Courses of Study
llinois Wesleyan’s School of Art offers two art degrees. The Bachelor of Fine Arts
(BFA) is the professional degree for the visual arts and the field of graphic design
and the Bachelor of Arts (BA) works well for students seeking to double major.
BFA (concentrations listed below)
BA (concentrations listed below)
We offer three minors available to all students across campus to support their major.
The Annual Juried Student Art Exhibition
The Juried Student Art Exhibition takes place every Spring Semester. All art majors
are required to submit three works of art. IWU presents numerous awards every year,
including The Gallery Award and Faculty Selection Award, both chosen by the School
of Art faculty; Director's Award; President's Award, a cash award sponsored by the
President; Mayo Alumni Award, a purchase prize; Dyke Alumni Award; National Residence
Hall Honorary "Hall of The Year" purchase prize award; Memorial Center Purchase Prize,
and the Sipich Alumni Award.
Following the Awards Ceremony, senior BFA students give an oral presentation on their
project for the Senior Show on display in the Merwin & Wakeley galleries, as part
of the University-wide John Wesley Powell Student Research Conference.
BFA and BA students wishing to pursue research honors work with the School of Art
and the Associate Provost's office to initiate an honors project. To qualify, candidates
must have a 3.50 gpa or higher in their major, and 3.25 gpa or higher overall. Students
have the opportunity to publish honors projects on IWU's Digital Commons.
The Eckley Scholars and Artists Program supports summer research and creative activity
for several students each year, enabling them to stay on campus over the summer to
work under the direction of faculty mentors. The program was established by the late
President Emeritus Robert S. Eckley, his wife Nell and the Eckley Family Foundation. Award: $4,000
(must be a currently enrolled student to qualify). Deadline is usually in February.
The Ames Library Artistic and Scholarly Research Award program provides a funding opportunity
for an IWU student under the supervision of a faculty sponsor to propose a significant
research or creative project in their specific fields of study. Award: $500. Deadline
is usually in March.