At Trinity Western University, we create culture.
Creativity drives culture. We are a community of professional artists, designers, scholars, and students who look at visual ways of creating. Within a variety of interdisciplinary historical, critical, and theoretical contexts, we explore how visual art and design practices can be used to create and critique culture. Our program empowers students to become creative leaders who are able to adapt and innovate in our rapidly changing world.
Who We Are
The focus of our program is on supporting interdisciplinary thinking, advancing inquiry-based research, cultivating one-on-one mentorship, re-envisioning social engagement, and equipping for creative, critical, and innovative thinking.
We live in a time where change seems to have become the only constant. Those in creative professions will increasingly become the most well-equipped to quickly adapt and innovate as new changes and ways of thinking arise. Being a creative professional (such as an artist or designer) is one of the most direct and active ways you can engage with the world. It cultivates curiosity, invites innovation, and inspires change.
To be an artist is to actively question, to learn how to struggle and overcome, and to rethink and reframe how we think about the world’s greatest problems. To be a designer is to seek out direct creative solutions to these problems, especially the ones the rest of the world has given up on. Those equipped with tools from both of these mindsets are uniquely positioned to be on the front lines of culture, having both the capacity to reveal new insights and address them directly.
This is a small program where you won’t get lost in the crowd; where you can thrive in a community and make a real difference. Our program emphasizes academic rigour and cultural relevance while encouraging personal wellness and spiritual vitality. Whatever your background, this is a program where you can bring your full self to the table.
As a student of Art + Design at TWU, you will receive one-on-one mentorship within a supportive and challenging creative community. You will be encouraged to take risks, think critically, and explore intersections between faith and art. Grounded within a liberal arts core, this program offers visual foundations, digital design, art history, theory, and studio practices such as drawing, painting, printmaking, photography, and intermedia installations.
Exhibitions on and off-campus, including solo exhibitions for Honours students
Studio classrooms, digital design lab, and dedicated senior studio space
Practicum opportunities and campus media positions
Major, minor, concentration, and honours options
Travel studies to London and Paris
Instructors who are exhibiting and publishing professionals, exceptional educators, and committed Christians
Small class sizes and one-on-one mentoring
Dedicated on-campus gallery featuring work from students, faculty, alumni, and visiting artists