Visual Art

Flexibility is a key feature of the visual arts major. Students can take an interdisciplinary approach to the study of visual arts.

Photo of a piece of art shaped like a tent from the Fort Wayne Museum of Art.
Installation by Professor Johnny Coleman, "Underground No More: A Symposium of the Underground Railroad," at Ft. Wayne Museum of Art.
Photo credit: Courtesy of Fort Wayne Museum of Art

Most course requirements are within the art department, while the remaining requirements—12 credit hours—can be selected based on the student’s particular interests. 

Concentrations in this major permit students to study art or architectural history within a particular social or historical context; urban or environmental studies; critical theory, museum studies; or art conservation. In addition, students wishing to pursue projects in the creative arts may combine creative writing, theater, dance, music, performance art, or architectural design.

The visual arts major may also accommodate students who wish to study more comprehensive topics. A few examples might be environmental aspects of art and or architecture, art in the context of another discipline such as psychology, sociology, or philosophy; urban studies or architectural theory; critical or cultural studies; art and the law; arts management; or multimedia work in computer science or music.

Visual arts majors often enter graduate studies in studio art, museum studies, and art conservation. Many graduates are professional artists or have accepted professional assignments with nonprofit organizations, schools, and design firms. Others work in cinema, graphic and web design, architecture, and related fields.

Students interested in this major are invited to consult art department faculty for further information.