Student Life

This is more than art school.

This is about being part of a community that challenges everything you think you know, opening your mind to question, critique, and create.

Your peers come from different cultures, countries, and disciplines. Your faculty are experts in everything from ancient artifacts to video game design. And your classrooms and studios are worlds where any idea is possible.

Purple sculptures in a gallery.

Being an art student in a liberal arts school means I have more opportunities to think outside of my own discipline and take classes with students from all backgrounds.

Rose Harding, B.F.A. in sculpture
People stand looking at a classroom chalkboard.

Art + community

What makes being an art student at IU different from a traditional art school is the freedom to create beyond your studio area.

Whatever you’re interested in, you can collaborate with expert faculty and passionate students from different disciplines—from human biology to film studies to video game design.

Interdisciplinary courses, research and creative activity, and collaborations encourage our students to experiment and diversify their educations.

See how we collaborate


Silver and turquoise ring created by Ben Cooke, B.F.A. Metals Student.
A set of hand-made mugs by Chayton Friesen, who is currently studying ceramics.
A draped bodice by fashion design senior, Elana Fiorini.
"Orange Sorbet" by Hoi Chang, B.F.A. ceramics student.
Graphic art from Sarah Keesling, graphic design student.
Sierra Mack-Erb, fashion design student, refining her spine-inspired resort wear.
People walk and bike along a paved trail.

Heart of a city + soul of a small town

Bloomington may seem like an unlikely place to find a vibrant art scene, diverse community, and scenic natural beauty. But it’s all here—the attractions of a city and tight-knit community of a Midwest town.

Music festivals and broadway shows. Pizza by the slice and international cuisine. Gallery walks and nature trails. You’ll find art all over Bloomington—from exhibits and collections to street murals and sculptures. Bloomington hosts events throughout the year that make art accessible and prominent in the community. There’s always something to do, see, and try.

And the best part: everything is just a walk or bike ride away.

See the complete Bloomington events calendar