About Hardin-Simmons University
Hardin-Simmons University is located in Abilene, Texas, a city of 120,000 citizens and home to more than a dozen centers of higher education. The city is located near the center of Texas, just 150 miles west of the Dallas-Fort Worth metroplex. Abilene preserves the traditional heritage of the old West while providing all the advantages of a contemporary city. The city is home to a number of art galleries and art cafes, as well as The Center for Contemporary Arts, which offers exposure to more than 70-artist members' work and ten working studios. The center has four galleries and presents more than 24 exhibits annually by regional, national, and international photographers and artists working in a variety of media. Also of interest to creative types are the Grace Museum, which offers exhibits of art from around the world, and the National Center for Children's Illustrated Literature. A wide variety of shopping and dining options are available, including artist's supply stores.
Hardin-Simmons University is a Christian, faith-based institution, encouraging students to grow in their faith and apply it to their studies and professional future. Students within this Christian environment participate in a visual arts curriculum that examines historical context, contemporary issues and imaging technology while balancing both theory and practice.
The university offers the BA in graphic design. The art department's mission encourages study within a Christian environment that teaches students to be creative problem-solvers with open, responsible and flexible attitudes, capable of generating multiple solutions to contemporary visual challenges. Coursework includes drawing, design, photography, training in Adobe Photoshop, creative Web design, advanced publication design and packaging. According to the Web site, they prepare students to be competitive in the visual arts job market and exhibition circuit.
Hardin-Simmons University offers financial assistance from various programs comprised of federal, state, and institutional funds. The programs include grants, loans, scholarships, and work-study. Prospective students are encouraged to contact the financial aid office early in order to meet important deadlines for aid. Enrolled students are provided with academic, career, and personal counseling at no additional charge. Hardin-Simmons University is accredited regionally by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools, Commission on Colleges (SACSCC).