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Art and Design Department



Jeffery Carl, Department Chair

 G.E. Colpitts, Lauren Meranda, Terrance Wandtke, Laurie Culshaw, Melanie Gibb, David Willett, Stephanie Chambers, Timothy Compton

Goals & Objectives:

The Department of Art and Design provides avenues for study in a variety of creative disciplines. Our goals are for students to:

  1. Acquire the formal skills and analytic abilities required for their chosen discipline.
  2. Develop a rich working knowledge of historical and theoretical precedents they can regularly apply to their current work.
  3. Embrace conceptual challenges through intentional creative processes that result in articulate and expressive visual forms.
  4. Pursue careers and further study where they can develop and employ their creative abilities in serving God and the communities in which they live.
  5. Integrate the liberal arts with creative thinking, processes, and skills. Further, as we are all created in the image of God, and are therefore all creative beings, the Department is committed to deepening the aesthetic experience for all Judson students.

The objectives of the Department of Art and Design are that each student will:

Formal and Analytical

  1. Objectively see and creatively interpret the physical world.
  2. Understand and thoughtfully use 2D compositional elements and principles.
  3. Become proficient with manual tools, techniques, and materials used to form 2D objects (drawing, painting, printmaking, etc.).
  4. Understand and thoughtfully use 3D compositional elements and principles.
  5. Become proficient with manual tools, techniques, and materials used to form 3D objects, both sculptural and functional.
  6. Learn the fundamentals of digital media (Adobe CS, After Effects, HTML coding, etc.).
  7. Become proficient with the manual functions of an SLR camera.
  8. Become proficient with digital film and video camera operations.
  9. Learn to hear, offer, and effectively enact constructive criticism.
  10. Learn to organize information into a graphic and typographic visual system.
  11. Learn the fundamentals of print based design and production.

Historical and Theoretical

  1. Understand both simple and complex technologies used in the preproduction, production, and postproduction of film, photography, and various design applications.
  2. Acquire a working knowledge of the technological and creative evolution of art, design, photography and film in order to become think critically about the cultural dynamics of creative works.
  3. Develop a broad sense of visual theory in order to recognize conceptual relationships between all forms of visual and material culture.
  4. Gain a critical appreciation of the formal workings of film as a medium, including dramatic principles, video and audio design, and editing.


  1. Develop an audience, or user-based, mindset.
  2. Understand creative works as both synthetic media and inspired forms.
  3. Develop conceptual solutions through iterative processes involving research, divergent exploration, thoughtful application of skills, and critical analysis.
  4. Develop a personal point of view and learn how to present it publicly in an engaging and articulate manner.


  1. Learn basic professional practices in the creative fields, such as portfolio and resume development, documenting creative works, interviewing, etc.
  2. Manage a complex project through all steps of a production process, including scheduling, materials, personnel, finances, etc.
  3. Develop a cohesive body of professional quality creative work.
  4. Define a career path that recognizes the potential of their chosen discipline to shape the world, and to serve God and others.

ART AND DESIGN MAJORS (4-year Bachelor Degree):

  • ART (B.A):
    • If you are interested in arts management, art therapy, or another creative combination of disciplines, our 55 credit-hour Bachelor of Arts (BA) program will give you the flexibility to add a minor or second major in areas such as Marketing, Psychology, or Worship Arts. 
    • Are you interested in developing your own photography practice? Through our 79 credit-hour Bachelor of Fine Arts (BFA) program with a concentration in Photography you’ll develop art and design fundamentals while exploring both conceptual and commercial approaches to digital and darkroom photography.
    • Do you like solving problems through the creative process? Our 79 credit-hour Bachelor of Fine Arts (BFA) program in Graphic Design will help you develop the knowledge and skills needed to succeed in print, package, web, installation, and multi-media design. An internship experience after the second year and our active student chapter of AIGA: The Professional Association for Design will connect you to career launching opportunities.
  • STUDIO ART (B.F.A):  
    • Would you like to develop your skills, deepen your ideas, and sharpen your creative edge? Our 79 credit-hour Bachelor of Fine Arts (BFA) program in Studio Art will prepare you for professional practice, graduate study, and other career options in fine art such as museum and gallery work.



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