Why Art + Design?

Discover, explore, and hone the potency of visual language in TWU’s Art + Design program.

Why Art + Design?

Discover, explore, and hone the potency of visual language in TWU’s Art + Design program.

At Trinity Western University, we create culture.

Creativity drives culture. We are a community of professional artists, designers, scholars, and students who look at visual ways of creating. Within a variety of interdisciplinary historical, critical, and theoretical contexts, we explore how visual art and design practices can be used to create and critique culture. Our program empowers students to become creative leaders who are able to adapt and innovate in our rapidly changing world.


First Year: Visual Foundations

Second Year: Skills Mastery

Third Year: Integration of Theory and Practice

Fourth Year: Graduate Art Exhibition


As a student of Art + Design at TWU, you will receive one-on-one mentorship within a supportive and challenging creative community. You will be encouraged to take risks, think critically, and explore intersections between faith and art. Grounded within a liberal arts core, this program offers visual foundations, digital design, art history, theory, and studio practices such as drawing, painting, printmaking, photography, and intermedia installations.


“The education I received from SAMC’s Art + Design program was pivotal in preparing me for my artistic career. The Art + Design department’s small class sizes, one-on-one mentorship, and faith-based trust between students and professors proved invaluable to my development as a person and academic artist. The courses provide a strong foundation in practical studio skills, conceptual development, and historical and contemporary art practices. This foundation is integral when entering into the contemporary academic art context. I can confidently attribute my success, as I complete the final semester of a Master of Fine Arts, to the lessons I learned from my professors and peers at TWU.”

MFA Candidate
2017 Canada Graduate Scholarships – Master’s Award (SSHRC) Recipient


  • Exhibitions on and off-campus, including solo exhibitions for Honours students
  • Studio classrooms, digital design lab, and dedicated senior studio space
  • Practicum opportunities and campus media positions
  • Major, minor, concentration, and honours options
  • Travel studies to London and Paris
  • Instructors who are exhibiting and publishing professionals, exceptional educators, and committed Christians
  • Small class sizes and one-on-one mentoring
  • Dedicated on-campus gallery featuring work from students, faculty, alumni, and visiting artists


TWU’s Art + Design alumni have been accepted into prestigious graduate programs across North America and around the world. Many graduates have gone directly into art and design careers, flourishing in diverse contexts such as art history, education, architecture, graphic design, marketing, faith-based ministries, and gallery administration.


Bachelor of Arts (BA)

Important Dates

Graduate Art Exhibition

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Financial Aid

Investing in your future may require some help along the way. We offer merit and need-based awards to help offset the cost of tuition. Planning early is key and we are here to help get you started.

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Admission Requirements

The admissions process at TWU is designed to be simple and convenient. Once we receive your application and transcripts, you will be contacted by your admissions counsellor within two weeks on your admittance.

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Art Facilities

Our facilities include, wet and dry studios, a wood shop, printmaking studio and computer labs with industry software such as InDesign, Illustrator, Photoshop, Flash and more.

Careers in Art + Design
Female student painting

Our alumni have pursued graduate programs throughout North America and around the world. Many students establish art careers in:

  • Design
  • Studio art
  • Media production
  • Art therapy
  • Art history
  • Art education
  • Church ministries.

Faculty Profiles

Alysha Creighton

Alysha Creighton, MFA

Instructor in Art + Design

Laurel Gasque, MEd

Instructor in Art + Design

Erica Grimm, Ph.D.

Professor of Art + Design
Joshua Hale

Joshua Hale, MFA

Assistant Professor of Art + Design

Russell Leng, MFA

Instructor in Art + Design

Helma Sawatzky, Ph.D. (cand.)

Instructor in Art + Design

John Wang

Assistant Professor