Current Students

Student Handbooks

Required reading for all Fine Arts and VCD majors.
Click here to access the Department of Fine Arts student handbook.
Click here to access the Department of Visual Communication and Design student handbook.

Dean's Student Grant Application

Dean John O'Connell encourages VPA students who need supplemental travel and research funding to submit a Student Grant Application for possible funding through the Dean's office.

Research and Creative Endeavor

Research takes many forms in the arts, from painting, designing web pages and researching art history and aesthetics to music and theatre performance, musicological research and theatrical set design. Just as VPA faculty is actively engaged in their specialty area of research/creative endeavor, ongoing activity in undergraduate research/creative endeavor is very important for our students. IPFW is committed to enriching the undergraduate experience by providing opportunities for students to experience first-hand the process of scholarly exploration and discovery.

Talk to your advisor or department chair about how you can develop your area of research/creative endeavor in collaboration with faculty beyond your classroom experience. You may present your own art exhibition at a local gallery or shop, perform for the residents of a senior center, produce light or set design for a regional school production or enter a competition.

Sharing your research/creative endeavor with the community will provide valuable professional experience for you, add to your list of accomplishments on your resume, and enrich the quality of life in our region while bringing recognition to IPFW as the Center for Arts Education in Northeastern Indiana.

To support these efforts and those of the faculty mentors involved, the university offers the following grant programs to students engaged in research and creative activities:

IPFW Research Communities Program

Communities of student scholars centered on the research interests of IPFW students and faculty.

Additional University Student Resources