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Changing the world through art and design

We live in the most visual culture ever, and you want to be part of the picture. Trinity’s Art and Design programs will get you ready. Studio Art, Design, and Art Education programs at Trinity set students up for careers in visual culture by focusing on both creative skills and critical thinking. Using a Christian perspective, we introduce students to the theories and practices that structure the art world. Our students learn to explore how their work in visual culture can influence the world. Proximity to Chicago’s globally significant art and design scenes means that our students have access to artists and designers, world-renowned museums and galleries, and a wide range of internships. Trinity’s Seerveld Gallery brings the art world to campus. Significant artists from Chicago to the other side of the world interact with, influence, and inspire our students.

Whether you want to work as an art director, graphic designer, illustrator, museum or gallery curator, art therapist, independent studio artist, or art educator, an art and design degree from Trinity Christian College can help you realize your goals. To learn more about Trinity’s art and design program options, schedule an in-person or online campus visit today!

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Majors

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Art Education

If you have a passion for art and want to share that passion with students, a Bachelor of Arts degree in art education will get you ready for your calling.

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Art Studio (B.A.)

If you love to create art across different types of media, Trinity’s B.A. in art studio program will prepare you to pursue a career in design or advertising, or for continuing studies in graduate school.

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Art Studio (B.F.A.)

As a B.F.A in art student at Trinity, internships 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.

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Art Therapy (B.S.)

If you love art and want to help others, you can combine your passions with a degree in Art Therapy. Art therapists use drawing, painting, and other creative outlets to help children and adults deal with grief and loss.

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Digital Design (B.A.)

At Trinity, you can earn a Bachelor of Arts degree in digital design, or choose to minor in digital design. Studies in digital design combine art, art history, computer science, communication arts and business courses.

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Graphic Design (B.A.)

The world needs beautiful, practical designs—and a B.A. in graphic design from Trinity will get you ready to share your vision.

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Graphic Design (B.F.A.)

The world needs beautiful, practical designs—and a B.F.A. in graphic design from Trinity will get you ready to share your vision.

Minors

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Art History

With a minor in art history, you will gain a profound understanding of how culture, society and religion has influenced and reflected art through the ages. Your coursework will span the Renaissance through Abstract Expressionism.

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Art Studio

A minor in art studio prepares you to create across different types of media, from drawing, painting, photography or sculpture. It will prepare you to pursue a career in the field or graduate school.

Minor

Digital Design

At Trinity, you can choose to minor in digital design. Studies in digital design combine art, art history, computer science, communication arts and business courses.

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Minor

Graphic Design

The world needs beautiful, practical designs—and a minor in graphic design from Trinity will immerse you in art, art history, computer science, and communication arts.

Department Chair

Ryan Thompson

Professor of Art & Design; Department Chair
Phone: 708.239.4786    Email: ryan.thompson@trnty.edu

Thompson’s world view is based on the understanding that the world is broken, complicated by humanity’s sin. He takes seriously his responsibility as a Christian to promote renewal in work and life, bear witness to God’s grace, and encourage the exploration of belief, knowledge, and the physical world.