College of Visual and Performing Arts

Department of Fine Arts

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

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

Fine Arts | Music | Theatre | VCD

What is an Externship?

The externship program is designed to give IPFW undergraduate students the opportunity to explore a specific career field while networking with professionals and alumni within the community.


Any IPFW current undergraduate student is eligible to participate [week of Spring break] externship program; however, only one will be selected for each opportunity.

How to Participate

To participate in the externship program, you will need to submit your resume and the additional paperwork on JobZone for the externship program.

Matching Process

All applications will be reviewed after the application deadline has passed. Once applications have been read and processed, students will be matched with externship sites. Students who are assigned to externships will be expected to meet with a career counselor to review guidelines and confirm commitment to the externship program. The employer will contact you to set up the first meeting.

We will make every effort to place all interested students in suitable externships. However, we cannot guarantee placement for all students. Since the primary purpose of the externship program is for career exploration, note that students who have relatively less exposure to the career field and submit well thought-out applications will be given placement preference. Location may also be a factor in matching externs with externship hosts.


Fort Wayne Museum of Art Extern

Externs will participate in meetings, assist with projects, and conduct informational interviews with staff.  The Fort Wayne Museum of Art collects, preserves, presents and interprets American and related art to engage broad and diverse audiences throughout the community and region, and add value to their lives.

Commitment: 2-3 days
10:00 am-5:00 pm  



Fort Wayne Youtheatre 

Depends on the time of the year,  Students will work with all aspects of a functioning theatre.  Marketing, set painting, clerical, helping to supervise and work with children.  Youtheatre is one of the oldest children's theatres in the nation.  Four Main Stage Shows a season, 13 different classes, a traveling troupe and extensive community outreach through our After School Drama Clubs, Summer Theatre Camps and Creative Drama Workshops.

Commitment: 2-5 days.  9-4 pm  

Majors: BUS, EDU, FINA, INTR, Info Systems, THTR, VCD


Windsong Pictures

Extern can engage in filming scenes, rehearsing, set and float design, designing DVD labels, marketing art work, contacting businesses and media, & planning the International Windsong Film Festival.  Will be exposed to editing a major motion picture shot in HD.  There are a good number of business related jobs as well.  It is a very busy time of year for us.

Commitment:  2-5 days  Evening & Weekend hours 

Majors:  BUS, COM, CS, EDU, ENG, FINA, HIST, JOUR, THTR, VCD, General Studies

To apply: