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 B.F.A. program get their own studio spaces to facilitate uninterrupted creativity.

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The visual arts department 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, & the Palace of Legion of Honor.

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Students have won national awards including a film and television student who won first place in the National Geographic PSA contest.

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Our film students have interned at DreamWorks Animation, Sofia and Francis Ford Coppola's American Zoetrope, Pixar, & HBO.

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

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The photography program goes on a biannual trip to the Yucatan Peninsula during Spring Break.

Rayme Inae’s Passion for Growth

Once he had designed a new, more appealing website, people started paying attention.

Ryme Inae

Eleven years after graduating from Pacific Union college, Rayme Inae, ’01, returned to his alma mater to share his story of life after college and offer advice to budding artists and entrepreneurs. In a lively and frank presentation to visual arts students, Inae, creative director and co-founder of GoJane.com, encouraged students to "Grab the steering wheel of your own life!"

Living in Southern California, Inae ran into two friends who were trying to get a small company called GoJane.com—an online retailer of fashion forward apparel for young women—off the ground. Taking stock of their situation, Inae realized that he could help them build up their operation, but under one condition. “I told them, ‘I want to see growth,’” he said.

Inae ended up being an integral part of that growth. Once he had designed a new, more appealing website, people started paying attention. After a slew of orders came through in one day, Inae and his partners discovered that their customers had heard of them through YM, a popular teen magazine. That first appearance started a snowball effect: GoJane.com began showing up in editorials in every young women’s publication in the country, and their business took off.

He admits that in the wake of the company’s financial success, he became too focused on purely material goals—the big house, the expensive car. But once the thrill of those achievements wore off, he realized that those things weren’t satisfying. “It was just a matter of maturing and realizing there are things out there that are bigger than you,” he says. “Right now I take pride in investing in people.”

That includes investing in his employees. It also includes supporting students, by assisting them with tuition and sponsoring student mission trips. “I think a year abroad—you grow up a lot and find out who you are,” he says. He himself spent a year as a missionary in Japan during his time at PUC. “It’s a great growing experience, and I think it’s really cool.”

What keeps Inae excited about his work—as well as his more philanthropic investments—he says, is not a passion for selling women’s clothing. It’s not even the financial rewards of being part of a successful company. “It’s about identifying opportunity. If you’re so focused on one thing, you might miss other opportunities that are opening for you,” he said. “I just have a passion for growth.”

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: Justin Feltman’s Documentary Internship

I have worked on professional shoots before but this one is definitely the first where I have a significant role.

Justin Feltman

Justin Feltman, a film and television/marketing student, discusses his summer internship filming Napa Valley Dreams.

What is your internship?

I am working on a documentary on the Napa Valley called Napa Valley Dreams. It is an exploration of the people and places that make up the Napa Valley and the effect [living in the valley] has on us.

What does an average day of filming consist of?

On set, I generally run sound and do a lot of grip work or assistant camera work. When not on set, I help coordinate shoots and work on scheduling shoots in the future.

What are you enjoying about making the film?

I really get to see and know the Napa Valley. We have explored all the many wonderful places and sites of the Napa Valley and I get to do this for free. It also has been amazing to make connections with people I would have never met otherwise.

What’s the most challenging thing about filming?

The schedule can be brutal as it always can be when it comes to film. We have had a couple shoots that go past 11 p.m. then I have to wake up at 4:30 a.m. for a 5 a.m. call time so that we can shoot at sunrise. In the end, it’s worth it. We need to get the best shots possible and sleep is just a small sacrifice.

What knowledge and skills are you learning this summer?

I get a lot of hands-on work. I know how to operate the Red Epic camera. I get to network and coordinate shoots, and I get to have a lot more great experiences like that. I have worked on professional shoots before but this one is definitely the first where I have a significant role.

How is this helping you work toward your career?

I want to be a producer one day so this definitely helps. I have learned a lot about the role of the producer and how I must go about doing that work. I definitely feel much more prepared for producing professionally thank to this film project.