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Studio Art Major/Minor

Exploring Your Creative Gifts

Designed for fluidity, the Studio Art major allows you to experiment with a variety of mediums, develop your artistic voice, and pursue the artistic avenues best-suited to your creative gifts. You can explore every medium imaginable, from metal and wood to print and pottery.

In addition to studying and practicing art, you'll be introduced to the world of art exhibitions, galleries, and commissions as you share your artwork outside the studio. Studio Art majors refine their artistic skills and develop their personal style, while learning the ins and outs of the art world from practicing artists.

Filling in Your Canvas

Our core art courses build a solid foundation in the main branches of visual art, examining both contemporary art strategies and art history. You will explore 2D and 3D art mediums, choosing electives in printmaking, painting, drawing, photography, sculpture, ceramics, metalworking, and woodworking.

Students pursuing Studio Art degrees spend their senior years creating collections of works that will be displayed in galleries on and off campus. Throughout your time at Taylor, you will have opportunities to sell your work, gain commissions, and win awards.

Minor in Studio Art

Add a Studio Art minor to supplement any degree with an Art concentration. Choose the electives you are interested in and learn the basics of drawing, painting, ceramics, printmaking, or sculpture. A Studio Art minor is ideal for any student wanting to refine their creative skills. Develop your professional work to support a Professional Writing major, Graphic Art major, or Multimedia Journalism major.

Student Artwork

Metcalf Gallery

Studio 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

Special Programs
  • Systems Curriculum

    Giving you a competitive edge, Systems is an interdisciplinary program created to complement many degrees and strengthen analytical, technical, and critical thinking skills. Learn More

Related Majors and Related Minors

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


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