Top Christian Art Colleges

Aug 02, 2018

Students interested in the arts have their choice of Christian schools that offer creative degrees. These schools provide students with the opportunity to earn their degree in a spiritual environment.

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Selecting the right college can be a daunting choice. Five schools that ranked high on the 2018 U.S. News & World Report are outlined below for students interested in art.

Christian Art Schools Comparison

These Christian art schools offer several majors to choose from, as well as student organizations that are dedicated to the arts.

School Name Institution Type Location Denomination In-State Tuition (2017-2018)*
Lee University 4-year, Private not-for-profit Cleveland, TN Church of God $16,730
Bob Jones University 4-year, Private for-profit Greenville, SC Not Applicable $16,500
Bluffton University 4-year, Private not-for-profit Bluffton, OH Mennonite Church $31,672
Bethel University 4-year, Private not-for-profit Saint Paul, MN Baptist $36,210
Dordt College 4-year, Private not-for-profit Sioux Center, IA Christian Reformed Church $30,000

Source: *NCES College Navigator

Overview of Schools

The schools profiled below offer majors ranging from visual art education to graphic design. Each school provides chapel services, as well as ways for students to get involved in workshop activities.

Lee University

Lee University took the 48th spot in the 2018 U.S. News & World Report Regional Universities South category. The university had 5,370 students attending for the 2017 school year, as listed on NCES. Students at Lee have two art choices for their bachelor's degree: an emphasis in graphic design or studio art. In addition, the school has a Bachelor of Science in Art for the K-12 teacher licensure program. Optional activities include an art club. Lee focuses on corporate worship, with four types of chapel services offered on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 10:40-11:30 AM. The university requires that all students attend at least 70% of these services during each semester.

Bob Jones University

Students can earn certificates, associate's, bachelor's, master's, and doctoral degrees at Bob Jones University. Those interested in art can pursue a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Studio Art. In 2018, U.S. News & World Report ranked Bob Jones 61st in the Regional Universities South group. NCES reported that the school had a student population of 2,916 for the fall 2017 semester. Worship activities at Bob Jones include chapel services, discipleship groups in the dorms, and an annual Bible conference. Art students have the opportunity to showcase their work in on-campus exhibits.

Bluffton University

According to NCES, Bluffton University had 815 students in fall 2017. The university offers a variety of art-focused majors, including art with teaching licensure, graphic design, art and writing, and pre-art therapy. Students can also minor in art or graphic design. In 2018, the U.S. News & World Report ranked Bluffton 27th in the Regional Universities Midwest category. At Bluffton, chapel services are optional and allow student involvement. The university also has a service group that sponsors off-campus community activities, as well as student ministry assistants that provide mentoring and peer counseling.

Bethel University

Bethel University received the 11th spot in the Regional Universities Midwest group in the 2018 U.S. News & World Report. The university had 3,797 students enrolled as of fall 2017, as per NCES. Options for art degrees include a bachelor's in art, visual arts education K-12, and graphic design. Minors in art and graphic design are also offered. Faith-centric activities like a Sunday evening service allow students to explore and strengthen their faith. There's also a chapel, spiritual resources office and a number of outreach opportunities.

Dordt College

Students at Dordt College can complete a Bachelor of Arts in Art and Design, with the option to specialize in fine art studio, graphic design, education, and art history. NCES listed a 2017 student population of 1,533. The college was ranked 8th in the Regional Colleges Midwest group in the 2018 edition of U.S. News & World Report. Dordt students can join activities like the Monday morning coffee club or students without borders cross-culture club. Chapel services are held on Wednesdays from 11:00-11:40 AM. The college also holds student-led praise and worship sessions on Thursdays at 10 PM.

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