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College of Visual and Performing Arts

Department of Fine Arts

John Hrehov,
Department Chair and Professor

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

Office: Visual Arts Building
Room: VA117
Hours: Mon-Fri 8 am-5 pm

Phone: 260-481-6705
Fax: 260-481-6707
E-mail: webers@ipfw.edu

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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.

Bachelor Degrees

  • Bachelor of Arts (B.A.)
  • Bachelor of Fine Arts (B.F.A.)
  • Bachelor of Arts in Art Education 

    Minors

    • Art History
    • Fine Arts

    Bachelor of Arts (B.A.)

    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 120 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].

    • 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 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 Fine Arts 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, 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 120 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].

    • 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. 
    • Petition into the B.F.A. Program
      Students may petition the Department of Fine Arts 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 Fine Arts 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 Fine Arts. 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 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 120 credits are required for graduation. For a full listing of class requirements, procedures, and policies, refer to Department of Fine Arts 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

    For a full listing of class requirements, procedures, and policies, refer to Department of Fine Arts Student Handbook [PDF].

    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. Below is a listing of courses offered:

    • FINA H111 History of Art I: Prehistoric to Medieval
    • FINA H112 History of Art II: Renaissance to Contemporary
    • FINA H314 Art of the Modern World
    • FINA H323 Ancient Greek Art
    • FINA H324 Roman Art
    • FINA H332 Early Medieval Art
    • FINA H333 Later Medieval Art
    • FINA H341 Northern Renaissance Art
    • FINA H342 Italian Renaissance Art
    • FINA H351 Nineteenth Century Art
    • FINA H352 Twentieth Century Art
    • FINA H363 African Art
    • FINA H431 Research Seminar in Medieval Art
    • FINA H415 Art of Pre-Columbian America
    • FINA H432 Reading Seminar in Medieval Art

    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

    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:

    • FINA P121 Drawing Fundamentals I
    • FINA P122 Drawing Fundamentals II (pre-requisite P121)
    • FINA P151 Design Fundamentals I
    • FINA P152 Design Fundamentals II

    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.

    “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.