Expand your faith and creativity.

Draw closer to our Creator as you see how art can reflect an abundantly creative God. Immerse yourself in the creative process and develop skills and proficiencies in various mediums. Being a part of the art program at Houghton, will enrich your understanding of how art fits into the past, present and today, all in a Christ-centered environment.

Calling all creatives, dreamers, and visionaries… we have an art major for you.

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Undergraduate Majors

Undergraduate Majors & Areas of Study

Studio art major student arranging pottery on table.

Studio Art

Undergraduate Major & Minor – BA, BS, BFA
Applied design & visual communication student working on design project on computer.

Applied Design & Visual Communication

Undergraduate Major – BFA, BS
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Media Arts & Visual Communication Concentration
Undergraduate Major – BA, BS
student artwork of plants

Pre-Art Therapy

Undergraduate Major in Art or Psychology; Double Major

Art at Houghton

Faculty Mentoring

At Houghton, you’ll find experienced art faculty who hold a terminal degree (MFA) in studio art, and are actively involved in production and exhibition. The small classes allow faculty to be true mentors, where you can develop close bonds that last a lifetime.

Christ-Centered Education

Art majors and minors gain comprehensive experience in use of materials and techniques. You’ll be prepared for teaching, professional art production and graduate studies. Grow in confidence as you integrate your faith, knowledge and creativity into all you do.

Experiential Learning

At Houghton, you’ll get the opportunity to learn from visiting artists and participate in on-campus gallery exhibits. In addition, off-campus trips give you access to cultural resources in cities throughout the northeast.

Gallery view of Organic by Nature Faculty Art Show at the Ortlip Gallery at Houghton University.

The Ortlip Gallery is an all-purpose exhibition space for students, faculty and visiting artists. View a diverse range of innovative exhibitions featuring the work of established and emerging regional, national, and international artists and designers. Do you have an interested in art studies? The Ortlip gallery also provides professional gallery work study opportunities.

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Exterior shot of the Stevens Art Studios in the spring at Houghton University.

The spacious, light-filled Stevens Art Studios feature cathedral ceilings in all the studios. The studios include special areas for ceramics and sculpture, photography including a darkroom, drawing and painting. In addition you’ll have access to the Mac Lab.

Explore Art Facilities
Houghton student Alyssa Lyon at potter's wheel in the Stevens Art Studio.

Sharing God’s Love

When Alyssa Lyon ’23 came to Houghton, she wanted to find a way to combine her creativity and technical analytical skills in a Christian environment. By taking Studio Art courses, she found joy in the problem solving required for the hands-on creative process, and sharing her faith through her art. Now, she seeks to share God’s love by helping others find happiness in everything she creates.

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Faculty & Staff

Ryann Cooley

Professor of Digital Media and Photography
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Aaron Harrison

Assistant Professor of Art
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Ellen Hatch

Art Department Coordinator
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Linda Knapp

Ortlip Gallery Director & University Art Collection Manager
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Ted Murphy

Professor of Art
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John Rhett

Professor of Art
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