The purpose of the Division of Art is to honor God as applicable to all life, including the call of artistic gifting. To accomplish this, the division offers a curriculum that emphasizes the fundamentals of art and challenges students to excel in their chosen field(s) of study. Each student is expected to develop aesthetic, conceptual, and technical proficiency while learning to express and model Christian values within a chosen discipline.
The mission of the division is to impact the world for Christ through the pursuit of excellence in the visual arts while providing a nurturing and challenging environment for emerging artists.
The Division of Art offers nine studio majors. Each major allows the student to focus on a specific discipline within his or her area of interest:
In addition to these majors, students may also complete cross-disciplinary degrees in the following:
Also available are the following minors:
Admission to an Art Major
Declaration of Art major(s)/minor(s) is made through the Registrar's Office. Students are encouraged to declare their major when making application to the university or during their first semester registration. Students are accepted into art major(s)/minor(s) on a conditional basis until successfully completing the mid-point review.
Permission to continue a specific major(s)/minor(s) in the Division of Art takes place during the second semester of the sophomore year (an exception would be transfer students from another institution or major). All Art major(s)/minor(s) must successfully complete the required courses (identified within the major) for their respective major(s)/minor(s) prior to the mid-point review. A portfolio of at least 10 studio projects from coursework completed at IWU and a completed mid-point review application form (available from the Art office) must be submitted to the Division of Art.
Requirements for transfer students will be considered on an individual basis. Transfer students must make arrangements through the coordinator of their major(s)/minor(s) for a portfolio review.
Failure to complete and pass the mid-point review may prevent students from registering for additional art courses, result in probation, or withdrawal from the Art major(s)/minor(s).
Students must maintain a minimum GPA of 2.5 in their declared major(s) or minor(s) and complete each course required by the major(s)/minor(s) with a "C" or above. Failure to do so will require repeating the course(s) or withdrawing from the major(s)/minor(s).
A senior art exhibit is mandatory for all students majoring in Ceramics, Graphic Design, Illustration, Media Design, Painting, Photography, and/or Printmaking. The senior exhibit is designed to give exhibition experience to the studio artist while showcasing his/her academic and creative accomplishments. Work submitted for the senior exhibit will be reviewed by the art faculty prior to acceptance.
Exiting Senior Assessment
A formal assessment process is required and must be successfully completed by all graduating seniors. As a part of this process, each graduating student must submit a digital portfolio to be assessed and archived within the Division of Art. Major/minor exiting requirements may be obtained from the Art office.
Equipment and Supplies
Laptops, software, cameras, equipment, and supply lists are available through the Art Division Web site for each program.