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Art Education Major

The Art of Education

If you are drawn to art and teaching should consider combining your passions with Taylor’s Bachelor of Science in Art Education degree. Art Education will develop your ability to teach various aspects of artistic expression to grades Preschool-12, inspiring the next generation to love and appreciate the arts through art history, fundamentals, and practice.

Splitting your time between the Modelle-Metcalf Visual Arts Center and the lower level of Euler, you will create a diverse range of artwork while learning the skills of managing a classroom. Over your four years at Taylor, you will develop your creative skills and pass them on to the next generation.

Focused Learning

Through Art Education, you will take basic education courses, such as educational psychology and classroom management, and apply them to drawing, painting, graphic design, ceramics, photography, sculpture, and printmaking.

Every Art Education student completes one semester of full-time teaching during their senior year. The semester is split between placements in two different schools, teaching different grade levels. In your final year, you will develop a senior thesis and create an exhibition of your original collection of work. This program leads to a licensure in grades Preschool-12 approved by the Indiana Department of Education and accredited by the National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education (NCATE).

Art as Service

Community art service is required for Art Education majors and offers students a chance to use their artistic skills to give back to the local community. Service experiences involve teaching art lessons to at-risk students, working with local school programs, providing art activities for various school functions, and painting murals on various buildings in downtown Upland. Our Art Education majors are involved in several community programs. Some of these include After School Art, Summer Fine Art Camp, and private art lessons with children in Grant County.

Art Education Curriculum & Degree Options

Contact for Art Program

Jonathan Bouw, Art, Film & Media Department Co-Chair

Kathy Herrmann, Art, Film & Media Department Co-Chair

Kim Hapner, Art Program Assistant

Special Programs
  • Special Education

    Expand your education opportunities by adding a Mild Intervention certification to your degree. This Preschool-12 Special Education certificate allows Education majors to work with a broad range of students who have mild to moderate special needs. Learn More

  • Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages - TESOL

    Develop the skills to teach English as a second language to a diverse range of students. Complete the TESOL program with a significant amount of practical experience that will set you up for success. Learn More

Art, Film & Media Department
The Art of Visual Storytelling

Because God made us in His image, we are designed to create and appreciate beauty as He does. Joining Taylor’s Art, Film & Media department means not only building artistic skills but also strengthening your understanding of the significance of art and media and the role it can play in the world beyond studio and classroom.

Art and film are not limited to beautiful pictures; they tell tales, make statements, and pursue truth through visual storytelling. By choosing an Art or Film major at Taylor, you will be offered several avenues to pursue your passion for beauty and creative storytelling, whether your interest lies in filmmaking, media production, graphic design, photography, or illustration.

Crafting Your Future
Career Opportunities

Our students successfully compete with art and film school graduates for high-profile positions. As a student in this program, you will develop excellent technical and conceptual skills for graphic design, cinematography, photography, studio, or art education. You will also come away from the program with a professional portfolio of work.

Our Art graduates currently serve as art educators, freelancers, videographers, graphic artists, photographers, producers, and studio artists (sculptors, ceramists, painters). Art students have gone to work at companies and publications such as The New Yorker, Tyndale Publishers, The Discovery Channel, and Wired Magazine.

Our Film graduates work in Hollywood, corporate media, education, advertising and marketing agencies, not-for-profits, and ministry organizations, including USC Film School, NBC Universal, Revo Brand Group, Walt Disney Imagineering, Warner Brother’s Entertainment, HBO Sports, Samaritan’s Purse, and more. Our alumni also have worked on movies and television shows, such as Lincoln, The Hunger Games: Catching Fire, The Internship, Chicago PD, October Baby, The Good Wife, and Key and Peele.

As distinguished groups, both our Art and Film graduates are regularly sought after by alumni and employers. The Art and Film faculty and the Calling and Career Office also have many connections to assist graduates in finding industry careers. Because art students have a success rate of 99% and film students 91%, you have no reason to worry about finding post-graduation jobs, internships, or graduate school placements.

Learn more about Taylor University placement rates.

Grad Programs

Although attending an art school, film school, or graduate school after Taylor is not required to enter these industries, some alumni have done so to further their expertise or to prepare them for teaching in the field. A few examples include:

  • American Film Institute Directing Program
  • Ball State University
  • Baylor University
  • Boston University Film & Television
  • Florida State University Film School
  • Fuller Theological Seminary
  • Notre Dame University
  • Regent University
  • UCLA Screenwriting Program
  • University of Southern California Film School

Learn more about Taylor University’s Art and Film philosophy.

Faculty & Staff
Department Heads

Jonathan Bouw

Department Co-Chair & Professor of Art


Kathy Bruner

Art, Film & Media Department Co-Chair & Assistant Professor of Film & Media Production


Kathy Herrmann

Department Co-Chair & Assistant Professor of Art



Stephen Bailey

Assistant Professor of Film & Media Production


John Bruner

Assistant Professor of Film & Media Production


Ryan James

Assistant Professor of Art


Jamie Miles II

Assistant Professor of Art


Rachel Smith

Professor of Art & Gilkison Chair



Kim Hapner

Art Department Program Assistant


Judy Kirkwood

Program Assistant for Theatre & Film