College of Visual and Performing Arts
College of Visual and Performing Arts

John O'Connell,  Dean

Purdue University Fort Wayne
2101 E. Coliseum Boulevard
Fort Wayne, IN 46805-1499

  • Office: Visual Arts Building
  • Room: VA102
  • Hours: Mon-Fri, 8 am–5 pm

  • Phone: 260-481-6977
  • Fax: 260-481-6707
  • E-mail: [email protected]

Purdue Fort Wayne
Box Office

Art and Design | School of Music | Theatre

Cooperative Education

The College of Visual and Performing Arts sponsors many cooperative education endeavors. Whether it is student teaching in the K-12 classroom, a practicum in the Purdue Fort Wayne School of Music Therapy Clinic for application of classroom theories, or student arts scholars working in K-12 classrooms through the University Arts Connection, we are always looking for opportunities to connect our arts students with the community. It provides practical experience, strengthens your resume and enhances our community.

For information on any of the cooperative education opportunities listed below, please contact the College of Visual and Performing Arts at 260-481-6977.

Music Therapy Practica

Student Teaching

  • Art
  • Music


  • Music (Music and an Outside Field)
  • Art and Design

Cooperative Education at Purdue University Fort Wayne 

Cooperative education (Co-op) a nationally recognized academic training program that involves partnerships between students, employers, and Purdue Fort Wayne. This academic enhancement program gives you the opportunity to explore how classroom theory relates to actual employment opportunities, while you remain an University student. The Program is highly successful and has a proven history of benefits to students, employers, and Purdue Fort Wayne.

  • 2,231 co-ops worked with 242 employers in northeast Indiana, Alabama, Ohio, Illinois, Kentucky, Massachusetts, North Carolina, and Tennessee in the past 20 years of the Program
  • 94% of Purdue Fort Wayne Co-op students persist to graduation 
  • 91% of Purdue Fort Wayne Co-op graduates land career–related jobs within 1-2  months of graduation
  • 75% of Purdue Fort Wayne Co-ops accept full-time career-related jobs with Co-op employers
  • 5-25% above entry level salary is what Purdue Fort Wayne Co-op graduates can expect when they enter the workforce

You receive a competitive wage and earn academic credit while working two or more semesters with an employer from the Greater Fort Wayne area or you can go to another state. The choice is yours.

Local employers provide outstanding co-op opportunities in the Schools of Arts and Sciences; Engineering, Technology, and Computer Science; Richard T. Doermer Business and Management Sciences; and the Division of Organizational Leadership and Supervision.

Faculty co-op coordinators approve all employers who request students. Also they approve your application based on departmental criteria. Upon approval, you are ready to begin the interview process.