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Art and Design Department


Jeffery Carl, Department Chair

G.E. Colpitts, Terrance Wandtke, Lauren Meranda, Laurie Culshaw, Melanie Gibb, David Willett, Reyvan Rafii, Juan Fernandez


Develop creative professionals who shape the world through exceptional work, courageous exploration, and community engagement.


Excellence. Opportunity. Community.


Students in the Art and Design Department will:

  • Develop Formal and Analytical Abilities
    Develop the formal and analytical skills needed to craft articulate and expressive visual forms
  • Embrace the Creative Process
    Learn to explore and assess multiple solutions through structured creative processes
  • Integrate History, Theory, and the Liberal Arts
    Integrate ideas from the historical development of visual culture, and other disciplines, into creative practice
  • Gain Professional Experience
    Pursue ‘real world’ experiences to grow in their discipline and serve God in their communities


Formal and Analytical Abilities

  • Objectively see and interpret the physical world
  • Become proficient with manual tools, techniques, and materials used to form 2D objects (drawing, painting, printmaking, etc.)
  • Become proficient with manual tools, techniques, and materials used to form 3D objects, both sculptural and functional
  • Learn the fundamentals of digital media (Adobe CC, HTML, CSS, etc.)
  • 5. Become proficient with the manual functions of a DSLR camera
  • Learn to organize information into a graphic and typographic visual system
  • Learn the fundamentals of print-based design and production

Creative Process

  • Thoughtfully apply 2D compositional elements and principles
  • Thoughtfully apply 3D compositional elements and principles
  • Develop formal solutions through iterative processes involving thoughtfully applied skills, divergent exploration, and critical analysis
  • Develop conceptual solutions through iterative processes involving research, divergent exploration, and critical analysis
  • Learn to hear, offer, and effectively respond to constructive criticism
  • Develop a user-based, audience mindset

Historical and Theoretical Knowledge

  • Acquire a working knowledge of the technological and creative evolution of art, design, photography, and film
  • Think critically about the cultural dynamics of creative works
  • Recognize the conceptual relationships between various forms of visual and material culture, including the liberal arts
  • Understand how other disciplines interact with, affect, and spur the development of creative fields

Professional Practice

  • Develop a personal point of view and learn how to present it publicly in an engaging and articulate manner
  • Learn professional practices in creative fields (portfolio and resume development, documentation of creative works, interview skills, presentation, etc.)
  • Manage a complex project through all stages of a production process (direction, schedules, materials, finances, etc.)
  • Develop a cohesive body of professional quality creative work
  • Define a career path that recognizes the potential of their chosen discipline to serve God, and others.

Art, Design, Architecture and Interior Design Handbook Supplement

Details of the above and other program policies and procedures are outlined in the Art, Design and Architecture Supplement to the Judson University Student Handbook.



  • 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.


  • 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.


  • 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.


  • 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.





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