Department Chair and Professor
Indiana University-Purdue University Fort Wayne
2101 E. Coliseum Boulevard
Fort Wayne, IN 46805-1499
Office: Visual Arts Building
Hours: Mon-Fri 8 am-5 pm
“Bingo Sheet” is IPFW’s term for the document which outlines the sequence of classes required for a particular degree. Students are encouraged to download and use the bingo sheet as a means of keeping track of completed 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 bingo sheets please contact your advisor. For a full explanation of classes needed for the major/minor/certificate of choice please check the IPFW Bulletins.
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 Fine Arts Student Handbook [PDF]. Students within the B.F.A. program can concentrate on 6 Study Emphasis. Two minors offered by the department are listed below.
The IPFW B.A. program is a broad-based liberal arts degree which allows students to explore a wide-ranging interest in and out of the Fine Arts 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, metalsmithing, painting, 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 Fine Arts 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 123 credit hours of study are required for graduation. For a full listing of class requirements, procedures, and policies, refer to Department of Fine Arts Student Handbook [PDF].
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, metalsmithing, painting, printmaking, or sculpture. Department of Fine Arts 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 Fine Arts 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 123 credit hours of study are required for graduation. For a full listing of class requirements, procedures, and policies, refer to Department of Fine Arts Student Handbook [PDF].
The Art Education program at IPFW 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 128 credits are required for graduation. For a full listing of class requirements, procedures, and policies, refer to Department of Fine Arts Student Handbook [PDF].
For a full listing of class requirements, procedures, and policies, refer to Department of Fine Arts Student Handbook [PDF].
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. Below is a listing of courses offered:
Resident Requirements: Completion of at least 9 resident credits at the 200 level or above is required for the minor.
A Fine Arts Minor is designed for IPFW students outside of Department of Fine Arts programs. PFW students can earn a minor in art by completing 15 credit hours within the Department of Fine Arts while maintaining a 2.0 GPA within the classes. All paperwork concerning the request to complete a minor, must be completed and be on file in the Department of Fine Arts before any classes can be taken. Classes must be a Fine Arts major course. Classes cannot be taken beyond the minor fulfillment unless a student declares themselves a Fine Arts major. Choose three of the four 100 level classes below:
Select two additional classes within the Fine Arts program. 200 level classes must precede 300 level classes in any area of concentration. P152 must be taken prior to any 200 level ceramic, metalsmithing, or sculpture class.
Resident Requirements: Completion of at least 6 resident credits at the 200 level or above is required for the Fine Arts Minor.