College of Visual and Performing Arts

Department of Visual Communication and Design

The Department of Visual Communication and Design is accredited by the National Association of Schools of Art and Design (NASAD).

Haig David-West,
Department Chair and Professor

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

Office: Visual Arts Building
Room: VA213
Hours: Mon - Fri 8 am - 5 pm

Phone: 260-481-6709
Fax: 260-481-6707


Fine Arts | Music | Theatre | VCD

The visual arts meet many basic human needs: aesthetic appreciation of beautiful objects; expression of artistic feelings and emotions which prompt recognition of inner truths; sharing of accomplishments with others; the joy of discovery; satisfaction in achievement resulting from challenging and disciplined work.

Another basic human need is earning a livelihood. People possessing talent and creative ability are more fortunate than most - they have the option of developing their talents and pursuing careers they will enjoy and that will benefit others. While the love of art making is an important philosophy in the College of Visual and Performing Arts, so is the opportunity to make a good living through one's talents and love of the arts.

When you review the following guides to career in the arts, you will realize that there are many career options available to creative people who are following their dream. We hope this information will be helpful as you consider possible careers in the arts and your preparation to contribute to society through your art.

High school students can prepare for rewarding careers in art by participating in high school art classes, supplemented by community-based art instruction, such as the IPFW Community Arts Academy. Visiting art galleries and museums, reading about art, and talking with professional artists are also beneficial. Students should maintain a good grade point average in all of their studies.

Careers include:

  • Advertising Artist
  • Art Agent
  • Animator
  • Art Acquisition Specialist
  • Art Professor    
  • Audiovisual Specialist  
  • Art Theory
  • Billboard Artist  
  • Book Jacket Designer
  • Book Designer
  • Cartoonist
  • CD Cover Designer
  • Children's Book Illustrator
  • Collection Manager
  • Comic Strip Artist
  • Corporate Designer
  • Craftsperson
  • Custom Decorator
  • Desktop Publishing Artist
  • Exhibit Designer
  • Fashion Designer
  • Flatware Designer
  • Freelance Artist  
  • Furniture Designer   
  • Graphic Designer
  • Gallery Director
  • Illustrator
  • Journalistic Artist Magazine Designer
  • K-12 Teacher
  • Museum/Gallery
  • Medical Illustrator
  • Package Designer
  • Photographer        
  • Production Artist
  • Production Coordinator  
  • Professional Fine Artist
  • Showcase Design
  • Technical Illustrator
  • Textile Designer   
  • Web Designer