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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 Jewell art 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 overseas 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
  • Minor in art history


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. Distinctive opportunities for art students beyond the classroom include:

  • internships and mentorships with advertising agencies, graphic designers, museums, galleries, design firms, photographers, Hallmark, Disneyworld and many others in the Greater Kansas City area and beyond.
  • interdisciplinary program collaboration between the art and business departments.
  • overseas study availability in a variety of places and disciplines.
  • exposure to the premier visual arts venue in the Northland, the Stocksdale Gallery on the Jewell campus, introducing students 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 20 minutes from downtown Kansas City, offering students 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.

Studio Art Faculty:

Nano Ann Nore, Professor of Art and Art History
Professor Nore received her B.F.A. from the Kansas City Art Institute and her M.A. and M.F.A. from Texas Woman's University. She also has an M.A.R.S. from Central Theological Seminary. Professor Nore's post-graduate work also includes religion and art study at the Graduate Theological Union at the University of California, Berkeley and doctoral work at St. Paul School of Theology in Kansas City. Professor Nore, in addition to being a teaching artist, is responsible for painting, printmaking and art history courses.

Rob Quinn, Assistant Professor of Art, Chair, Director of the Stocksdale Gallery of Art
He received his B.F.A. and M.S. in art education degree from Northwest Missouri State. Professor Quinn is a teaching artist in his areas of sculpture, jewelry and photography. As an art educator with over 21 years of experience in the public school system, he brings additional focus to Jewell's art education program.

David Johnson, Professor of Art Emeritus
Professor Johnson received his B.A. from Wheaton College and his B.A.E. from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago. He holds an M.S. from the Illinois Institute of Technology and an M.F.A from the University of Kansas. He is nationally known for his work in calligraphy.


Phil Jones, Painting and figure drawing
Rex Walkenhorst, Ceramics
Tom Nelson, Computer graphics, illustration, design and painting

 Program Overview
  2014-15 Course Catalog






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