Visual Arts

Visual Arts

Join an artistic community with quality faculty, collaborative peers, and the facilities and equipment to prepare you for some of today’s fastest-growing careers. While you hone your creative talents, you’ll learn the bigger lesson of how to use those talents in service to the ultimate Creative Mind.

Fast Facts

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The Bachelor’s of Fine Arts program provides an intensive approach to studying and creating visual art for the most driven artists. Juniors and seniors in the BFA program get their own studio spaces to facilitate uninterrupted creativity.

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PUC film students have interned at DreamWorks Animation, Buzzfeed, Actual Films, Napa Valley Film Festival, and Francis Ford Coppola’s American Zoetrope.

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PUC photography student Sam Delaware was named Youth Photographer of the Year in the 2016 Sony World Photography Awards, the largest and most comprehensive photography competition in existence.

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PUC’s Rasmussen Art Gallery presents a variety of art exhibitions each year. These include historically significant art, new contemporary works by both PUC faculty and students.

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The department of visual arts goes on several trips every year to visit museums in the San Francisco Bay area including the SF Museum of Modern Art, the de Young Museum, and the Palace of Legion of Honor.

Sam Delaware Named Youth Photographer of the Year

PUC photography major recognized in the 2016 Sony World Photography Awards.

Sam Delaware

In May 2016, Sam Delaware, a photography major at PUC, was named Youth Photographer of the Year in the 2016 Sony World Photography Awards. The recognition followed his win in the competition’s Youth Portraits category.

Delaware came to PUC from Pine Tree Academy in Freeport, Maine, as one of the college’s five Maxwell Scholar recipients in 2015, PUC’s most prestigious scholarship. He was senior class president, a member of the National Honor Society, a Phi Beta Kappa Award recipient, and first chair trumpet in the academy band.

Delaware’s entry was titled “Sarah,” and is a portrait of his sister. When asked about the inspiration behind the winning photograph, Delaware shares, “After moving to a university across the country, I understood I’d miss my family; my mother and father, and especially my sister. Like so many millions of other young adults around me, I left my family and my home this year for the first time, and in an instant, they were no longer a daily part of my life. I wanted to somehow speak to the mixed feelings I was experiencing; excitement, for the life I was about to begin, and nostalgia, for the one I was leaving behind. Traveling back to Maine for a short time allowed me to create this somewhat spontaneous image of my sister, giving me the opportunity to express this change in the best way I knew how.”

The Sony World Photography Awards is the largest and most comprehensive photography competition in existence today. This year, the organization received a record-breaking 230,103 entries submitted from 186 different countries. The Youth competition of the awards is open to any photographer between the ages of 12-19 and is judged on just a single photograph within three categories: Culture, Environment, and Portraits. Delaware’s win in the Youth Portraits category positioned him to compete for the overall Youth Photographer of the Year title.

“I'm extremely honored to be recognized at this stage in my career,” Delaware shared. “The World Photography Organization is an incredible platform both for young artists and established professionals, and I’m really quite grateful to be recognized along such immense talent. … Above all else, the award has given me some validation that I'm headed in the right direction—it’s strong motivation to keep making better and better imagery.”

To learn more about the Sony World Photography Awards, as well as to view Delaware’s winning entry and other competition photographs, visit worldphoto.org.

Professor Rajeev Sigamoney’s Inspiration

At PUC, Sigamoney brings all this experience into play in a new way: helping students navigate their own individual journey with film and faith.

Rajeev Sigamoney

With a unique experience in screen-writing/producing and pastoring, a passion for Christian media, and a goal of creating a sci-fi-esque version of The Great Controversy in eleven episodes, Rajeev Sigamoney brings no small energy to PUC.

When he transitioned from Southern California to PUC as the film program coordinator in 2012, he arrived with some inspiring ideas about the potential Christian media has for Adventist evangelism — and a current project that is exploring some of those ideas in front of a worldwide audience.

“Two of my biggest loves have always been theology and film,” Sigamoney explains. “I’ve always loved theology and religion, obviously in relationship to my relationship with God... And I’ve always loved film.” Observing a culture in which people seem more willing to pay for movies than to attend sermons, he remarks that “at some level [film is] shaping culture and world view in a lot larger of a scope than I think that religion is in a lot of places.”

