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Pre-Art Therapy Major/Minor

A Sketch of Art-Therapy

The interdisciplinary Pre-Art Therapy program, which combines core psychology courses with a broad range of art and art education classes, is designed to teach you about the therapeutic uses of art and how to lead others in artistic exercises. You'll gain experience with a variety of artistic mediums, from drawing to ceramics, learn how to teach art techniques, and take psychology classes that cover everything from lifespan development to mental disorders.

Taylor’s Bachelor’s in Pre-Art Therapy is a pre-professional degree that paves the way toward continued study for a Master's Degree in Art Therapy. You will build a psychological understanding of people and their varying needs for therapy, as well as learn how to make art accessible to others through art education classes. Art courses focus on drawing, painting, photography, two- and three-dimensional design, and ceramics.

Every Pre-Art Therapy student completes at least one practicum and is strongly encouraged to take additional psychology courses in psychological counseling, psychology research, and data analysis.

Student Artwork

Metcalf Gallery

Pre-Art Therapy Curriculum & Degree Options

Contact for Art Program

Jonathan Bouw, Art, Film & Media Department Co-Chair
765-998-4624
jnbouw@taylor.edu

Kathy Herrmann, Art, Film & Media Department Co-Chair
765-998-4686
ktherrmann@taylor.edu

Kim Hapner, Art Program Assistant
765-998-5322
kmhapner@taylor.edu

Special Programs

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 Head

Jonathan Bouw

Department Co-Chair & Professor of Art

jnbouw@taylor.edu

Kathy Bruner

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

ktbruner@taylor.edu

Kathy Herrmann

Department Co-Chair & Assistant Professor of Art

ktherrmann@taylor.edu

Faculty

Stephen Bailey

Assistant Professor of Film & Media Production

stbailey@taylor.edu

John Bruner

Assistant Professor of Film & Media Production

jhbruner@taylor.edu

Ryan James

Assistant Professor of Art

ryjames@taylor.edu

Jamie Miles II

Assistant Professor of Art

jmmiles@taylor.edu

Rachel Smith

Professor of Art & Gilkison Chair

rcsmith@taylor.edu

Adjunct
Staff

Kim Hapner

Art Department Program Assistant

kmhapner@taylor.edu

Judy Kirkwood

Program Assistant for Theatre & Film

jdkirkwood@taylor.edu