Make a Splash With the Arts
At EMU, a Christian university like no other, students are learning to use art transform their world, discover their purpose, deepen their faith, and more.
As a theater student, you’ll act, direct and design productions, exploring your gifts and getting hands-on experience while unpacking the faith and social justice aspects of your work and working in a variety of settings.
If you’re a visual artist, you’ll work with professor Cyndi Gusler, pioneer of trash fashion, as you explore how your art can transform your world and impact others. Art students often work across disciplines and learn from veteran professors in related fields.
Student music majors often combine traditional studies with other majors, like linking music with digital media for a career in sound design and movie scoring. Or weaving music with peacebuilding to make change through musical productions. Or combining studies with nursing to do music therapy. 2012 graduate Charise Garber, now in med school, tailored her studies to fit her two passions, music and biology, and explored how the mind is influenced by music.
Victoria Gunawan, a visual and communication arts major graduate from Indonesia, worked the summer of 2015 with the Smithsonian Folklife Festival. Gunawan helped with social media coverage of the two-week festival. Read more about her experience and view a slideshow featuring some of the many photos she took during her experience.
Digital media and photography
Digital media and photography majors learn digital imaging, photography, videography, motion graphics, design, audio and more in a thriving program that is one of the most popular in our university. You can intern on campus and all over the country. Student and graduate work has appeared in such outlets as Time Magazine, The New York Times, and The Hill (serving the U.S. Congress).
Language and literature
Mastery of language and appreciation of literature contribute to success in almost every walk of life. Perhaps you’ll write original poetry and fiction for Phoenix, EMU’s literary and visual arts journal, engage with notable authors visiting campus for the Writers Read author series, do a writing internship at a non-profit, or hone your language skills to bring change in cross-cultural settings all over the world.
Find meaningful work in your field
About 90% of the 2012 graduates who responded to our survey were employed full-time, in grad school, or serving in a volunteer/mission position within one year of graduation. Check out what two EMU arts alumni are doing now:
- Katie Goins Frewens, an EMU music grad, earned a doctorate of musical arts and now teaches middle school music to urban teens. While a student, she was the piano rehearsal accompanist for the Shenandoah Valley Children’s Choir and sang with Chamber Singers.
- Matt Pearson combined a theater major with Bible and music minors to prepare for his goal of becoming an ordained Methodist minister. While a student, Matt acted and directed in the majority of MainStage productions, founded an improv troupe that’s still going strong today, and interned at Second City Improv in Chicago. He went on to earn a divinity degree, and in 2012 became a youth pastor in California.
Start the conversation by requesting more info, scheduling a campus visit, talking with a professor or coach, or meeting your admissions counselor. See what life is really like at our Christian university like no other!