If you want to study art, go where the art is. Chicago’s internationally recognized art and design scenes are an extension of our classrooms. Explore Chicago’s exciting galleries, museums, and studios under the guidance of professors whose work is in those galleries and collections. First hand encounters with artists and designers in Chicago will prepare you for your role as an artist, designer, or art educator in the always evolving contemporary art world.
Our major programs — art studio in fine art, art studio in graphic design, art education — and minors in art studio, graphic design, and art history provide an exceptional education to meet your career goals. The art studio programs prepare students who plan to attend graduate programs in fine art, or pursue a career in design or advertising. Art education is for students who plan to teach art.
As an art student, you will gain real-world experience through internships that provide practical preparation for your career. Specializations in the fine arts will help you focus on your talents. Built on the creative and intellectual foundation of the fine arts, the art department also offers concentrations in courses that can lead to graduate school in fine art or careers in the graphic arts. The program culminates with an internship and an exhibition in the College gallery.
Trinity’s Seerveld Gallery, in our new 44,000 square foot state-of-the-art facility, is an intersection between the College and the contemporary art world. You will meet artists from Chicago, New York, and elsewhere whose work and ideas will help you understand the nature of art in our time.
Artists are critical interpreters of culture. At Trinity, you will learn that artists shape and critique our culture. As an artist, you will have the opportunity to make an impact on culture with your Christian values and perspectives. Students start that process in our student gallery and in internships in the Chicago region.
Trinity art graduates are among the best in the profession entering top graduate schools and winning regional, national, and international awards in design. Trinity’s art graduates work for studios, galleries, museums, in advertising agencies, design firms — the demand for designers continues to grow with the development of new technologies — and photography studios, and are employed as teachers across the Midwest.
God’s gift of vision is neither incidental nor neutral. Vision shapes and is shaped by our understanding of the world. In Western culture, visual imagery has once again become a primary medium for the exchange of ideas and the discussion of its values. From paintings and photographs to Facebook and YouTube, this trend is intensifying. Developing and redeeming this visual discussion is the essence of both a Reformed worldview and the art department’s area of responsibility in the College’s mission. The art department sees its scholarship and teaching as two means to the same end, i.e., participating in the public square through the venues provided in fine art and design in order to unfold visual experience and influence the culture toward God’s gentle rule.