Joining a student organization within the School of Art, Architecture and Design is a great way to build your portfolio and gain professional experience outside the classroom. Collaborate with like-minded students in a supportive environment, plan events and exhibits, and work with visiting artists.
Explore our organizations, guilds + clubs
See all of our studio area guilds and clubs including ceramics, graphic design, metals + jewelry, painting, printmaking, sculpture, and textiles.
Design Studies Student Organization (DSSO)
The Design Studies Student Organization (DSSO) gives you the opportunity to explore design through an ever changing variety of events. Past events have included portfolio shows, partnerships with Indiana University’s Habitat for Humanity Chapter, internship panels between seniors and freshman, and the annual trip to Chicago.
The annual DSSO Chicago field trip gives students a first hand look at design in the city of Chicago. Previous trips have included visits to the IIT campus, Millennium Park, tours of architecture and interior design firms, and visits to Merchandise Mart showrooms to see the newest materials, products, and furniture in the field of interior design. This trip allows students to gain a greater understanding of the professional interior design field and inspires better student design work.
The Fuller Projects
The Fuller Projects is a student-run gallery that exhibits contemporary works by emerging artists. Located in the McCalla School, the venue provides a space for artists to experiment with concepts, materials, working processes, and audience interaction.Learn more about The Fuller Projects
Master of Fine Arts Organization (MFAO)
The Master of Fine Arts Organization (MFAO) encourages educational, scientific, technical, and aesthetic development in the various fields of studio art. MFAO provides a forum for the exchange of ideas relevant to studio area fields. The organization also fundraises to bring in visiting artists and publish a catalog of graduating M.F.A. student work.
Retail Studies Organization (RSO)
The Retail Studies Organization (RSO) offers students a place to grow professionally and to prepare for their future in the retail industry. As one of the largest student organizations at IU, the RSO provides insightful, industry-focused experiences, such as on-site company visits, guest speakers, seminars, and more. RSO gives students the opportunity to engage and connect with industry executives as well as students interested in retail studies.
Studio area guilds and clubs
Studio area guilds and clubs allow students within a studio discipline to work together outside the classroom. Guilds and clubs put on art events for the campus and community, host guest artists, and explore art independent of curriculum.
- Ceramics Guild at IU
The purpose of the Ceramics Guild at IU is to expose the greater community of IU and Bloomington to ceramics through activities such as pottery/ceramic art sales, visiting artist workshops and lectures, open studio nights, community wood-firings, and conferences. Currently membership is open to students who have been accepted into the ceramics B.F.A. and M.F.A. program.
- IU Graphic Design Club
The IU Graphic Design Club is a community for Indiana University students with an interest in graphic design, typography, letterpress, and more. It is a social environment where students can meet others with similar interests, exchange creative ideas, share graphic design internship and job opportunities, and connect with professionals. Graphic Design Club welcomes any student with a keen interest in graphic design and/or related fields of study who is willing to participate and learn.
- Metalsmithing and Jewelry Guild
The Metals Guild at IU aims to inform the community of Bloomington and beyond about the metal arts. Events and activities of the metals guild fund field trips, workshops, artist visits, and other events to benefit the students of Indiana University.
- Painting Guild
The Painting Guild is a group of Indiana University graduate painting students who promote professional development and community involvement in the arts through activities such as artist visits and lectures, figure drawing sessions, open studios, fundraisers, and exhibitions.
- IU Print Workshop
Print Workshop at IU strives to expose students, the greater community and Bloomington to print media through activities such as print shows, visiting artist workshops and lectures, conferences and other interactive events. We also work on collaborative projects throughout the year, such as book making and T-shirt printing, as well as participating in on-campus events such as First Thursdays. The club is open to all students interested in printmaking. Meetings are scheduled throughout the year.
- Sculpture Guild
The Sculpture Guild supports and advances the professional lives and careers of its members, in addition to furthering the development and appreciation of the sculptural arts. The Sculpture Guild hosts visiting artist workshops and lectures, as well as community iron and bronze pours, and enables its members to attend conferences. Members of the Sculpture Guild affirm their support of the field and commit to the free exchange of information for the general benefit of all.
- Textile Artist Association
The Textile Artist Association helps students bring relevant fiber, textile, and material artists to Bloomington. Through fundraising and group activities, Textile Artist Association develops relationships with other fine art programs and hosts events for the betterment of Indiana University and the Bloomington community.
Explore all student organizations at IU
There’s always something to do and unlimited opportunities to get involved, meet people, and try new things. With more than 750 student organizations at IU, there is something for every interest, hobby, and passion.
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