About the Major

Studying fine arts at IUPUI in the Herron School of Art and Design is your first step in building a meaningful and influential career in art and design. You will study the historical development of art as a social and intellectual phenomenon. As a student, you will learn about art firsthand with Indianapolis community partners and will find opportunities and resources to bring your artistic concepts to fruition. All majors spend the first year building foundational skills. Fine arts majors include: ceramics, drawing and illustration, furniture design, painting, photography, printmaking, and sculpture.

Skills and abilities the major develops include: understanding historical contexts, analysis, fine arts skills, and cultural competency (Herron School of Art and Design, 2017).

Quick Facts

Sample Coursework

  • Art history
  • Drawing
  • Color concepts
  • Studio course
  • Digital imaging
  • 2-D media
  • 3-D media
  • Senior thesis

Possible Careers

  • Freelance artist
  • Gallery curator
  • Graphic designer
  • Nonprofit program coordinator
  • Production artist
  • Visual arts educator*

*This career requires additional education or training.

Where could I work?

  • Angie's List
  • Education
  • IU Health
  • Indianapolis Museum of Art
  • IUPUI
  • Nonprofits

Arts, Humanities, and Human Services Cluster

This major is part of the Arts, Humanities, and Human Services (AHHS) cluster. The AHHS cluster is the academic home of University College students pursuing majors in art and design, education, general studies, journalism, liberal arts, and social work. The AHHS cluster partners with students on their academic advising and career plans to guide them into their degree-granting schools. 

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