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School of Visual Art and Design


The School of Visual Art and Design trains developing artists to enter professional life with balanced artistic perspectives that are relevant to culture while being firmly grounded in faith.

Students immerse themselves in the art foundations that will inform their chosen crafts.

Rigorous programs provide professional experience in preparation for competitive and demanding industries as well as for graduate studies.

Students are expected to be deadline-driven while maintaining the highest standard of quality in their work. They work on real-world projects, including the film short “I Will Not Fear,” the feature film “Belly of the Whale,” and the animated film short “Rock in the Road.”

Southern has the strongest and largest film production and graphic design programs and the only computer animation program in the Seventh-day Adventist denomination.

Professors have worked at top studios, such as Disney Animation and Industrial Light and Magic, and bring their expertise to Southern's classrooms.

Students regularly take home honors at national competitions, including several “Best in Show” awards at SONscreen Film Festival.


Beyond the Classroom

Academic programs are complemented with practical learning experiences in the community and beyond.

Students Produce Films

Students produce and direct their own short films and work with professors on professional projects. Every four years or so students collaborate a feature length film.

Student Internships

Opportunities for gaining experience in design, photography, illustration, and film are available on campus in these and many other venues: Southern Accent (weekly student newspaper); Southern Memories (university yearbook); Strawberry Festival (the year-end multimedia production); and the Marketing and University Relations office.

Art Club

Art Club is a venue for leadership training, social activities, and community engagement through the arts.


Alumni Voices

Zack Goldstein and Daniel Wahlen describe how their experience at Southern prepared them for fulfilling careers in the arts. Their hands-on projects and access to excellent professors made them comfortable in real job settings and gave them a head start in their professional careers.


Main Office


P.O. Box 370
Collegedale Tn 37315

Start your career in the arts with us!