Creative Arts Overview

The emergent trend in artistic professions is excellence across multiple disciplines. The Bachelor of Arts in Creative Arts is the first program of its kind that positions our students to meet that demand. This multidisciplinary exploration of creativity is a synergistic fusion of the arts. You will immerse yourself in the business of visual artistry, music, and theatre and discover the importance of these disciplines in the context of your faith and calling. The ultimate goal of the program is to produce highly employable, Christian leaders and entrepreneurs capable of vast, positive influence within the areas of the arts, entertainment, and media. Visit William Jessup University and experience this innovative multi-disciplinary approach to artistry.

Statement on the Nature and Purpose of the Arts

The nature and purpose of the arts at William Jessup University is to:

  1. Illuminate truth about the human condition
  2. Tell redemptive, transformative, and transportational stories, edifying and cautionary, that examine our relationship with God and one another
  3. Bring beauty into a fallen world
  4. Serve the world through sacrifice of one’s own talents toward the betterment of society and culture
  5. Create an authentic community of diverse individuals that join together for a common purpose
  6. Invest in imagination, hope, and healing through the power of creation and the creative spirit


  • A hands-on, multiple-disciplinary approach to education
  • Students will learn to integrate their faith and artistry and develop a personal mission statement
  • We provide basis business and entrepreneurial courses designed to teach students how to market themselves as a professional artist
  • Students will develop an innovative senior project or work in a professional artistic internship to strengthen their resume and prepare for a lifetime of employment in the arts
  • With our performance and gallery spaces, students will have many opportunities to perform, produce and display their works of art for public exposure
  • Jessup’s Creative Arts faculty are practicing professional artists with impressive backgrounds and committed to changing culture through the arts effectively preparing their students to succeed in their chosen profession
  • Christ-centered, faith-based courses
  • Personalized Advising
  • WASC Accredited

Career & Internship Opportunities

  • Artistic Director
  • Arts Critic
  • Creative Arts Pastor
  • Design Strategist
  • Event Coordinator/Planner
  • Managing Director
  • Professional Artist/Actor/Technician
  • Programming Director
  • Promoter
  • Talent Agent
  • Stage manager
  • Visual Communications

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Bachelors of Arts in Creative Arts Audition Requirements for Scholarship Applicants

Theatre Concentration

  • Bring a headshot and resume (specifying experience in theatre productions)
  • Prepare a one-minute contemporary monologue of your choosing and be prepared to work it

Musical Theatre Performers

  • In addition to fulfilling the requirements above for Theatre Concentration, prepare 16-32 bars of a musical theater song with appropriate accompaniment (no a cappella)
    Visual Arts Concentration:
  • Bring a resume (specifying any art awards, art showings, or anything of the sort you have been a part of)
  • Bring 5-10 examples of your best work from your portfolio (a variety of different mediums is ideal if you have it)

Arts Management Concentration

  • Bring a resume (specifying any management or artistic endeavors you have been involved in, pertaining to your desired emphasis – theatre or visual arts)
  • Prepare either a one-minute monologue (see Theatre requirements) or portfolio (see Visual Arts requirements), depending on desired emphasis of Arts Management

Visual Arts Concentration

  • Bring a resume (specifying any art awards, art showings, or anything of the sort you have been a part of)
  • Bring 5-10 examples of your best work from your portfolio (a variety of different mediums is ideal if you have it)

Interest in Dance (Concentration in one of above)

  • Bring a resume (specifying involvement in dance or arts)
  • Prepare a one-minute dance piece with pre-recorded music

All scholarship applicants should be prepared as you will be required to take part in an interview in addition to your performances/presentations. This audition will not determine your acceptance into the program or WJU, it will simply allow the department to determine scholarship level based on performance and need.

To schedule a theatre or arts management audition, contact jmartin [at] jessup [dot] edu. To schedule a visual arts audition, contact Derek Martin at dmartin [at] jessup [dot] edu.

Learning Outcomes

  • An informed Christian aesthetic and possess the ability to apply their aesthetic to various art forms and artistic media.
  • An increased knowledge of the history of the arts and/or specific media and practices.
  • The ability to effectively analyze art forms from an informed artistic sensibility as viewed through the lens of a Judeo-Christian worldview.
  • Cultivated technical skill sets in various artistic areas.
  • The ability to effectively serve the church and/or the community through practicing his or her art form.
Featured Faculty
Interim Lead Faculty of Creative Arts
Creative Arts Faculty
Faculty, Theatre, Associate Professor of Creative Arts
Administrative Faculty, Theatre