Why should I study at Redeemer rather than an art school?

A Liberal Arts education offers a broad based education, exposing you to ideas and disciplines you may otherwise have bypassed. For an artist, exposure to scientific, philosophical, and theological discourse is vital to producing meaningful work. At Redeemer, we approach the education of the artist in a more “holistic” manner; meaning the artist is trained more broadly and learns how different disciplines can interact and inform their art.

How big are the classes?

All studio courses at Redeemer have a cap of 15 students.

Is there a portfolio review?

There is no formal portfolio assessment required of entering students. Once you are admitted into the university, you may declare a major in Art. In the first year, all students are marshalled through a series of basic art core requirements that serve as prerequisites and gateway courses to all other subsequent study.

When can I use the Studio Facilities?

Studios and workshop facilities are provided for the purpose of carrying out assigned projects, and their use is restricted to students enrolled in Art studio courses. Students are encouraged to work in the studios outside of regular class hours, as long as the classroom is not in use. Studios are accessed via a key code, and all Art students will be provided with the access code. The studios can be accessed by Art students daily from 7:00 am to midnight when the building closes. The Computer Lab is available for use to all art students when a class is not in session. Lab hours are posted on the computer lab door. The door is locked at all times, but access can be granted by library staff.

Can I display my work?

Along with displays of class work in the halls, the Art Gallery has at least one juried exhibition of student work each year. During the capstone senior year, art majors prepare intensely for their thesis exhibit that is held in the Redeemer University Art Gallery.

Do you use nude models?

Live clothed models will pose for the art students. No live nude models will pose in the art studio classrooms. The nude form may be studied by copying the work of master artists. Students who object to the copying of the nude form will be offered an alternative project (example: copying clothed figures by master artists). As a point of information, the instructors may make the students aware of opportunities to work from the nude model available in the community. This will only be a suggestion, not a mandatory part of any course work.