Hone your God-given talent. Art

Develop a creative vision and artistic practice that integrates faith, intellectual inquiry, and active response to the world.

Credential Type

  • B.A.

Offered As

  • Major, Minor

Major Areas

  • Studio Art, Art History

Studio Art Concentrations

  • Ceramics, community art, drawing, design, film, painting, photography, printmaking, sculpture

9 studio art concentrations

Our multi-talented art faculty and students create and explore in many mediums.

25 miles from downtown Chicago

One of the country’s largest, most diverse metropolitan areas is a short train or car ride away.

FREE art museum admission

Art majors receive complimentary student membership to the Art Institute of Chicago.

Connect with Admissions

You can reach us anytime via admissions@wheaton.edu.

Wheaton College Art Student Drawing on Wall

Why Study Art at Wheaton?

Wheaton Art Student in front of Mural

At Wheaton, whether you choose studio art, art history, or one of the only undergraduate community arts program in the country, you will develop a vision and artistic practice that integrates Christian faith, creative and intellectual inquiry, and active response to the world.

Adams Hall is home to Wheaton's art students and includes the spaces, equipment, and technology you need to explore, experiment and excel in all art media and studies:

  • New Media Studio 
  • Photo Studio 
  • Computer labs 
  • Graphic Design Studio 
  • Ceramics Studio  
  • Sculpture Studio 
  • Printmaking Studio 
  • Painting Studio 
  • Drawing Studio 
  • Woodshop 
  • Galleries 

And just a short train ride away you'll have access to Chicago’s vibrant arts scene, distinguished museums, world-class architecture, diverse public art, and a steady stream of visiting regional, national, and international artists.

FACES AND SPACES Where You'll Learn, Who You'll Meet

Our Faculty

Study with visionary Christian artists with expertise in mediums such as ceramics, sculpture, photography, printmaking, drawing, film production, and painting, and in movements such as Renaissance, Byzantine and medieval, Native American art, and modern art.

Wheaton College IL Art Students Working in Studio

Our Facilities

Fully equipped with the necessary spaces, equipment, and technology needed to flourish, Adams Hall allows our students to explore, experiment, and excel in art. Share your artistic creations with the campus community through all-student exhibitions (in spaces such as the Walford Art Gallery), juried student shows, student-curated exhibitions, and senior exhibitions. Seniors are given their own studio space in preparation for a solo exhibition.

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Our Experiences

You’ll have many chances to get involved during your time at Wheaton: art internships, community mural projects, student exhibitions, juried shows, study abroad, campus publications and productions, and more.

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Program Highlight

Wheaton in Chicago

Live, work, and learn with classmates and professors during a semester-long experience in Chicago. Wheaton in Chicago offers experiential coursework tailored to the city, internships to explore vocational interests, and opportunities to explore one of the most vibrant metropolitan areas in the country.

Learn About Wheaton in Chicago

WITH Wheaton Opportunities Across Campus & Beyond

Interdisciplinary learning is a way of life at Wheaton. Aside from your work within your chosen major, you can enrich your educational experience and connect with peers and professors across campus (and beyond) in many ways.

Art for Christ & His Kingdom

Faith and Learning at Wheaton

A Wheaton education is built on the foundation of our unique Christ at the Core general education curriculum. You'll build on that foundation as an art student at Wheaton, where you'll experience the support of Christian artists as you relate your work to your faith. Develop a vision and artistic practice that integrates faith, creative and intellectual inquiry, and active response to the world.

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Success After Wheaton Where You’ll Find Our Art Students

Wheaton art students find employment in a wide variety of art-related fields, are accepted into graduate schools around the country, become professional artists and art historians, and also apply their artistic sensibilities in non-art entrepreneurial and service-oriented vocations. 


They find rewarding work in positions such as:

  • Architect
  • Archivist
  • Art director
  • Art teacher
  • Art therapist
  • Artist
  • Audience development manager
  • Background and prop artist
  • Character writer
  • Chief curator
  • Communications coordinator
  • Gallery event coordinator 
  • Graphic designer
  • Designer in Christian publishing
  • Director of product marketing
  • Director of youth activities
  • Events and program coordinator
  • iOS developer
  • Multimedia content developer
  • Photographer
  • Screenwriter
  • Social worker and community artist
  • Studio project manager

Continued Learning

They continue their artistic development in graduate and professional programs like:

  • Master of Architecture (Virginia Tech)
  • M.A. in Art Therapy (Adler University)
  • M.A. in Arts Administration and Policy (School of the Art Institute of Chicago)
  • M.A. in Arts and Cultural Management (King’s College London)
  • M.A. in Museum Studies (New York University)
  • M.F.A. in Creative Writing (Seattle Pacific)
  • M.F.A. in Graphic Design (Rochester Institute of Technology)
  • M.F.A. in Photography (Rhode Island School of Design)
  • Master of Library & Information Science (Simmons University)
  • M.A. in Landscape Architecture (Harvard Graduate School of Design)
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Art Students in Action

Art minor. Major difference.

“If not for the art classes, I don’t think I could have made it through some of the tougher computer science courses, just because there was such a relief from staring at the screen….”

– Elliot Young ’21

Computer science major Elliot Young enriched his Wheaton experience – and his creativity – by adding a minor in art. He was especially drawn to film photography, which allowed him to slow down and contemplate.

Next Steps

Interested in studying art at Wheaton? Request more information or start your application today.

RESOURCES & LINKS For Current Art Students

If you’re a current student or want to dig deeper in this area of study, here are some additional resources for you to explore.

Department Website

Visit our department website for more details about our faculty members, facilities, and opportunities.

Course Requirements

Visit the Wheaton College catalog for specific degree requirements and course descriptions.