College of Visual and Performing Arts

Academic Degree Programs


The Purdue University Fort Wayne Catalog is the document which outlines the sequence of classes required for a particular degree. Students are encouraged to refer to the catalog as a means of keeping track of required courses and to schedule classes. However, students still must meet with their advisor at least once per semester for academic advising, as well as to secure permission to enter classes that require departmental permission. For assistance with or questions about the catalog please contact your advisor. For a list of classes needed for the major/minor/certificate of your choice and a description of those individual classes, please check the catalogs listed.

The Department of Fine Arts offers the following contemporary, comprehensive Indiana University bachelor degrees. A full listing of class requirements, procedures, and policies, refer to Department of Art and Design Student Handbook [PDF]. Students within the B.F.A. program can concentrate on one of eight study emphasis. Two minors offered by the department are listed below.

Bachelor Degrees

  • Bachelor of Arts (B.A.)
  • Bachelor of Fine Arts (B.F.A.)
  • Bachelor of Arts in Art Education 
  • Bachelor of Science in Interior Design (B.S.)

Minors

  • Art History
  • Art and Design

Bachelor of Arts (B.A.)

The Purdue Fort Wayne B.A. program is a broad-based liberal arts degree which allows students to explore a wide-ranging interest in and out of the Art and Design courses. Many B.A. students combine art study with courses in psychology, business, and languages for careers in Art Therapy, Arts Administration, and International Studies as well as establish independent professional art studio careers. The art-making practice is through several studio concentrations including ceramics, drawing, graphic design, metalsmithing, painting, photogrphy, printmaking, and sculpture. Students can choose to concentrate in a specific art discipline, or may explore a wide range of artistic disciplines. The Bachelor of Arts degree is divided into three parts; 33 credit hours of General Education, 57-69 credit hours of Art Studio and Art History classes, and 21-33 credit hours of General Liberal Arts classes. Students in the Department of Art and Design B.A. program must maintain a minimum 2.0 cumulative GPA and receive a grade of C or higher in all Art Studio and Art History classes. A total of 120 credit hours of study are required for graduation. For a full listing of class requirements, procedures, and policies, refer to Department of Art and Design Student Handbook [PDF].

  • 100 Level Foundation Portfolio Review Checkpoint 
    Students in all of the Department of Art and Design programs will submit a portfolio of 100 level Foundation studio work to be reviewed by department faculty at the end of all completed 100 level classes. The review is a checkpoint to assure that students have met adequate quality standards in the Foundation program.
  • 200 Level B.F.A. and B.A. Art Education Portfolio Review
    B. A. majors may petition the Department of Art and Design to apply for portfolio review to enter the B.F.A. (Bachelor of Fine Arts) program after taking all 200 level Fundamental classes listed in the degree program.

Bachelor of Fine Arts  (B.F.A.) 

The Bachelor of Fine Arts program is designed for exceptional students who are interested in pursuing a professional career in the field of art. They must have demonstrated superior quality and motivation in a particular studio art discipline. Students within the B.F.A. program can concentrate in ceramics, drawing, graphic design, metalsmithing, painting, photography, printmaking, or sculpture. Department of Art and Design students who wish to attain a B.F.A. start in the B.A. program, then petition for formal entrance into the B.F.A. program after the completion of 200-level studio requirements. The Bachelor of Art and Design degree is divided into two parts; 33 credit hours of General Education classes, and 90 credit hours of art history and studio classes. All B.F.A. students must maintain a 2.5 cumulative G.P.A. plus a 3.0 G.P.A. and receive a grade of C or higher in all Art Studio and Art History classes within the B.F.A. program. A total of 120 credit hours of study are required for graduation. For a full listing of class requirements, procedures, and policies, refer to Department of Art and Design Student Handbook [PDF].