So it makes perfect sense that he’d combine these two loves in a project called The Recordkeeper, a web series that Sigamoney and Jason Satterlund are producing for the General Conference of Seventh-day Adventists (GC). The GC was looking for creative ways to promote their worldwide Great Hope Project, which aims to distribute massive quantities of an abridged version of The Great Controversy and get people engaged in topics that are important to Adventism. So far Sigamoney and Satterlund have produced two episodes of The Recordkeeper and are working on nine more, and Rajeev has high hopes that the project will become a global, immersive story that will use a variety of media to draw people into the narrative and also serve as an evangelism tool for churches across North America and Europe. “If we can garner a lot of interest in the series just as a pure narrative,” he muses, “then it will create these really cool bridge events that hopefully will get people talking about our theology and what our beliefs are as a church.”

Sigamoney spent a good part of his life avoiding “church work,” he explains. “The two things I didn’t want to write were Indian characters and Christians. I didn’t believe that either of them could be done well. But the two things I had the strongest voice in were my Christian beliefs and how it could relate to real characters, and the same thing with Indian characters that weren’t cliché.” In addition to letting him write from his strengths, working on The Recordkeeper has encouraged Sigamoney about the Adventist Church in general–that it “still aims to be relevant, and still aims to work on things that can connect with regular people in the same way that Ellen White did when she wrote her works.”

At PUC, Sigamoney brings all this experience into play in a new way: helping students navigate their own individual journey with film and faith. “I feel my experience both in mainstream Hollywood and in the Church has given me a unique perspective into both worlds,” Sigamoney explains. “And with the students here at PUC, I find students who want to follow both paths — which is exactly what we need. To teach film in the Adventist system means to equip our students to both strength- en the work in media that our church is al- ready doing and also to equip those who desire to work in the secular world, to succeed and have an impact on mainstream culture. Both are valuable and relevant and both have challenges that are unique.”

In his own journey, Sigamoney has come to focus on authenticity. And he asks that his students follow that path as well. “The one thing that I strive for each student that I interact with to maintain is honesty,” he says. “Honesty to who they are as an individual. Honesty to what God has called them to do. And honesty with their coworkers in giving their all to the work that they have committed their lives to. If a student in Film & TV at PUC can commit to this journey, then I know they will be successful whatever tasks God gives them, and that they will have joy in their career.”

Q&A: Katie Aguilar’s Career at Netflix

She puts the skills she learned at PUC to work.

Katie Aguilar

Katie Aguilar, who graduated in 2013 with a BFA in graphic design, currently works as a graphic designer on the creative services team at Netflix in Los Angeles, Calif. Below, Katie discusses her job at Netflix, her time at PUC, and advice she has for students wanting to follow in her footsteps.

What is the most important thing you learned during your time at PUC?

What stands out the most is learning to listen. Whether it was in a class, a meeting, or somewhere in the stillness of the Back 40, if I just listened, I learned something. There’s always someone with a different perspective or approach I would miss if I didn’t just quiet down and listen. I need reminding of that now and again.

Who was your favorite professor while you were at PUC and why?

That’s hard because I grew very close to my professors in the department of visual arts. Most of my PUC experience was spent in Fisher Hall, where my professors were really easy to talk to and always willing to help me through a project and oftentimes, life. So there isn’t just one, there are four. Shout-out to Milbert Mariano, Cliff Rusch, Haley Wesley, and Brian Kyle!

How did your time at PUC prepare you for your career?

It’s the little efficiencies I picked up along the way from my teachers or peers. Keyboard shortcuts, organization, timeliness, the importance of prioritization. It was really surprising when I got out into the “real world” how much those small things played such a big role in my day-to-day and made things run smoother.

What is the most enjoyable part of your job? The most challenging?

The most enjoyable part of my job is knowing I bring value to my team. We use these buzz phrases like “freedom and responsibility,” and it’s true, I have the freedom to work in a way that makes sense to me, the freedom to grow, to learn, to test new ideas and ask questions. My responsibilities to my team are for me to perform at my very best and I really enjoy being in an environment where I can thrive. That’s also the challenging part, I have the freedom to take my career where I want to, so it’s up to me to use my time wisely and make the most out of every opportunity.

What advice would you give for other young aspiring designers?

Some advice I’d give any aspiring designer:

  1. Talk to your professors! Get to know them! They’re such a valuable resource and can help you get through the creative fog you’ll inevitably have during projects.
  2. Be aware of what’s out there. Find out what other designers are doing, what new software is coming out that could improve or change the way you think about design.
  3. Don’t be afraid to try crazy ideas.
  4. Don’t limit yourself to one area of design. Lately all the job postings I’ve seen are looking for a jack of all trades. You don’t need to be an expert in every Adobe product but knowing some fundamentals can come in really handy later on.
  5. Go for it! The only real limit to how far you can go is often set by you. Don’t be afraid of messing up or not getting the exact result you wanted. Just keep going for it. You’ll surprise yourself how far you really go.