John Brown University
About John Brown University
John Brown University (JBU) is a private, non-denominational Christian four-year university with a 200-acre main campus located in Siloam Springs, Arkansas. Siloam Springs is home to many annual events including the Dogwood Festival in the Spring, the Siloam Springs Rodeo and the Siloam Springs Heritage Festival every June, a city fireworks presentation for the 4th of July, and the Siloam Springs Music Games Marching Band Competition, also in July. At the Siloam Springs Museum, history enthusiasts can explore the past through permanent and rotating exhibits highlighting Indian culture, pioneer life, medicine and many other facets of the city's history. Animal lovers will also appreciate the Wild Wilderness Drive-through Safari near Siloam Springs. On a three-mile drive, visitors see 85 species of animals, including giraffes, zebras, monkeys and more.
JBU's visual arts department offers four four-year BS degree programs in visual arts fields. Each requires completion of the University's general education core curriculum, plus completion of the visual arts core. Required courses include computer graphics, visual media and culture, color studies, graphic design, introduction to photography, portfolio and presentation, and an internship. Students must also complete one art history course chosen from a list of three possibilities.
The first of the available visual arts degrees is in digital media arts. Students in this field choose a concentration in either animation, cinema, or Web. All students must complete a Senior comprehensive project prior to graduation. The animation concentration requires several courses in two- and three-dimensional computer animation, plus an intermediate drawing course and sequential art and storyboarding. For the cinema concentration, students study foundations in digital editing, an introduction to cinema, cinematography, film theory and criticism, digital darkroom, and both nonfiction and narrative film production. A course in broadcast documentary is also required, culminating in the creation of a documentary short. The Web concentration requires courses in two-dimensional animation, intermediate graphic design, foundations in interactive design, typography, introduction to game design, database Web programming, and both DVD and Web design and authoring.
Other available visual arts degrees are in graphic design, illustration, and photography. All fields require a total of 27 hours of courses in the specific major. Courses for the BS in graphic design include drawing, three additional graphic design courses, foundations of interactive design, typography, digital darkroom, history of advertising and design, and Web design and authoring. The BS in illustration requires two levels of drawing courses, sequential art and storyboarding, figure drawing, and three levels of illustration. Students then choose either watercolor or oil painting and complete two levels of study to finish the degree. For the BS in Photography, students take courses in cinematography, intermediate graphic design, foundations of interactive design, digital darkroom, social documentary photography, and history of advertising and design. To complete the program, students choose either fine art photography or fine art photography and society, and then either commercial photography in social context or commercial studio photography.
JBU offers many institutional scholarships to new and returning students. There are competitive academic scholarships such as the Presidential Scholarship and the Chancellor's Scholarship. Merit-based academic scholarships include the Trustee's Award and the Dean's Award. There are also awards based on recognition and achievement such as the First Year Achievement Awards and the Top Graduate Award, and recognition awards for service like the Legacy Award and the Family Christian Service Award. Art scholarships based on performance and athletic scholarships based on ability are available, as well as need-based scholarships such as the Founder's Grant and the Missionary Children Scholarship. Other scholarships include the Air Force Scholarship, the Billy Graham and Ruth Bell Graham Evangelism Endowed Scholarship, the Hispanic College Fund Scholarships, and Researching Scholarships.
John Brown University is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission of the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools. JBU is a member of the NAIA Division I and offers intercollegiate sports including men's and women¡¦s basketball, men's and women¡¦s soccer, men's and women¡¦s tennis, women¡¦s swimming, and women¡¦s volleyball. Intramural sports are also available for participation by all students throughout the school year, with teams and events available in flag football, soccer, softball, 3-on-3 and 5-on-5 basketball, coed volleyball, golf, dodgeball, 5K run, coed softball, and sand volleyball. Students are also encouraged to participate in student groups and organizations on campus. The Student Government Association is the organization responsible for many all-campus activities. CAUSE Student Ministries is a collection of service organizations. Passion is a small group discipleship ministry. Other organizations include academic groups such as the Alpha Chi honor society, the Engineers Club, and Honors Scholars, sports clubs such as men's rugby and men's and women's ultimate frisbee, and special interest groups such as the African Heritage International Fellowship and the Married Student Fellowship. There are even organizations involving academic credit, including the Cathedral Choir, the Women's Chorus, and the student newspaper and yearbook. In addition, JBU offers its students many services, including academic assistance, a career development center, counseling, disability services, financial aid, health services, an Honors program, technology services, and a writing center.