We are living in a revolutionary era of opportunity for the creative individual. As our world grows smaller and more interconnected, and more of our daily interactions move online, the global need for skilled visual communicators has grown accordingly. This gap provides a unique experience for artists and designers — positioning you to create solutions to real-world problems through human-centered design and give voice to critical concerns through your art.
The PLNU Department of Art & Design will challenge you to create original works of art, engage in art history and research, and develop the critical thinking and aesthetic skills that will help you become the courageous visual communicator you were called to be. Build close relationships with other students and faculty in an inclusive and supportive environment, as you work together to discover ways to create art or design for a positive social impact.
2022 Art & Design Benefit Auction
November 15th – December 9th
2022 Art & Design Benefit and Auction
The Department of Art and Design is thrilled to announce that after decades of daydreaming in faculty and committee meetings, drawers overflowing with tracing paper and napkin sketches, piles of worn-out sharpies, and countless hours of collaboration with friends, colleagues, and anyone who would listen, a re-imagined and expanded Visual Arts Center at Point Loma Nazarene University is finally becoming a reality!
Plexuss 2021 ranking
Top-5 Graphic Design Program
Plexuss has ranked PLNU as the: #5 Best Undergraduate Graphic Design Schools in California
G. James Daichendt, Ed.D.
“The idea of being made in God’s image — that we were created and that we can create — is an incredibly powerful characteristic of being human,” said Dr. G. James Daichendt, PLNU’s dean of arts and humanities and professor of art.
The first time Channin Fulton considered herself an artist was while face painting for a summer job.
Opportunity for Engagement
Are you looking for a place to discover great new emerging design with other passionate creators? Are you looking for an opportunity to share your own work with local design firms?
The Mystery and Power of the Creative Arts
When we create, we heed the call within us from God, and when we take the time to actively observe our neighbor's creative work — such as a painting or song — we are able to uncover the "hidden mysteries" of creation.
Internships that lead to career opportunities
86% of Art and Design grads have a job in their chosen field within one year.
Department of Art & Design Programs
Whether you’re interested in visual art, graphic design, or art education, our programs will provide you with the opportunity to pursue your passions and interests leading to graduate school or professional life. In fact, 86 percent of PLNU art and design students are working in their field of interest within one year of graduation.
Adult Degree Completion
Opportunities for Engagement
Developing into a creative individual inspired and guided by purpose doesn't happen in isolation — it happens by coming face-to-face with new opportunities, people, places, and ideas. From class trips to national museums and galleries and student-run clubs to professional internships, networking events, a semester in Europe, and more, the Department of Art & Design offers a diversity of opportunities for meaningful engagement with big questions.
Our faculty members serve as teachers, mentors, scholars, and practicing professionals in their discipline. They are committed to guiding you through a rigorous and purposeful education. By helping you explore thought-provoking and influential ideas, analyze complex and difficult questions, and evaluate competing claims, our faculty will provide you with access to an environment devoted to a meaningful exchange of ideas. An education at PLNU is both transformative and deeply impactful.
If you would like to learn more about the Department of Art & Design or any of our majors and minors, please reach out to us!
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