The University offers a bachelor of fine arts (B.F.A.) that prepares students to enter the work force
as artists, designers, photographers, and a host of other creative professions—or to pursue a master
of fine arts or related graduate degree.
The Fine Arts Program is a performance-oriented degree in studio art, designed to develop high levels
of competency in one or more studio areas (listed below) and to prepare students to make clear and
logical verbal presentations on artistic matters.
Students are encouraged to think and work creatively, and to become engaged members of a variety of
artistic and scholarly communities. Each student receives professional guidance and participates in
annual department assessment reviews that serve to enhance his or her scholastic and creative development.
Coursework includes study in art history, criticism, and theory. Drawing is a vital part of the program,
and provides students with basic perceptual and technical skills.
In addition, students complete a concentration in one of the following areas:
2-dimensional arts (computer art, drawing, painting, photography, printmaking)
3-dimensional arts (ceramics, sculpture/metal)
Students who wish to teach (Kindergarten-12) must take additional credits to meet teacher licensure requirements.
The Fine Arts Program is distinguished by the smallness of its classes and a curriculum that strikes a balance between traditional
art-making processes and cutting-edge technology. Spacious studios and ample equipment enhance hands-on experiences.
Courses are conducted in over 70,000 square feet of professionally equipped and maintained space. The Fine Arts Building houses the graphic design and computer art studios, classrooms, the art education facility, an extensive slide library, and departmental offices. Studios for painting, photography, printmaking, papermaking, and drawing are located in historic Fairbanks Hall.
The Fine Arts Annex houses ceramics and sculpture.
Students gain exposure to artists of national and international significance through a regular schedule of exhibitions and lectures in the
University Art Gallery. The Bare-Montgomery Gallery provides students with the opportunity to exhibit their own
work or to curate exhibitions of student work. Other gallery spaces, including the University's Permanent Collection, provide students with additional opportunities to view or exhibit artwork.
The department offers a number of student organizations, including the Omega Chapter of the Kappa Pi International Honorary Art Fraternity. In addition, students have opportunities to apply their knowledge and talent through real-life experiences such as
interning at design firms or community arts centers.
Graphic design: animator, CAD designer, cell artist, cinematographer, computer artist installation artist, filmmaker, performance artist, video artist, or producer
Painting: caricaturist, cartoonist, curator, display painter, gallery staff, mural artist, painter, or scene painter
Photography: aerial photographer, commercial photographer, digital photographer, fashion photographer, fine art photographer, large format photographer, portrait photographer, still life photographer, or video photographer
Printmaking: studio assistant, master printer, or careers in etching, intaglio, lithography, and serigraphy
Sculpture/metals: 3-D artist, artist welder, foundry artist, museum artist, stone carver, or tile sculptor
A myriad of other job opportunities are available such as antiques dealer, architectural art and model building, arts administration, art consulting, education, museum work, display and exhibition design, graphic design, and associated illustration.
In addition, the bachelor of fine arts is excellent preparation for students who wish to further their education and pursue a master of fine arts or related graduate degree.
In addition, the Department of Art and Design is accredited by the National Association of Schools of Art and Design.
Financial Aid & Scholarships
Students have many sources of financial support for their studies, including financial aid, work-study programs, veterans' benefits, and special scholarships for entering freshmen and transfer students.
In addition, the Department of Art and Design awards several scholarships and juried prizes. For more information, contact the department.
The Catalog of Indiana State University is the document of
authority for all students. The requirements given in the catalog supersede information issued by any
academic department, program, college, or school. The University reserves the right to change the
requirements at any time.