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Christian Art Colleges and Schools in the U.S.

Christian art colleges allow students to earn undergraduate and graduate studio arts degrees in an academic environment that supports their religious beliefs. Prospective students can earn bachelor's or master's degrees with concentrations in digital media, graphic design, film, photography, or animation.

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An undergraduate degree program in studio or fine art generally leads to a Bachelor of Arts (BA) or a Bachelor of Fine Arts (BFA), which takes 4-5 years to complete. Some universities also offer 3-year Master of Fine Arts (MFA) programs.

10 Christian Art Schools

These Christian colleges offer degrees in art:

College/University Location Institution Type Degrees Offered Tuition and Fees (2015-2016)*
Biola University La Mirada, CA 4-year, Private Bachelor's degree $34,498
Judson University Elgin, IL 4-year, Private Bachelor's degree $28,170
Messiah College Mechanicsburg, PA 4-year, Private Bachelor's degree $32,240
Indiana Wesleyan University Marion, IN 4-year, Private Bachelor's degree $24,728
Oklahoma Baptist University Shawnee, OK 4-year, Private Bachelor's degree $24,000
Oral Roberts University Tulsa, OK 4-year, Private Bachelor's degree $24,792
Palm Beach Atlantic University West Palm Beach, FL 4-year, Private Bachelor's degree $27,150
Huntington University Huntington, IN 4-year, Private Bachelor's degree $24,822
Trinity Christian College Palos Heights, IL 4-year, Private Bachelor's degree $26,665
Union University Jackson, TN 4-year, Private Bachelor's degree $29,190

Sources: *National Center for Education Statistics

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  • Weaving and Textile Arts

College Selection Criteria

Prospective art students might want to keep the following characteristics in mind when looking for their ideal program:

  • Students looking for a comprehensive Christian art education might consider looking for schools that offer both bachelor's and master's degrees and facilitate articulation between the two programs.
  • Prospective students may want to find out if the school offers gallery space or regular art exhibitions where students can display their work
  • It can be helpful to find out about the school's art studio facilities, in order to ensure that students have access to high-quality materials.
  • It is important to find out a school's religious denomination and whether or not it accords with your beliefs and values.

Bachelor's Degree Programs

In undergraduate art programs at Christian universities, aspiring artists take conceptual courses in art history and critical theory alongside studio-based courses in which they develop their skills in drawing, painting, ceramics, photography and other subfields. Many programs culminate in a senior exhibition of work in the student's area of specialization. In addition, students must complete a core set of general education requirements. At Christian universities, this may include one or more courses in religion.

Master's Degree Programs

In Master of Fine Arts (MFA) programs, graduate students have the chance to hone their skills in a particular medium or discipline, such as painting, printmaking, sculpture, photography, performance or new media. These programs usually take three years to complete. Although specific Christian coursework is not usually required, Christian schools provide an environment in which students often have the same religious beliefs as their peers. There may also be Christian student groups on campus that master's degree students can join.

Students can pursue art degrees at many Christian universities around the country, either at the undergraduate of graduate level. Those planning to enroll should consider the specific Christian denomination the school supports, as well as art studio quality and display opportunities.

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