and film school graduates for high-profile positions. As a student in this program, you will develop excellent technical and conceptual skills for graphic design, cinematography, photography, studio, or art education. You will also come away from the program with a professional portfolio of work.

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

Our Film graduates work in Hollywood, corporate media, education, advertising and marketing agencies, not-for-profits, and ministry organizations, including USC Film School, NBC Universal, Revo Brand Group, Walt Disney Imagineering, Warner Brother’s Entertainment, HBO Sports, Samaritan’s Purse, and more. Our alumni also have worked on movies and television shows, such as Lincoln, The Hunger Games: Catching Fire, The Internship, Chicago PD, October Baby, The Good Wife, and Key and Peele.

As distinguished groups, both our Art and Film graduates are regularly sought after by alumni and employers. The Art and Film 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% and film students 91%, you have no reason to worry about finding post-graduation jobs, internships, or graduate school placements.

Learn more about Taylor University placement rates.

Grad Programs

Although attending an art school, film school, or graduate school after Taylor is not required to enter these industries, some alumni have done so to further their expertise or to prepare them for teaching in the field. A few examples include:

  • American Film Institute Directing Program
  • Ball State University
  • Baylor University
  • Boston University Film & Television
  • Florida State University Film School
  • Fuller Theological Seminary
  • Notre Dame University
  • Regent University
  • UCLA Screenwriting Program
  • University of Southern California Film School

Learn more about Taylor University’s Art and Film philosophy.

Faculty & Staff
Department Heads

Jonathan Bouw

Department Co-Chair & Professor of Art


Kathy Bruner

Art, Film & Media Department Co-Chair & Assistant Professor of Film & Media Production


Kathy Herrmann

Department Co-Chair & Assistant Professor of Art



Stephen Bailey

Assistant Professor of Film & Media Production


John Bruner

Assistant Professor of Film & Media Production


Ryan James

Assistant Professor of Art


Jamie Miles II

Assistant Professor of Art


Rachel Smith

Professor of Art & Gilkison Chair



Kim Hapner

Art Department Program Assistant


Judy Kirkwood

Program Assistant for Theatre & Film