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Example Course Plan

Bachelor of Arts (Design) Example Course Plan

Bachelor of Fine Arts Example Course Plan

Bachelor of Arts (Studio) Course Plan (first 3 semesters)

This is an example course plan based on the 2023-2024 University Catalog; your actual schedule may deviate from this example. Your faculty advisor will work with you to select appropriate courses.

As an IWU student, it is your responsibility to track your progress each semester towards completing graduation requirements using the MyIWU degree audit tool.

Fall Semester

Spring Semester

May Term

  • Optional

* In the rare event that a student can only take one studio art course during the first semester, that course must be Foundation Art.

** Notes a course offered once per year.  Please refer to University Catalog.

Fall Semester


Study Abroad

For students interested in studying abroad, either fall or spring of the third year is recommended.

Additional Information

  • No amount of experience in secondary school art is the equivalent of ART 111 and 113. All students majoring in Art must complete these two courses or similar courses at the college level.
  • Students must take an appropriate number of art and art history courses in their freshman and sophomore year in order to graduate in four years. Students who do not comply with the recommended pattern typically discover—in their junior year—that popular options such as study abroad, urban semester, and internships are not available within a four-year plan. Quality advising of art major students requires that they be informed of the likely consequences of not following the required pattern.

Julie Johnson - Director of the Ames School of Art and Design

Department - School Of Art