Studio Art

Digital and Visual Art

The Department of Digital and Visual Art at William Jewell College offers a strong, broad-based interdisciplinary curriculum challenging students to develop fundamental competence and skills in a variety of media. With small class sizes and engaged faculty as a distinctive feature of the department, students receive personal instruction and valuable feedback in sharpening skills and increasing competence in each media area. The department also offers excellent programming in preparing students for K-12 art education certification. Internships and mentoring collaborations in a variety of art related fields are available in the Kansas City metro area and beyond. Opportunities for international study add a valuable component to the major.

Interactive digital media majors will be able to demonstrate an understanding of foundational principles of design, including color theory, typography, layout strategies and composition as they relate to digital media; competently use a variety of software applications for digital print media; and utilize various applications in coding, animation, audio and video to develop and manage industry standard content in web environments.

Graduates of this program have gone on to careers in graphic design, web media, illustration, historic preservation, cartooning, video and film making, theater design, gallery work, art history, photography, studio art, teaching and many others.

Degree programs offered:

  • Major in studio art
  • Major in interactive digital media
  • Double major in studio art and art education with Missouri K-12 certification
  • Double major in studio art and other disciplines
  • Major in studio art with a minor in entrepreneurial business
  • Minor in studio art

The Department of Digital and Visual Art at Jewell believes that understanding practical and real-world applications within art-related fields is just as important as gaining artistic skills. Your opportunities beyond the classroom include:

  • internships and mentorships with advertising agencies, graphic designers, museums, galleries, design firms, photographers, Hallmark, Disneyworld and many others in the Kansas City area and beyond.
  • interdisciplinary program collaboration between the art and business departments.
  • international study availability in a variety of places and disciplines.
  • exposure to the premier visual arts venue in the Northland, the Stocksdale Gallery on our campus, introducing you to professional art exhibits and providing contact with visiting artist lectures and workshops.
  • graduating seniors preparing their own exhibit that is put on display at our own Stocksdale Gallery.
  • a prime location 15 miles from downtown Kansas City, offering valuable experiences and exposure to a variety of artists’ studios, art galleries, art businesses and, of course, the great nationally recognized Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art.

For details, see course descriptions and more in the course catalog.