Faith and Design

Video games, Facebook, cable television, movies, cartoons, advertising, the Internet all on your phone or your iPad combine to make this the most visual culture that has ever existed. This trend is intensifying. it is the source of significant job growth in the visual arts.

Our students study the latest trends in design, network with the professional organization for designers, American Institute of Graphic Artists (AIGA), master the latest software both for the sheer joy of creation, and, in order to join our culture's spirited discussion in a way that the values of the kingdom of God —justice and mercy for each human being— remain a part of the language in the public square. In short, this is a program in contemporary design... from a Christian perspective.

Senior Caleb Mulder's work for TRinity''e Office of marketing and Communications

While many art schools simply perpetuate that stream of images without question, at Trinity, we examine the visual tactics and assumptions on which those images are constructed because we believe that part of the Christian's task is to recast situations where sin has twisted the sort of culture that God intended. Acting redemptively means moving our culture to value every person.

Designers help businesses and organizations put images and text together in compelling ways. Because so many organizations need to communicate a wide variety of ideas to a variety of publics, our culture is awash with conflicting images that tell us what to do, what to think, what the good life looks like and what sorts of ideals toward which a "real" man or woman should aspire. Christian designers need to learn how to put their clients' messages together for target markets in a way that does not treat the rest of us as collateral damage.