From on-demand video content like Netflix and Hulu, to image-based social networks like Instagram and Snapchat, to having the entirety of the Internet at your fingertips, combine to make this the most visual culture that has ever existed. It's not an exaggeration to say that images are the predominant form of communication for this century. This trend is only intensifying and it is the source of significant job growth in the visual arts.
Our students study the latest trends in design, network with professional organizations like American Institute of Graphic Artists (AIGA), master the latest software both for the sheer joy of creation, and, in order to join our culture's spirited discussion in a way that the values of the kingdom of God —justice and mercy for each human being— remain a part of the language in the public square. In short, this is a program in contemporary design... from a Christian perspective.
While many art schools simply perpetuate the existing streams of visual culture without question, at Trinity, we examine the visual tactics and assumptions on which those images are constructed because we believe that part of the Christian's task is to recast situations where sin has twisted the sort of culture that God intended. Acting redemptively means moving our culture forward in ways that values every individual.
Designers help businesses and organizations combine images and text in compelling ways. Because so many organizations need to communicate a wide variety of ideas to a variety of publics, our culture is awash with conflicting images that tell us what to do, what to think, what the good life looks like and what sorts of ideals toward which a "real" man or woman should aspire. Christian designers need to learn how to put their clients' messages together for target markets in a way that does not treat the rest of us as collateral damage.