Indiana - Purdue University

After many years of offering courses at separate locations in Fort Wayne, Indiana University and Purdue University opened the combined campus of IPFW in 1964. The 1970s were a time of rapid growth, accompanied by the formal merger of the campus administration in 1975. A regional campus of both Indiana University and Purdue University, IPFW is managed by Purdue University under the terms of a management agreement that is renewed every five years. In the 1980s, an academic structure was created to emphasize relationships among departments rather than relationships of departments to Indiana or Purdue mission assignments.

Major facilities opened during the early 1990s included the Visual Arts Building; Williams Theatre; Engineering, Technology and Computer Science Building; and Child Care Center. A new campus facilities master plan was completed in 1995, and IPFW’s first Strategic Plan was completed that same year. The Science Building, which opened in 1998, is the most recent major construction project.

Enrollments for fall 2004 were the highest in the history of the campus. Student Housing opened in f... [ Read All ]

Fort Wayne

United States

Department of Fine Arts Indiana University-Purdue University Fort Wayne, 2101 E. Coliseum Boulevard
IN 46805-1499
Phone: 260 481-6705

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Our Aims

IPFW is a public comprehensive university, created by Indiana University and Purdue University to serve the higher education needs of northeast Indiana. Our mission is to offer a broad range of high-quality undergraduate, graduate, and continuing education programs that meet regional needs; to support excellence in teaching and learning; to advance and share knowledge through research and creative endeavor; and to work with the community to develop intellectual, cultural, economic, and human resources.  

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Department and information about the department

The Department of Fine Arts is proud to offer Indiana University degrees in fine art to students selected for their creative talent and potential for artistic achievement. At IPFW, students with a love for the arts and commitment to succeed come together in a supportive and enjoyable learning community to prepare for their future.  

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Information For  Undergraduates

The Department of Fine Arts offers contemporary, comprehensive Indiana University degrees. The Bachelor of Fine Arts’ four-year program provides graduates with skills that enable them to pursue professions within the art field. The Bachelor of Arts in Education (art education) prepares students who are looking for employment teaching at the K-12 educational level. The four year Bachelor of Arts degree is a liberal arts degree designed for the student wanting a more well rounded and flexible criteria in their studies. The fine arts minor is offered to majors outside the Department of Fine to enrich a major area of study. The minor in art history is available for art majors and non art majors alike.  

Information For  International Students

IPFW Multicultural Services ( exists as a support system for African American, Hispanic, Native American, International, Asian American, and first generation non-traditional college students. Multicultural Services also serves to maintain a positive connection and working relationship between the university and diverse groups. Several student organizations are offered through Multicultural Services, as well as programs, a newsletter, and scholarships.  


We are proud of the many exciting accomplishments of the nearly 200 alumni of the Department of Fine Arts, who live in dozens of states across the country and are creating and collaborating in the areas of fine arts. Many of our graduates have remained in northeast Indiana, where their exciting creativity continues to reflect on the School of Visual and Performing Arts as the Center for Arts Education in Northeast Indiana.

One of our major educational objectives is to provide quality educational experiences which will help our graduates achieve their career goals, and we are delighted to learn of their progress and successes.

Fine arts alumni are encouraged to provide information on their recent accomplishment and to update their contact information. Please e-mail your information Susan Domer, VPA Marketing and Public Relations Specialist at or call her 260-481-6025.

We highlight fine arts alumni each semester in VPA Visions, the school newsletter, which is published during the fall and spring semester for patrons, faculty, students, and alumni. If you would like to be on our direct mailing list to receive VPA Vision...  [ Read All ]

Student Facilities

The Visual Arts Building (VA) houses more than a dozen large, well-equipped studios for drawing, painting, printmaking, sculpture, metalsmithing and ceramics, as well as computer labs and lecture and audiovisual rooms. Indoor and outdoor kilns are also integral to the program.

Fine Arts has space in the Dolnick Learning Center (DLC), located across Crescent Avenue in a very scenic and rustic area at the Fort Wayne State Developmental Center (FWSDC). The DLC classrooms are currently shared by Ivy Tech, the IPFW School of Education and VPA’s art and music programs.

Fine Arts has created eight art studios for use by senior art students to develop their senior projects in secure spaces in which they can leave their materials out at the end of a work session and resume at any time without the projects being disturbed. With 24 hour access, the artists have the flexibility to commit extended hours to their artistic endeavors.

In August 2007, the new Music Building will be utilized to host arts conferences, festivals, summer camps, visiting artists and an expanded IPFW Community Arts Academy for pre-K-12 students. With comm...  [ Read All ]

Student Life

Student Life oversees all of the student organizations on campus, including the American Choral Directors Association, Art Students League, IPFW Band Student Organization, Music Educators National Conference, Music Therapy Student Organization, Student Theatre Organization, and Visual Design Association. For more information on Student Life, visit  


IPFW Student Housing is a community in and of itself on campus. Occupants have apartment-style dorms with private bedrooms, allowing for ample peace and quiet necessary to study, finish homework and complete projects. Student Housing allows for quick, easy access to the main campus and provides an active student atmosphere and network.  

How To Apply

After official admission to IPFW (contact IPFW Admissions at 260-481-6812), advising may be arranged by calling the Fine Arts department chair at 260-481-6709. The bachelor and associate degree programs begin with a sequence of foundation courses. After the sophomore year, students submit a portfolio of selected creative work for review. When the faculty approve admission to a four-year degree program, advanced work in a chosen area of concentration may begin.

If you are pursuing a major other than one in visual communication and design, you may earn a minor in the discipline by completing a minimum of 15 credits, including at least 9 resident credits, with a grade of C or better in each course.  

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