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Art Department offering new digital design course

  • By: Lindsay Robinson
  • Published: Feb 9, 2015 4:30PM

Taylor University’s Art Department is upgrading equipment and introducing a new digital medium for graphic design students thanks to a generous gift from the family of senior art student Tim Miller.

The unsolicited donation of $50,000 was presented during Fall 2013 by Miller’s parents, Keith and Elaine, in honor of Keith’s late mother who had a passion for art, in order to benefit current and future art students.

The Art Department has since used the gift to purchase equipment that will enhance their students’ learning experiences.

This spring, the department will offer a digital graphic design course utilizing recently purchased graphics tablets. Students will learn to draw and design using a pressure-sensitive digital pen, touch screen and advanced editing software.

The department also bought new equipment for their sculpture and photography studios, including professional grade camera bodies, lenses, lighting equipment, camera cases along with hand-tools and implements for working with metal and wood.

These purchases will benefit Taylor’s art students long after graduation.

“It will give them access to equipment that is professional grade that they have not been able to access yet or has been in very short supply,” said Department Co-Chair and Professor of Art Jonathan Bouw. “When they leave Taylor, they’ll have actually used high-end equipment.”