Communication, Arts and Media

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We are a broad department that encompasses some of the most exciting disciplines that are vital to success in today's most-in-demand career markets.

Some of the department's most compelling features include:

Art and Design

  • As a art education major, you'll earn your teaching license through ORU's College of Education which is accredited by the highest rated accrediting board in the nation. You will experience the creation and instruction of art in a wide range of art and design disciplines to prepare you for almost any teaching opportunity. View the art education degree plan.
  • As a graphic design major, you'll learn the industry standards for visual communication through a wide range of design concepts and media. Students develop skills in communication, problem analysis, brainstorming, prototyping, testing and production. Areas of study include branding, typography, motion design, website/application interface and client driven solutions. View the graphic design degree plan.
  • As a studio art major, you'll nurture your creativity as an expression of your beliefs, abilities and call to be a Christian artist. Students receive a firm foundation blending creative experiences with a critical knowledge of art both past and present. The studio art major offers training in four disciplines—painting, ceramics, sculpture and printmaking. View the studio art degree plan.


  • As a communication major, you'll be trained in interpersonal (counseling) skills, organizational (business) skills so that you can interact with people better in any setting. You will learn about training and development, presentations in every venue, and argumentation to speak well and persuade others. View the communication degree plan.
  • As a communication art education major, you'll earn your teaching license through ORU's College of Education which is accredited by the highest rated accrediting board in the nation. You'll also enjoy our department's own, fully staffed, state-of-the-art educational technology lab. View the communication arts education degree plan.


  • As a dance major or minor, you'll train with guest dance artists who teach classes and set repertoire for ORU dancers. Your dance program includes bi-annual dance concerts, local and national performance opportunities, dance missions; and apprentice experiences in dance companies, studios and within the community. View the dance degree plan.

Drama, Theatre and Television

  • As a drama, television and film performance major, you'll participate in at least six live performance opportunities in addition to your media project each year. View the drama, television and film performance degree plan.
  • As a theatre arts major, you'll experience all areas of the theatre from design and technology to stage management and live performance. View the theatre arts degree plan.
  • As a musical theatre major, you'll be trained equally in theatre, music and dance so you'll have a distinct advantage when looking for employment. View the musical theatre degree plan.


  • As a cinema/television/digital media major, you'll participate in mini practicums and gain skills in film/video production and editing, audio multi-track recording, remixing and sound effects, scriptwriting and TV/film criticism, Web/DVD creation, and production facility design. View the Cinema/Television/Digital Media degree plan.
  • As a public relations media student, you'll gain industry know-how by networking with PR industry professionals and interning in PR agencies, businesses, non-profit organizations and ministries. View the public relations degree plan.
  • As an advertising media student, you'll develop your strategic, creative and persuasive skills in designing and pitching your campaign to local, national and international clients. View the advertising degree plan.
  • As a convergence journalism media major, you'll get lots of hands-on experience writing and editing news and feature stories; producing radio and TV broadcasts that reach live audiences; developing an online breaking news presence on the Web; and publishing a newspaper and magazine serving the ORU community. View the convergence journalism degree plan.
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Audition Process and Portfolio Review


Auditions are held at the beginning of each semester as well as at special times during the year for those desiring to major in Dance. For information on audition requirements, international student video auditions, and an application click here.

Talent Scholarships are available to students majoring or minoring in Dance.  Students must audition by March 5 to be eligible for scholarships for the Fall semester. If you will be attending a Quest Whole Person Scholarship Day or College Weekend, you can audition there, please click here to request an audition time.

Drama, Theatre and Television

Theatre program auditions are held on the Thursday and Friday afternoons of College Weekend in November and March. 

Students interested in theatre scholarships are asked to prepare one 90 second monologue or provide a design portfolio, if interested in the theatre technology areas. Both auditions and portfolio reviews will be followed by an with an interview with the ORU theatre faculty.

For musical theatre, please provide one song from the musical theatre repertoire. Auditions for the musical theatre program are scheduled via the ORU Music Department.

Studio art and Graphic Design

ORU Art Programs Talent Award Scholarships are renewable for up to four years in amounts ranging from $1,000 to $2,000 per year. Recipients must remain an art education, graphic design or studio art major and maintain a 2.5 GPA. Applications are submitted via a digital application procedure.

  1. Create a digital portfolio with a minimum of ten (10) examples of your best work. Recommended sites for no-cost portfolio hosting include Carbonmade and Behance.
  2. Write a letter stating why you want to major in art at ORU. Please mention any awards or honors you have received.
  3. Send an email to Assistant Professor Jason W. Howell ( with a link to your online portfolio site and your application. Application Deadline is March 1 yearly.