Trinity Western University
7600 Glover Road
Langley, BC, V2Y 1Y1
Undergraduate Enrollment: 1900
Graduate Enrollment: 2100
Art & Design Program
Students Enrolled: 40 majors, 25 minors
TWU is accredited by the Association of Universities and Colleges of Canada (AUCC).
TWU is accredited by the Council of Christian Colleges and Universities (CCCU).
SAMC Art + Design is a member of the Universities Art Association of Canada
Joshua Hale, M.F.A. (Chair)
Erica Grimm-Vance, Ph.D
Alysha Creighton, M.F.A.
Russell Leng, M.F.A.
Laurel Gasque, M.A.
Helma Sawatzky, M.F.A., Ph. D (in progress)
John Wang, M.A.
B.A. in Art + Design
Art + Design
Art + Design (Honours)
Art + Design
Art + Design Program Highlights
- Focuses – SAMC Art + Design at TWU is set apart by a strong emphasis on mentoring, social engagement, and interdisciplinarity. Our small class sizes allow one-on-one relationships to build between students and faculty, who take an individualized approach to mentoring each student toward their career goals. Our courses are inquiry-based and guide students toward ways of using their creativity to make a positive social impact on the world. Our focus on developing a rich interdisciplinary skillset encourages students to become rapid learners who can quickly adapt and innovate within our changing world.
- Location – campus is located only 45 minutes from downtown Vancouver and 2 1/2 hours from Seattle. Within 45 minutes, you can reach mountains, ocean beaches, and city culture. Historic Fort Langley is located on the Fraser River and less than 10 minutes from campus.
- Guest Artist Talks and Exhibitions – the on-campus SAMC Gallery host 3-5 guest exhibitions per year, featuring work by guest artists, designers, and creative professionals. Each exhibition is an opportunity for students, faculty, and the public to engage with the many different ways art and design can impact contemporary culture.
- Student Exhibitions – at every level, students are provided with opportunities to exhibit their work either on or off campus. Each year-end art show features work from graduating art students. Students are involved in every aspect of the show from making the artwork to learning more about the business side of exhibitions, such as publicity, funding, and promotion.
- Verge Conference & Verge Art Series – this collection of interdisciplinary artistic events incorporates the Art + Design, Music, Theatre, and Media + Communication departments. The series encourages artistic performance, creative research, and scholarly interaction with the arts. It gives students immediate access to artists, ideas, and presentations that cross multiple creative disciplines.
- Travel Studies – all of our students are provided with several travel study opportunities both within the School of Arts, Media, + Culture (SAMC) and with the larger university at TWU. Within SAMC alone, our travel studies opportunities have included London + Paris, Central America, East Africa, and New York.
- Student Exhibitions – the Art Department provides opportunities for students at every level to exhibit their work either on or off campus. Each year-end art show features work from graduating art students. Students are involved in every aspect of the show from making the artwork to learning more about the business side of exhibitions, such as publicity, funding, and promotion.
- Multi-media Computer Labs – students have access to fully supported computer labs with industry software such as Adobe InDesign, Illustrator, Photoshop, and more. Software is updated regularly.
- Practica Program – students receive credit towards their degree for working alongside practicing professionals in various areas such as design, visual art, museums, and galleries. Students may also choose to work on one of several student publications for practicum credits.
- Department Leadership – opportunities exist for students to work as student leaders within the Department. Positions include studio assistants, gallery assistants, and community-building assistants. Full-time faculty studios are on campus, giving students opportunities to engage with faculty artwork or assist or collaborate with faculty on projects.
- Career Opportunities – our Art + Design graduates have pursued graduate programs throughout North America and around the world. Many students go directly into art careers and use their creative gifts in a variety of creative fields such as design, studio art, media production, art therapy, art history, art education, and church ministries. Several go on to complete graduate and/or professional studies in studio arts, architecture, and art education. Trinity Western’s Art graduates often network with graduates from related areas such as music, theatre, and media to collaborate on interdisciplinary projects involving music, media, art, and performance.