2023-2024 Catalog 
    Jun 18, 2024  
2023-2024 Catalog

Department of Art and Digital Media


JON SEALS (2018)
  Associate Professor of Art; Chair, Department of Art
B.S., 2003, Olivet Nazarene University
M.F.A., 2012, Savannah College of Art and Design
M.A.R., 2015, Yale Divinity School

  Associate Professor of Art
B.F.A., 1998, Savannah College of Art and Design
M.F.A., 2003, Savannah College of Art and Design

  Associate Professor of Art
B.A., 2002, University of Denver
B.F.A., 2005, The School of the Art Institute of Chicago
M.F.A., 2011, Bradley University



The Department of Art and Digital Media at Olivet Nazarene University endeavors to provide a rigorous visual arts education that inspires and equips students to become lifelong practitioners of the visual arts. Rooted in a Christian worldview, we strive to prepare students for creative professional service, fostering collaborative thinking within our global society.

The Art curriculum is designed to provide both breadth (foundational study) and depth (specialization) within a Christian liberal arts program. The curriculum is structured to allow students flexibility in their search for concepts and art media most compatible with their career needs and interests.

Olivet’s Art program includes a rich balance of studio work, techniques, job skills, and theory. The department provides academic guidance for students fulfilling general education requirements through advising and career preparation courses.

Career opportunities for the Olivet Department of Art and Digital Media graduates include illustrating for companies and publishers, graphic design promotional materials, graphic advertising, package design, web animation, digital photography, and photojournalism with a B.F.A. degree (Bachelor of Fine Arts). Areas of employment include, but are not limited to, art education, advertising companies, photography studios and newspapers/magazines, corporations designing and marketing new products, as well as government agencies.  Olivet also offers a B.F.A. degree in Art Education (K-12). Another area of study is Pre-Art Therapy (Art B.A. with recommended supporting Psychology courses).  This program offers opportunities in counseling using art.  Employment opportunities range from clinics, private practice hospitals and group homes to name a few.

The program now offers New Media areas of emphasis, such virtual reality, augmented reality, e-gaming, gaming programming, animation, beginning level coding for gaming to meet the needs of those wanting to study non-traditional forms of art and digital media.

The studio facilities in the Sims Education Center provide excellent resources for the Department of Art and Digital Media. The Department has six art galleries that exhibit student work. A seventh gallery, The Victorian House Gallery, is designed to display regional and professional artists’ work to complement and support the art program with a Visiting Artist Program. 

In the Department of Art and Digital Media, students are encouraged to get an internship from a variety of opportunities offered through the University and department. Students can find qualifying internships and use them for credit within the art program. Many students are taking the Chicago Semester Internship because of the many benefits afforded them through that program, which is in downtown Chicago. Those who apply and get accepted are guaranteed an internship.

The Department of Art and Digital Media uses MacBook and iPad in the courses.  The graphics and photography concentrations are required to have their own MacBook and iPad.  Drawing and painting concentrations required iPad only and highly recommend MacBooks.

ONU Department of Art and Digital Media Tech Requirements

The Department of Art and Digital Media is an Apple Distinguished school, part of the iLearn@Olivet Initiative alongside the School of Music and School of Education. Students and Faculty in these departments use an iPad in their learning and in teaching courses. All students and faculty are required to have an iPad that meets or exceeds the below requirements.

Guidelines for the 2021-2022 School Year

  • Incoming freshman and transfer students taking ART courses must have at minimum the latest iPad and Apple Pencil bundle available for purchase from the Department of Art and Digital Media. Device specifications will be made available prior to the beginning of Fall classes. Devices that exceed this requirement are also acceptable. 
  • Sophomore - Senior students taking ART courses that already own at minimum an iPad Air 3rd Gen, Mini 5th Gen, and all Pro models will work for all concentrations. Devices that exceed this requirement are also acceptable.

If you have any questions, please contact the Department of Art and Digital Media at 815-939-5229.