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

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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. The portfolio should consist of 12-15 works, with at least two works from each 100 level Foundation course.  Upon a satisfactory portfolio review, students will continue in 200 level Fundamentals studio classes. Some students may be asked to re-take Foundation classes to attain department standards. Criteria for successful review of student work will:

  • show a visual understanding of the representational drawing of volume and pictorial space with an understanding of linear perspective.        
  • show the ability to compose aesthetic element of line, tone/value, shape, texture, color, and 3D form in space.

200 Level B.F.A. and B.A. Art Education Portfolio Review

Each student must submit a portfolio of 200 level work to attain formal acceptance into the B.F.A program. Each petitioning student must apply to present their work with the Department of Fine Arts office in the semester in which they complete all 200 level Fundamentals classes listed above. Each student applying for acceptance into the B.F.A. program will declare their area of studio concentration, i.e. painting, sculpture, with the understanding that areas of art can be interdisciplinary and flexible. The portfolio should consist of 15-20 works, with at least two works from each 200 level Fundamentals course. Consideration of work will be given in accordance to each student’s intended concentration area. i.e., printmaking majors should be able to show strong drawing skills. It is highly recommended that students seek faculty advice, especially from faculty whose area they are intending to apply, on which works to submit for review. Faculty evaluations will be based on a student’s exceptional knowledge and skills in:

  • Demonstrating technical and aesthetic understanding (for the 200 level) of your chosen major; i.e. drawing, ceramics, metalsmithing, painting, printmaking, or sculpture.      
  • For 2D majors: drawing, painting, printmaking as well as the demonstration of competence and serious investigation in 3D media.
  • For 3D majors: ceramics, metalsmithing, and sculpture with competence and serious investigation in 2D media.

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.