Art programs are fairly common at Christian colleges throughout the country and typically offer a variety of art-related majors. The schools that offer these programs vary in size, denomination and other unique characteristics. Explore a handful of the Christian colleges with art programs here.
Students can study art at Christian schools that are affiliated with denominations like Presbyterian, Lutheran and Catholic. Compare a few of these schools and their undergraduate tuition rates below.
|School Name||Institution Type||Denomination||Location||Tuition (2017-2018)*|
|Huntington University||4-year, private not-for-profit||United Brethren Church||Huntington, IN||$25,540|
|Covenant College||4-year, private not-for-profit||The Presbyterian Church in America||Lookout Mountain, GA||$33,170|
|Pacific Lutheran University||4-year, private not-for-profit||Evangelical Lutheran Church||Tacoma, WA||$40,722|
|Wheaton College||4-year, private not-for-profit||Undenominational||Wheaton, IL||$35,190|
|Boston College||4-year, private not-for-profit||Roman Catholic||Chestnut Hill, MA||$53,346|
Source: *National Center for Education Statistics (NCES)
Description of Christian Colleges with Art Programs
Christian colleges most commonly offer art programs at the undergraduate level and usually provide one or more majors in the field. These schools also support students' spiritual lives through a variety of activities and organizations on campus. Here we discuss a few of the schools and their art programs in detail.
Huntington University in Indiana had close to 1,080 undergraduates in 2017, according to the NCES. The school's Department of Art and Design offers bachelor's degree programs in art education, studio art, fine arts and graphic design. Students in these programs take studio courses that include discussions and constructive criticism and help prepare their professional portfolio and/or senior exhibit throughout the program. The university promotes spiritual growth on campus through chapel services, mission opportunities, small groups, prayer events and volunteer service opportunities.
Georgia's Covenant College has a major in visual arts with available concentrations in graphic design, photography, 2-D arts, 3-D arts and art history. The visual arts program recently moved into a brand-new, 7,500-square-foot facility that allows students to receive hands-on technical skills and study the contemporary issues in art. Students on campus can grow spiritually through weekly chapel services, spiritual lectures and conferences and religious organizations, such as Fellowship of Christian Athletes (FCA). As of 2017, the NCES reported that the college had 1,030 undergraduate students.
Pacific Lutheran University
Spiritual life at Pacific Lutheran University in Washington includes chapel services, interfaith prayer spaces, pastoral care and spiritual organizations, like FCA, InterVarsity Christian Fellowship and Ignite. The NCES reported that in 2017, the university had close to 2,770 undergraduate students. Students interested in art can take art and design coursework and/or pursue bachelor's degree programs in art history, art education or studio arts (ceramics, sculpture, graphic design, painting, printmaking or photography). Students in these programs may complete a student portfolio and/or compete for departmental Artistic Achievement Awards (merit-based scholarships).
According to the NCES, Wheaton College in Illinois had around 2,390 undergraduate students in 2017. The college offers undergraduate majors in studio art, community art or art history. Students in these programs can benefit from/utilize four galleries on campus, art labs and studios and/or participate in internship and study off-campus experiences, including Wheaton-in-Chicago (studying urban art). Students can invest in their spiritual lives through chapel and worship services, spiritual care opportunities and discipleship ministries, such as discipleship small groups and family groups (Asian and Asian-American small groups).
Boston College in Massachusetts offers undergraduate degree programs in studio art, art history and film studies. Each program offers several field-specific study abroad opportunities, and students in studio art can further specialize in photography, ceramics, painting, drawing or mixed media. Spiritual life on campus consists of Mass, liturgy and sacraments, pastoral counseling, spiritual retreats, service immersions and faith-based groups, like Christian Life Community and Agape Latte (spiritual discussion). In 2017, the college had around 9,920 undergraduate students, per the NCES.