Fostering a unique intersection of faith, artistic expression, and community service within the academic framework
The Department of Art & Design at Samford University and the Samford University Art Gallery are dedicated to fostering a unique intersection of faith, artistic expression, and community service within the academic framework. This approach creates an academic journey that is both scholarly and transformative, guided by Christian principles while breaking free from traditional paradigms of art education and aesthetic contemplation.
The Department of Art & Design’s mission is to maintain a Christ-centered community preparing artists and designers to become professionals in their field who engage society and contribute to culture through creative production, critical thinking, and authentic service.
Our academic programs are designed to be transformative, pushing students beyond their comfort zones and encouraging them to take risks, experiment, and evolve as artists and individuals. We believe that personal growth is an integral part of artistic development.
We are deeply committed to engaging with our local and global communities through art. Our students and faculty actively participate in service projects and initiatives that use art as a means to foster positive change, promote social justice, and enhance the quality of life for others. Many of our students do internships nationally and internationally.
We believe that faith and artistic expression are not mutually exclusive. Our academic environment encourages students to explore the spiritual dimensions of art, to seek inspiration from their faith, and to engage in conversations that bridge the gap between art and spirituality.
We view art as a powerful catalyst for positive social change. Through creative expression and community engagement, we aspire to address pressing social issues and contribute to a more just and equitable society.
We are committed to instilling a love for lifelong learning in our students, encouraging them to continuously evolve as artists and scholars throughout their lives.
At Samford, we prepare collaborative artists who are visionary leaders and critical thinkers.
We offer four degrees in Art and Design:
All of these programs start with the fundamentals of art.
Students learn the fundamentals of art, art history and techniques while honing their creative focus leading to personal and professional success.
Locally and afar, our students are serving the community to leave the world a better place.
Samford students pursue their faith as well as their artistic talents.
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