501 College Avenue
Wheaton, IL 60187
Undergraduate Enrollment: 2,400
Graduate Enrollment: 500
Art & Design Program
Students Enrolled: 70
Graduates per Year: 12
North Central Association of Colleges and Schools
John Walford, Ph.D.
B.A. in Art
Studio Art, Community Art & Missions, Art History
Studio Art, Art History
Art & Design Program Highlights
- The studio art concentration prepares visual artists in a variety of media, with a focused concentration in one of these areas: ceramics, drawing, graphic design, new media, painting, photography, printmaking, or sculpture. The studio concentration culminates in an individual Senior Exhibition for each major.
- The community art and missions concentration is an interdisciplinary program that merges the production of art, public spaces, and collaborative practices. Unique in the CCCU, the community art concentration teaches artists how to interact with community groups to initiate collaborative artistic action that transforms individual lives, upholds community values, and improves society.
- The art history concentration provides a critical analysis, particularly of the western artistic heritage, and more generally of various traditions of world art, from a perspective informed by Christian values. It provides an opportunity for students to exercise basic skills of viewing, reading, research, analysis, critical thinking, and writing about art.
- All art concentration studies are intentionally linked with the liberal arts curriculum at Wheaton College and with Wheaton’s mission to build the Church and improve society worldwide.
- All art concentrations benefit from close proximity to Chicago and its museums and art scenes. Art majors are formally introduced to museums and galleries in Chicago and informally encouraged to engage the many cultural activities this great urban center provides.
- All studio art majors are given individual semi-private studio spaces in their senior year.
- The art department operates a large wood-fired kiln at Honey Rock, Wheaton’s North-woods campus in Wisconsin. A ceramics course is offered at Honey Rock each summer and ceramics students also fire the kiln at regular intervals during Fall and Spring semesters.
- All studio majors are guided toward graduation through Sophomore and Junior Critiques; annual individual reviews of student work attended by all studio faculty.
Other Art-Related Programs
- Art internships encouraged