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Art and Design Programs

Combine your creative interests with our support to achieve your educational goals.

Whether you aspire to be an artist, a designer, or an educator, we can provide an engaging educational experience to enhance your academic success.

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B.F.A. in Art and Design

The bachelor of fine arts program is for artists and designers interested in pursuing a professional education in art and design. This program provides an in-depth formal education for entry into professional practice or graduate school. You’ll  specialize in one of the following concentrations: ceramics, drawing, graphic design, metalsmithing, painting, photography, printmaking, sculpture, or web design with elective studies in information technology. To pursue the B.F.A., you must start in the B.A. program and then apply for entrance into the B.F.A.

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Program Highlights

Content
  • Acquire technical and conceptual mastery in your chosen concentration
  • Attain self-discipline and time-management skills for professional success
  • Create a body of work in area of specialization

Accreditation

The Department of Art and Design is accredited by the National Association of Schools of Art and Design.

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Scholarships

 

Looking for ways to make paying for college a little easier? ScholarshipUniverse is a tool for current and admitted Purdue Fort Wayne students that allows you to create an academic profile and connect with scholarship opportunities.

For more information about all the scholarships available at Purdue Fort Wayne—including opportunities for specific programs—you can visit the Office of Financial Aid or contact us at [email protected].

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Requirements and Curriculum Overview

Our comprehensive curriculum and diverse requirements will challenge you to go further than you ever imagined. Check out what you can expect as you advance through our program.

Student Learning Outcomes

Upon completion of this degree, students will be able to demonstrate the following learning outcomes:

  • Utilize perceptual and conceptual skills to solve programs creatively in art/design media
  • Implement 2D and 3D design principles to create compelling and effective works of art and design in a variety of traditional and digital media
  • Demonstrate an understanding and competency of technical skills in traditional and digital art/design media to effectively communicate and express ideas
  • Effectively analyze and critique works of art/design in verbal and written forms, using visual vocabulary and familiarity with the works and intentions of of major artists/designers and movments of the past and present
  • Demonstrate effective visual, verbal, and written communication skills and an aptitude to apply those skills
  • Apply functional knowledge of basic art and design practical experiences and opportunities, as well as professional ethics
  • Exhibit artistic competency in portfolio review submissions and senior thesis exhibitions
Next stop: a successful future.
  • Archive Manager
  • Art Director
  • Ceramicist or Potter
  • Curator
  • Educator
  • Graphic Designer
  • Historian
  • Illustrator
  • Interactive Media Designer
  • Metalsmith
  • Museum or Gallery Administrator
  • Museum or Gallery Collections Manager
  • Painter
  • Photographer
  • Print Designer
  • Printmaker
  • Public Relations Specialist (for Museums and Galleries)
  • Restorationist
  • Sculptor
  • 3D Designer