Studio Art (B.F.A.)

Form your own art practice with rigorous, personalized study

If you want to gain skills that prepare you for a career in the arts, the Studio Art B.F.A. may be a good fit for you. The program offers a pre-professional degree that prepares highly motivated students for entry into graduate M.F.A. programs. It exposes students to an intensive studio experience, and the opportunity to focus in one particular studio area.

The curriculum is designed for exceptional students, who, once admitted have access to individual work space, mentorship from world-class faculty, and intimate class sizes, our graduates go on to top master’s programs and art professions around the globe. Because classes for each studio area in the B.F.A. are relatively small and designed for excellence, entry into the B.F.A. program is competitive. Learn more about the application process.

Work with a community of creatives + build a global network

You'll have one-on-one faculty mentorship and the opportunity to collaborate with M.F.A. students. With an average class size of eight students, you're ensured a personalized experience and education in a place where you belong. As a graduate, you'll join a network of working artists, researchers, scholars, and innovators all over the world.

B.F.A. in Studio Art curriculum

Students must complete at least 62 credit hours in studio and at least 12 credit hours in art history, including the CASE Credit Hour and Residency Requirements and 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 41 additional credit hours in studio courses at the 300–400 level, including both two-dimensional and three-dimensional disciplines prescribed by the coordinator of the area in which the degree is completed, to total 62 credit hours of studio work.

  • 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

At least 40 credit hours of studio and 6 credit hours of art history 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.