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Program Overview

Would you like to develop your skills, deepen your ideas, and sharpen your creative edge?

Our 55-credit BA in Art offers the opportunity to add a minor or a second major for those considering art therapy, art entrepreneurship, or another interdisciplinary line of study. The program culminates in the development of a personal body of work that develops from initial research to final exhibition over two semesters.

We offer the same professional, comprehensive studio art program you would expect to find in a large public university in a small, Christian environment.

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Why Art at Judson?


Our scenic riverside campus makes a beautiful home, and the museums, galleries, and design studios of Chicago are within easy reach.

Tools & Resources

You will benefit from access to:

  • Adobe Creative Cloud
  • Studios for drawing, painting and ceramics
  • Photography studio with a green screen and dark room
  • Digital labs with laser, large-format, and risograph printers
  • Use of laser cutters and 3D printers
  • Printmaking and Letterpress studios
  • Individual studio spaces for upper-level students

Alumni Network

Art & Design alumni stay connected to mentor current students.

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Art & Design Department

Learn more about the other programs offered in the Art & Design Department.

World Class Facilities

All Art & Design courses are taught in the 88,000 square foot, LEED Gold Certified Harm A. Weber Academic Center. You will have access to drawing, painting, and ceramics studios, individual studio spaces and much more. As one of the most energy-efficient buildings of its kind in North America, the Weber Center sets a lofty bar for environmental stewardship.

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Jeffery Carl
Art & Design Department Chair and Professor

Student Work

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Get Real World Experience

The Art program requires an internship during your senior year. Judson students have interned at places like:

  • Milwaukee Art Museum
  • Rockford Art Museum
  • Catalog Photo Studios
  • Print Shops

What Can You Do with an Art Degree?

Judson graduates from the Art program have gone on to work as:

  • Artists
  • K-12 Educators
  • University Professors
  • Art Therapists
  • Photographers
  • Entrepreneurs

Studio Art grads often also pursue graduate school, at places like:

  • Cranbrook Academy of Art
  • Rhode Island School of Design
  • Art Institute of Chicago
  • University of Wisconsin-Madison

The Draewell Gallery

Our on campus not-for-profit gallery exhibits local and national artists with the goals of fostering an appreciation for the arts on campus through visual engagement and the creation of public dialogue regarding issues important to Judson’s core mission.

Each spring, seniors in our art, design, and architecture programs present their final projects in a professional gallery setting.

Find Success at Judson

One of the most rewarding moments in my life was attending Judson. The foundational principles the Department of Art & Design uses in nurturing its student’s professional calling, primed me for where I am today as an artist. I steadily developed under a robust learning curve that was rooted in problem solving, sustainability, and the symbiosis of faith and practice. A rare gem among today’s western academic education.”
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CONRAD EGYIRBA in Art, 2015 MFA in Painting, Cranbrook Academy of Art, 2018 Conrad’s work was featured in Beyonce’s 2020 film Black is King