Chairperson: Dr. Alden Cavanaugh
Department Office: Fine Arts Building, Room 108
Web site: http://www.indstate.edu/art-dept
The undergraduate programs offered by the Department of Art and Design encourage students to think and work creatively, and to become engaged members of a variety of artistic and scholarly communities. The programs are designed to develop broad and versatile creative abilities while providing a highly professional education that prepares students for careers as studio artists, graphic designers, educators, multimedia practitioners, art educators and art historians, as well as for future graduate study. The Department of Art and Design is accredited by the National Association of Schools of Art and Design (NASAD).
The Department of Art and Design offers the Bachelor of Fine Arts and the Bachelor of Arts in art, and the Bachelor of Science in art education. Candidates for any of these degrees must successfully complete the University requirement of a minimum of 120 credits, including Foundational Studies course work and the requirements for the departmental major.
The Bachelor of Science in art education prepares students to become licensed as teachers of the visual arts. The 57-credit program provides for licensure to teach kindergarten-12 and to supervise art programs at these levels. Students should be thoroughly familiar with the teaching curriculum and the requirements for admission to the Teacher Education Program, which are detailed in the Bayh College of Education and the Department of Curriculum, Instruction, and Media Technology sections in this Catalog. Specific courses are also listed below the Art Education Program requirements. All art education majors must obtain a grade of C or better in the core classes to advance in the teacher licensure program.
In the studio art degree programs, concentrations include: 2-D arts, 3-D arts, graphic design, and intermedia. Course work in art history is a major component of these degree programs, which encourage students to research, speak, and write about the visual arts in an articulate and informed way. Drawing is a vital part of all studio degrees, providing students with basic perceptual and technical skills. Courses in computer and digital art provide students with both practical and conceptual knowledge of one of the fastest growing fields in art and technology.
The department considers advising to be an important part of a student’s academic program. There are many differences among students in their career goals, and every student in the Department of Art and Design receives professional guidance to determine an appropriate and specialized program to meet their needs. Students who work closely with their academic and area advisors are more likely to be successful. All students must work with their academic advisor prior to registration each semester.
Each student in the department’s programs must complete the fourth-semester (or incoming-transfer) portfolio review with an overall acceptance. The portfolio will include work from core studio courses and may include work from other courses.
The programs of the Department of Art and Design are located in several campus facilities. The Fine Arts Building, which underwent a $15M renovation in 2019, houses graphic design and digital art computer labs and collaboration spaces, the Media Realization Center, serigraphy studio, art education facility, classrooms, faculty offices and the department office. Studios for painting, photography, printmaking, and drawing are located in historic Fairbanks Hall. The Art Annex houses ceramics and sculpture studios. Offices of 2D and 3D faculty are located in Fairbanks Hall and the Art Annex.
Students gain exposure to artists of national and international significance through scheduled exhibitions and lectures in the University Art Gallery, located in the Landini Center for Performing and Fine Arts Building. The Bare-Montgomery Gallery, located in Fairbanks Hall, provides students with the opportunity to exhibit their own work or to curate exhibitions of student work. The Turman Art Gallery, located in the Fine Arts Building, offers professional artists and students an excellent space to display their work. In addition, the Indiana State University Permanent Art Collection, administered by the ISU Library, contains an impressive inventory of twentieth-century artwork that is exhibited throughout the University.