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The mission statement of the Department of Art is to prepare servant leader art students for a professional career in the visual arts and to offer avenues of creative fulfillment for all students of the university. This aim is to be accomplished through the pursuit of excellence and artistic achievement within a Christian context.

The goals of the visual art program are to enable the students to develop skills and understanding in the foundations and principles of art, gain knowledge of historical and contemporary art, develop aesthetic judgment, and creatively produce and use their artistic abilities on the basis of mature Christian ethics.

Offering a wide variety of work areas, the program provides practical experience in drawing, painting, design, pedagogy of art, sculpture, crafts, visual communication, art history, advertising, photography, museum studies, studio art, and internships. The program also maintains a permanent collection of outstanding works by students. In addition to student art shows, professional artworks and professional artists are also featured.

Courses with no prerequisites are open to all students regardless of ability or previous training. The program recommends taking additional advanced hours as art electives if the student plans to enter graduate school in art.

The goals for those granted a bachelor's degree in art are:

Educational Goals

To enable students to:

  • Cultivate a broad knowledge of the history and visual arts fundamentals.
  • Gain experience in two- and three-dimensional art.
  • Develop a workable knowledge of many art fields so the student can develop artistically as well as make a living.
  • Have training in the cutting edge of art.
  • Present a portfolio and senior exhibition at the highest artistic level possible.

Ministry Goals


To enable students to:

  • Prepare how to deal with challenges in art and culture without compromising faith.
  • Have opportunities to experience and share ideas on how to use art in Christianity and society.
  • Establish a servant leadership presence within the Christian and secular art world.

Jury of Artwork and Portfolio Review. The portfolio will be received for review  before the senior exhibit is to be presented. The exhibit should exemplify quality, good judgment and taste that is consistent with DBU's Christian message and the Department of Art mission statement. It is essential to continuously prepare the portfolio with samples of the best work to show potential clients, art directors, agencies, and any person interested in your work.

Critiques and Exhibits.
Critique sessions throughout the course of study will enable the student to share work with other class members and participate in discussion regarding artwork. Constructive criticism and positive, helpful observations will be shared with one another. Selected work should be completed, neatly presented, and prepared for exhibition. Three-dimensional work should be prepared for exhibit with an appropriate base support.

Internship in Art.
This is designed to give the student actual field experiences in art. Through the professional cooperation of area art agencies, museums, galleries, studios, and schools, the student will report to a place of employment for a minimum of 90 hours per semester over a 15-week period. This opportunity gives the student a transitional experience between academics and the reality of the work environment in the specialized areas of art in which he/she is considering for a career.

Senior Solo Exhibition. Each graduating senior is required to present a Senior Show of original artwork, digital portfolio, and an Artist Talk. It should exemplify the best efforts in excellence in every aspect. All art should be carefully selected, prepared, and presented. The work presented may be from any phase of your life as long as it is original. One artwork is to be given to the Art Department for the permanent collection.

Art Scholarships. Art scholarships require the application form, letters of recommendation, portfolio review, and interview. They are based on art demonstration, future potential, commitment to the Department of Art, and need.

The Art Major

The Basic Core of the Art Major is fulfilled by completing 24 hours: Design I, Design II, Drawing I, Drawing II, Art History Survey I, Art History Survey II, The Arts and the Creative Process, and completing the Senior Capstone in Art. The Senior Exhibition and Portfolio Presentation are required for graduation. Check the DBU catalog that you entered the University under for class and graduating requirements


The major area of art concentration requires 15 credit hours. Students are encouraged to determine the art degree emphasis from: Advertising and Visual Communication, Art History/Museum Studies, Drawing and Painting, Photography, or Studio Art. Art Majors have a basic art core of 24 credit hours and can choose between a BA or BS degree. In addition, the art degree must contain six upper level art electives. At least 21 of the total 45 art hours must be upper level.

Six additional credit hours of upper level art electives are required to fulfill degree requirements. These upper level art electives should represent and strengthen the art degree concentration.

Sufficient electives are required to complete 120-credit-hour minimum for the bachelor's degree, including 42 upper-level credit hours. Art courses, a concentrated minor in another course of study, or other university courses may be selected.

Art Minor  No senior exhibition required

A.      ART 1301 OR 1302 (Design I or II)   3 hours

B.      ART 1303 (Drawing I)                    3 hours

C.      ART Electives                                    12 hours

             Total (Minimum 9 hr. upper level)   18 hours required

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