Photography

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).

Engaged Learning Experiences

Regardless of your major or future career, engaged learning is vital to your present and future. It makes you more marketable for jobs and professional schools upon graduation, it enables you to build deeper connections with faculty and staff in your field of study, and it makes your learning personal by connecting your interests and values with the curriculum from your classes.  Check out the three ideas below for places to get started, or learn more at IUPUI’s Institute for Engaged Learning website.

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 further 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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