Department Of

Art & Design


Unleash Your Creativity

Art and design rely on a close combination of creativity and skill. At Huntington University, we infuse both into your curriculum and experiential learning opportunities in order to prepare you to become a professional in the art industry. Whether you love the fine arts, communicate through graphic design, or thrive in a studio art environment, we’re here to help you hone your craft and make an impact in the creative community.

At Huntington University, our Christian liberal arts setting puts us in a unique place to explore art in a redemptive way. Get ready to grow in:

  • engaging in everyday visual culture

  • solving problems creatively

  • building your artist portfolio 

  • expanding your knowledge of art

  • seeking out and celebrating beauty

  • appreciating various artistic styles

Art & Design Majors & Minors

In just one academic year, 10 students have received performance grants. Other financial awards specifically for art & design students are available.
HU students recently won 16 American Advertising Federation Awards in Fort Wayne. Several other award shows resulted in HU winners, as well.
With 5 studio art spaces spanning over 2,000 square feet, you’ll gain access to designated equipment to bring your vision to life.

You might be a future artist if…

If you are inspired by art and encouraged to think, question, imagine, explore, and dream, then studying art and design at Huntington University is part of your path forward.

As you study at HU, you’ll be met with opportunities to channel that creativity. Art challenges and expands our understanding of the world by confronting us with different perspectives. Your professors will help teach you to become a creative problem solver with a thoughtful, responsible, and open mind while using art to bring redemptive and God-honoring insight to current social issues. 

Let’s use art to engage the world—together.

Career Opportunities
  • Art Director
  • Art Teacher
  • Art Therapist
  • Creative Director
  • Fashion Designer
  • Graphic Designer
  • Illustrator
  • Museum Curator
  • Photographer
  • Studio Artist
Joel Dirnberger
Graphic Designer at Caliber Creative in Sioux Falls, SD/Graphic Design, 2013

Huntington University Art & Design prepared me for the design field by teaching me how to incorporate the principles and elements of art. Without learning these fundamentals, I wouldn’t be enjoying the job I have today.

Kayla ZurBurg
Visual Art Education (2022)

“Huntington University has grown me as a whole person. I have developed a deep understanding of the arts and their relation to both others and self, been challenged to think more like a teacher, and studied other interesting subjects. In addition to academic knowledge, Huntington has given me the opportunity to grow both socially and spiritually.”

Jeanie Creekmur

“It’s very intentional, it’s very personal, and I really like that because it really encourages each artist to grow. The professors are amazing. They encourage us to not only make good artwork, but to be stewards in Christ. They help you each step of the way, but they also want you to do your own thing. They want us to run with it and experiment. That’s what I really like about the art program here; it’s very individual. But it’s also focused on a greater goal, building the kingdom of God, which I think is really cool.” 

Dr. Barb Michel
Professor of Art

“My very favorite part about teaching at HU is working with our art students and helping guide them to pursue successful art-related careers following graduation.”

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