Studio Art

Department of Art

Studio Art

We believe that everyone has a hidden artist inside of themselves. Our program is designed to help you pull out your best artistic abilities, whether it leads you to a career as a studio artist or teacher, or to furthering your education with a Master of Fine Arts degree. When you begin our program, you embark on a journey that starts with laying a foundation of fundamental art concepts and ends with a battle-hardened craft in the concentration of your choice.

Program strengths

  • Art facilities are open 24 hours
  • Choice of four concentrations allow you to focus on the area that interests you the most
  • Choice of two degrees provides options to meet your learning and career goals
  • Courses lay a fundamental foundation in art, then move into specific concentrations
  • Experienced faculty with advanced artistic backgrounds
  • Small faculty-to-student ratio allows you to spend more time with professors to improve on skills, work on challenges, and develop a strong art portfolio
  • Intimate class sizes allow you to work on your craft with the help of others, giving you experience in learning from other artists

Concentration choices

Within the studio art major, you’ll get to choose an area in which to concentrate. After your sophomore year, you’ll spend 12 credit hours in studio concentration courses.

  • Drawing
  • Painting
  • Ceramics
  • Digital photography

Two degree options

Bachelor of Fine Arts (BFA)

The heavier course load in the BFA program gives you a fully rounded education and more hands-on experience with your chosen concentration.

Bachelor of Arts (BA)

The course load with the BA degree is less heavy, enabling you to work toward a second major – either within the Art Department or outside of it.

Potential careers in studio art

  • Art teaching (K-12)
  • Teach classes at art centers and specialty art studios
  • Professional artist
  • Art historian
  • Curator
  • Exhibit designer
  • Archivist
  • Commercial artist

Employers of studio art graduates include:

  • Art museums and galleries
  • Local historical societies
  • Art schools
  • K-12 schools
  • Corporate media departments
  • Advertising agencies
  • Publishing companies
  • Design firms

Foundation across the arts

As a studio art major, you can expect to build foundational arts skills across many areas before you pick an area in which to concentrate. In addition, intro courses study fundamentals that will help you improve your personal craft. A few examples of courses you’ll take include:

  • Freshman Seminar
  • Fundamentals of Two-Dimensional Art
  • Fundamentals of Three-Dimensional Art
  • Intro to Computers for Artists

24-hour facilities

Our facilities are open 24-hours, giving you the right to work on your projects any time you want. Creativity often comes in waves, and being able to work when inspiration strikes is an important part of being an artist.

Studio art might be for you if:

  • You see yourself pursuing a career as an artist
  • You’ve always wanted to be a painter, drawer, photographer or pottery maker
  • You’d rather be doodling or working with your hands than anything else

Curriculum Guides

These curriculum guides outline the different classes you will need to take as a studio art major. The general education guide provides a list of all the classes you need in order to fulfill UIndy’s general education requirements. The studio art guide lists the classes you’ll need to take to fulfill your major’s requirements. Be sure to take a look at both guides in order to get a complete picture of what your classes will look like at UIndy.

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