Studio Art (B.A.)

Explore all of your creative interests

If you want to gain broad skills and an understanding of art and art practices, but also want to explore the vast opportunities for intellectual discovery at IU, consider pursuing a B.A. in Studio Art. Choose to concentrate in one of our nine studio areas, or study a wide range of artistic disciplines (declaring a focus in a particular studio area is not required).

The program is designed to enable students to see, to formulate, and to articulate visual concepts through the manipulation of forms, materials, and ideas. Its basic aim is to develop awareness of visual expression within the humanist tradition.

Learn from nationally and internationally recognized artists

You'll have the opportunity to work with faculty who are practicing artists with a depth and breadth of knowledge in the field. Take advantage of time during studio classes to talk with instructors about your goals as an artist, and to discuss topics related to the course content, your assignments, and any readings required for the class.

B.A. in Studio Art curriculum

Students must complete at least 39 credit hours in studio and at least 12 credit hours in art history (at least 51 credit hours total), including the following:

  • SOAD-A 100 Pathways: Introduction to Art, Design and Merchandising
  • SOAD-A 101 Creative Core: Color
  • SOAD-A 102 Creative Core: Drawing
  • SOAD-A 103 Creative Core: 3D Design
  • SOAD-A 211 Cross-Disciplinary Workshops (any topic)

Two (2) additional courses selected from the following:

  • SOAD-A 211 Cross-Disciplinary Workshops (in addition to Creative Core requirement)
  • Any SOAD-S course at the 200 level

Complete 18 additional credit hours in studio courses at the 300–400 level, including both two-dimensional and three-dimensional disciplines, with at least 3 credit hours at the 400 level.

In fulfilling the above requirements, students must also:

  • Complete at least 20 credit hours of studio courses in residence on the Bloomington campus
  • Satisfy the CASE Credit Hour and Residency Requirements of the College of Arts and Sciences. (The Major GPA includes all SOAD-A, SOAD-S, SOAD-U, and SOAD-X courses as well as their equivalents)
  • ARTH-A 102 Renaissance through Modern Art
  • One (1) course selected from the following:
    • ARTH-A 101 Ancient and Medieval Art
    • ARTH-A 155 Introduction to African Art
    • ARTH-A 160 Introduction to East Asian Art
  • One (1) ARTH course at the 200–400 level
  • One (1) ARTH course at the 300–400 level (in addition to 200-400 level course above)
  • At least six (6) credit hours from the courses above must be completed in residence on the Bloomington campus

Students must also complete the B.A. degree requirements of the College of Arts and Sciences.

View a full list of courses and descriptions

Studio art internships

Internships offer studio art majors a chance to develop both technical and transferable skills while making vital professional contacts with others in the field. Students are encouraged to begin exploring internship opportunities as early as their freshman year.

Previous Studio Art majors have found internships with organizations such as the following:

  • Bloomington Area Music
  • Blueline Media Productions
  • Boys and Girls Club of Bloomington
  • Centraltrack.com
  • Environmental Systems Designs, Inc.
  • Indiana Daily Student
  • IU Eskenazi Museum of Art
  • IU Kelley Creative Services
  • IU Themester
  • Secretly Canadian
  • Social Butterfly Wedding and Event Planning

Students might also work in apprenticeships with independent artists or craftspeople, and Graphic Design students have the opportunity to work with departments on campus or for local businesses.