  • 100 Level Foundation Portfolio Review Checkpoint  
    Students in all of the Department of Art and Design programs will submit a portfolio of 100 level Foundation studio work to be reviewed by Department of Art an Design faculty. The review is a checkpoint to assure that students have met adequate quality standards in the Foundation program. 
  • Petition into the B.F.A. Program
    Students may petition the Department of Art and Design to enter the (Bachelor of Fine Arts) B.F.A. program after taking all 200 level Fundamental classes. Students will be asked to fill out an application, present a portfolio for review of 200 level studio classes, and be part of an interview with Department of Art and Design faculty. Judgment will be made based on the above criteria and review of grades.
  • Senior Project and Exhibition
    The B.F.A. Senior Project is a two-semester course during the senior year. Students must be signed into these classes by the Chair of the Department of Art and Design. During this year, students will be part of at least three departmental critiques of their work. Each student will be asked to partake in discussions of other student’s work during the critiques. Students will also be asked to be part of seminars, attend visiting artist’s lectures and demonstrations, visit exhibitions, and present and express ideas about their art work to other seniors. 

Bachelor of Art in Art Education (B.A.)  

The Art Education program at Purdue Fort Wayne promotes and cultivates the role of artist/teacher as the ideal educator of the arts in schools today. With a strong background in studio arts, student teachers use their experience as artists to develop a philosophy that aims to create authentic art making conditions in their future positions as art educators. Art educators learn to advocate for the arts and are given learning opportunities both in school and museum contexts as they grow to share learning and understanding of visual arts education.

The Bachelor of Art in Art Education degree prepares the student to teach elementary, middle school/junior high or high school art. This program is designed to give the student a strong foundation in the arts while understanding the role of the artist/educator. If a student already holds an art degree, it is possible to obtain certification to teach through the addition of the appropriate education courses providing you meet general university requirements. The Bachelor of Art in Art Education degree is divided into three parts; 39 credit hours of General Education, 54 credit hours of art history and art studio work, and 38 credit hours of Professional Education classes. A cumulative GPA of 2.5 plus a 3.0 GPA and a grade of C or higher in all Art Studio and Art History classes within the B.A. in Art Education program is required (including coursework taken from previous institutions). In addition each Area of General Education must maintain a 2.0 GPA. A total of 120 credits are required for graduation. For a full listing of class requirements, procedures, and policies, refer to Department of Art and Design Student Handbook [PDF].

  • 100 Level Foundation Portfolio Review Checkpoint  
    Students in all of the Department of Fine Arts programs will submit a portfolio of 100 level Foundation studio work to be reviewed by Department of Fine Arts faculty. The review is a checkpoint to assure that students have met adequate quality standards in the Foundation program. 
  • 200 Level B.A. in Art Education Portfolio Review 
    Each student must submit a portfolio of 200 level work to attain formal acceptance into the B.A. in Art Education program. The Department of Fine Arts portfolio review must be passed and recorded before students will be allowed to enter the Block 1 Teacher Education classes. Students presenting a portfolio for acceptance into the B.A. in Art Education program can declare an area of studio concentration, i.e. painting, sculpture, or can decide to take a variety of advanced studio classes. 

Minors


Art History Minor - 18 Credits

A student may earn a minor in Art History by completing 18 credit hours of FINA Art History courses with a grade of C or better in each class. The 18 credits must include H111 and H112. H11 and H112 must be taken before advanced art history classes.
Resident Requirements: Completion of at least 9 resident credits at the 200 level or above is required for the minor.

Fine Arts Minor - 15 Credits

An Art and Design Minor is designed for Purdue Fort Wayne students outside of Department of Art and Design programs.  Purdue Fort Wayne students can earn a minor in art and design by completing 15 credit hours within the Department of Art and Design while maintaining a 2.0 GPA within the classes. Classes must be AD pre-fix classes and must be Art and Design major classes.   No classes can be taken beyond the minor fulfillment unless a student becomes an Art and Design major.
Resident Requirements:  Completion of as least 9 resident credits is required for the minor.