Christian Art Colleges in California

The state of California has many faith-based institutions that offer art degrees. Five of these colleges and universities are covered in detail in this article.

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These Christian art schools are located across California and allow students to complete degrees in both the fine and performing arts. They also offer opportunities to do so in spiritual environments that feature a variety of service opportunities and social clubs.

School Comparison

Students can choose from a variety of majors, such as visual arts and art history, at these institutions.

School Name Institution Type Denomination Location Undergraduate Tuition (2017-2018)*
Loyola Marymount University 4-year, Private not-for-profit Roman Catholic Los Angeles, CA $46,386
Saint Mary's College of California 4-year, Private not-for-profit Roman Catholic Moraga, CA $45,686
University of San Diego 4-year, Private not-for-profit Roman Catholic San Diego, CA $47,708
Pepperdine University 4-year, Private not-for-profit Churches of Christ Malibu, CA $51,992
University of San Francisco 4-year, Private not-for-profit Roman Catholic San Francisco, CA $46,250

Source: *National Center for Education Statistics

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Overview of California Christian Art Colleges

All of the schools featured incorporate the Christian faith into students' lives. Whether it is chapel services or spiritual retreats, students can strengthen their faith while earning an art degree.

Loyola Marymount University

Students at Loyola Marymount University can pursue a bachelor's degree in art history, recording arts, studio arts, and theatre arts. The university also offers a theatre arts master's degree program in performance pedagogy. Loyola has a wide range of organizations that may interest art students, such as an animation club, a screenwriting club, and a dance team. Students can attend worship services in one of the six chapels located on campus. NCES reports that 9,618 students attended Loyola in fall 2017.

Saint Mary's College of California

NCES lists a 2017 enrollment of 3,913 students for Saint Mary's College of California. The college offers bachelor's degrees, postbaccalaureate certificates, master's degrees, and doctoral degrees. Saint Mary's majors include art practice, history of art, art theory and criticism, and performing arts (dance, music, and theatre). Students can participate in a study abroad program during the fall and spring semesters, as well as the summer. Saint Mary's offers daily masses at 7:30 AM on weekdays, as well as Sunday mass at 11:00 AM.

University of San Diego

In fall 2017, the University of San Diego had a student population of 8,905, according to NCES. The university awards bachelor's through doctoral degrees. Students can pursue an art history bachelor's degree, which offers four concentrations: history of art, museum and curatorial practice, history and theory of architecture, and global history of modern and contemporary art and architecture. The university also offers a visual arts degree, with specializations in sculpture, drawing, painting, photography, printmaking, video, visual communications, and art/intermedia. Students can also double major in visual arts/art history or architecture/art history. The university offers many ways for students to explore their faith through faith formation programs, faith sharing groups, and service opportunities. On Sunday evenings, two Eucharistic liturgies are offered in the university's chapel.

Pepperdine University

Located in a suburban area, Pepperdine University also awards bachelor's through doctoral degrees. Pepperdine had 7,710 students attending at the start of the 2017-2018 school year, per NCES. Art students have the choice of majoring in art, art history, theatre arts, or theatre and media production. There are also minors in art, art history, and multimedia design. Pepperdine emphasizes the Christian faith in all aspects, with spiritual life advisors available in residence halls, weekly convocation services, and wilderness retreats.

University of San Francisco

At the University of San Francisco, students can complete their bachelor's degree in art history/art management, performing arts and social justice, and fine arts. Minors are offered in art history/art management and fine arts. Students can pursue their passion for art outside of the classroom with organizations like the American Institute of Graphic Arts, an art history student association, and an urban photography club. The university's Joan and Ralph Lane Center for Catholic Studies and Social Thought focuses on analyzing social issues through the lens of Catholic faith. As of fall 2017, the university had 11,603 students attending, as listed on NCES.

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