The world needs image-makers and creative thinkers now more than ever, as our mediascape
turns increasingly visual and complex. Our graduates are well equipped to solve problems
artistically and use design thinking effectively.
Our Liberal Arts Curriculum
With a strong liberal arts focus we dedicate our attention to each student, focusing
on artistic and academic excellence and a personalized career path. As part of our
liberal arts philosophy, we value breadth of knowledge in the fine arts as much as
newly emerging art forms and critical approaches. The School of Art's broad-based
curriculum is designed to help facilitate flexibility in student direction and foster the critical
thinking and creativity that employers and graduate schools are seeking.
Individually designed experiential learning is incorporated into our curriculum through
valuable internships, special individual projects and affordable study abroad programs.
Every student will create their own student-directed portfolio of work with reflective
advising from faculty in the School of Art.
Our faculty members are active professionals outside of the studio classrooms and
share rich and varied experiences unique to artists, designers and scholars. Visiting
artists and graphic designers give artist talks every semester and students have the
opportunity to interact with them through studio workshops. We are happy to announce
our new Shiro Oni Artist in Residency Program, starting fall 2019. Each semester, a professional artist, selected by the Shiro
Oni Studio in Fujioka-shi, Japan, will be working in residence at IWU and students may actively engage with and learn
from these artists from around the globe.
Come See Us!
The Main Art office is located on the second floor, Room 208, Ames School of Art,
6 Ames Plaza, Bloomington, Illinois 61701.