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Bob Jones University

Art + Design Scholar

Careers in the Visual Arts—Camp for College Credit

Application Deadline: April 15

Art + Design Scholar camp is closed for this year. Check back again next year!

Pursue your passion and start your college journey this summer with EDUcamp Scholar. Hosted by Bob Jones University’s Division of Art + Design, this 3-week summer college immersion program allows students to experience life on campus, connect with fellow creatives from around the world, refine their artistic talents alongside BJU’s expert faculty, use the full extent of the resources in the Sargent Art Building, and create several original works of art and design in their field of interest — all while earning 2 college credits!

Open to just 24 rising high school juniors and seniors, students enroll in Ar 100 (Introduction to Careers in the Visual Arts) and receive individualized attention from BJU’s professors of art and design. The goals for students in this course include: employing creative thinking in the production of quality work; forming Christ-centered artistic goals of art and design; and evaluating career direction based on personal abilities and interests. A final portfolio evaluation celebrates student work created during EDUcamp Scholar.

Begin your college journey and apply today!

Eligibility & Requirements

1. Limited to 24 select rising high school juniors and seniors who are selected by BJU faculty. Applicants will be notified of their status no later than May 1.

2. Open to all applicants who demonstrate the ability and desire to contribute positively and benefit from the course, as evidenced by their application materials.

3. Students should expect to be in workshops all day for three weeks and work evening hours in-studio refining concepts and projects. Students interested in this course are passionate about making art and design and see this as an opportunity to consider whether or not they want to study art and design at the undergraduate level.

4. Students cannot be absent from any workshop, or evening studio time.

5. English Proficiency: All applicants who speak English as a second language, including U.S. citizens, must submit results from TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language). Since proficiency in English is a prerequisite for acceptance, applicants must retain an acceptable score on their test; BJU requires a minimum result of 93 on the TOEFL test. See more information about TOEFL.

6. Write a Statement of Purpose on your Art + Design EDUcamp Scholar application. The Statement of Purpose is a 200-250-word response to each of the following questions:

  • Students attend Art + Design EDUcamp Scholar for a wide variety of reasons, but all share a common passion for art and design. What artistic goals do you hope to achieve by completing this course?
  • BJU’s EDUcamp Scholar has high expectations of students. Describe a time when you had to be self-motivated to work through and complete a project or task. What are the personal skills that helped you? What personal skills would you like to improve at BJU’s EDUcamp Scholar?

7. Upload samples of artwork. Five samples of student’s artwork must be uploaded digitally. Samples should reflect as much of a variety of media as possible.

8. Accepted applicants must register as a student to BJU. Applicants will complete the Registration form under the guidance of the program director during week one.

Upload Sample Artwork


Weeks 1 & 2: EDUcamp schedule — See Art + Design camp.

Week 3: EDUcamp Scholar schedule — 30 hours; Monday–Friday; focused concentration of additional; projects in 1 field of specific interest; overseen by a faculty mentor; culminating in a portfolio evaluation.

Supply List:

  • At least a 1 GB USB flash drive to keep digital projects.
  • Outerwear for air conditioned studios
  • Closed-toe shoes to work in studios
  • Bug spray for adventures outside

* All other supplies will be provided.

General Information


When to Arrive

Check-in for all students is on Sunday between 2-4 p.m. at the Welcome Center.

Day Student drop-off each day will be from 8-8:30 a.m. at the Welcome Center.

What to do When You Arrive

When you arrive on campus, follow the signs to the Welcome Center to check in. Our EDUcamp counselors will give you your schedule and EDUcamp T-shirt. If you have a course balance, you can take care of it at this time.

When to Depart

Day Student pick-up each day will be at 7 p.m. in the Welcome Center. EDUcamp Scholar ends on Friday at noon.

Day Students

Day Students must live in or stay with family in the immediate Greenville area.

Students may be required to be on campus from 8:30 a.m. to 9 p.m. on EDUcamp Scholar days. Check your course schedule for specific details.

Day Students can also enjoy a fun highlight of our EDUcamp Scholar experience, the Bruins Bash, on Wednesday from 7-9 p.m.

Lunch and dinner are included in the course cost.

What to Bring

What to Bring

Phones may be used at certain time during the week of EDUcamp Scholar depending upon activities.

A modest amount of spending money is suggested for The Den, vending machines and Bruins Shop.

We provide all materials for Art + Design EDUcamp Scholar. Students may bring a paint smock and any art supplies they would like (sketchbooks, pencils, pens, etc.).

Please note: BJU cannot be responsible for money, valuables or personal articles.

What to Wear

Girls: For general EDUcamp Scholar activities, knee-length shorts or loose pants (yoga-type pants would not be appropriate) are normal course attire. Tank tops, low cut tops, or crop top styles will not be permitted. For those wishing to take part in any water activities, please bring dark, loose clothing.

Guys: For general EDUcamp Scholar activities, shorts or pants with a T-shirt are normal course attire. For those wishing to take part in any water activities, please bring dark, loose clothing.


Lunch will be served in our dining common in an all-you-can-eat buffet style. Any food concerns (allergies, diet restrictions, etc.) can be noted in the online registration form.

Course Director

Chris Barnhart

Chris Barnhart

Chris Barnhart worked in the graphic design industry for 17 years before joining the faculty of BJU. After earning BS and MA degrees in graphic design, he worked professionally as a graphic designer and gained experience in retail, manufacturing, marketing, non-profit and healthcare industries. He endeavors to encourage students to follow Christ, and he has a burden to see young people with a God-shaped character serving Him with their lives.

A message from the director:
Our team of accomplished faculty is looking forward to providing a rich experience for each student in the EDUcamp Scholar program. God has assembled a very special group of 15 faculty members at BJU with years of professional experience who care about coming along side students to help them develop their skills as they pursue God’s plans for their lives. Working one-on-one with each student, our talented faculty will help each student to improve their skills to the next level. Our goal is that each student comes away with 8-10 new pieces of work that they never knew they were capable of producing. We can’t wait to meet you and begin working together in our studios this summer!

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