College of Fine Arts

MISSION STATEMENT

The mission of Dallas Baptist University is to provide Christ-centered higher education in the arts, sciences, and professional studies at both the undergraduate and graduate levels to traditional age and adult students in order to produce servant leaders who have the ability to integrate faith and learning through their respective callings. The College of Fine Arts is charged with the responsibility of aiding the university in that mission through the creation and development of highly trained and skillful artists committed to excellence in the visual arts, communications, and music, focused in their individual fields of artistic endeavor and dedicated to servant leadership in the church and community.

DESCRIPTIONS

The College of Fine Arts provides a curriculum that offers broad aesthetic experiences in visual art, communication, music, and music business and entrepreneurship for Fine Arts majors and the general student. In addition to the course work that introduces the student to the fine arts, many creative activities and programs are offered each year. Regular performances are presented by the DBU Grand Chorus, University Concert Chorale, Piano Ensemble, DBU Jazz Combo, Guitar Ensemble, and DBU Doxology, contemporary vocal ensemble. Student and faculty art exhibits, athletic and cultural broadcasts, together with musical and opera productions, provide ample opportunity for participation and enjoyment.

The University also houses outstanding works of art permanently displayed on the DBU campus. These include three bronze sculptures by Max Greiner entitled "The Divine Servant," “Fishers of Men,” and “The Great Commission.” In the lobby of the Student Center is an original oil painting named "The Patriot" by Bruce Marshall. In addition, a series of artworks of the Twelve Disciples, Jesus, and Paul by artist Kenneth Wyatt are displayed in the foyer of the Patty and Bo Pilgrim Chapel.

Dallas Baptist University is uniquely situated near the cultural centers of Dallas and Fort Worth. There are numerous excellent galleries and museums in the area such as the Dallas Museum of Art, Kimbell Art Museum, Fort Worth Art Center, African American Life and Culture Museum, and the Amon Carter Museum of Western Art. Additionally, students can enjoy performances by the Dallas Symphony Orchestra at the Meyerson Symphony Center, opera and music theater performances at the Winspear Opera House and Wyly Theatre in the Dallas Arts District, and various performances at the Bass Performance Hall in Fort Worth, including the Fort Worth Symphony and the Texas Ballet Theater.

The College of Fine Arts offers undergraduate majors in the fields of the visual arts, communication, music, and music business. The curriculum serves as preparation for specialized graduate study, as background training for a career in the arts, or when coordinated with supporting courses in education, as preparation for teacher certification.

GOALS OF THE COLLEGE OF FINE ARTS

  • All general studies students enrolled in courses offered by the College of Fine Arts will have an acceptable knowledge and appreciation of all the fine arts and their intersection with all facets of society.

  • The College of Fine Arts faculty will demonstrate excellence in teaching, engage in meaningful participation in professional, scholarly, and service activities, as well as serve as servant leadership role models for students and peers.

  • All College of Fine Arts graduates will be able to demonstrate an excellent level of mastery in their major area which will make them competitive with their peers from other comparable programs in the fields of art, communication, and music.

  • The College of Fine Arts graduates will be prepared either to enter the job market in their chosen field or be qualified to enter graduate or conservatory study.

  • All College of Fine Arts graduates will have a thorough knowledge of the history, fundamentals, and basics of their field, as well as develop creative/performance skills in their area of expertise to pursue a profession in their chosen field of service.