Within Ball State’s outstanding facilities, you will find a range of studio and academic opportunities aimed at developing professional artists. The School of Art is united by a commitment to promote craft, advance technical skills, mature scholarship, and provide a strong foundation for teaching studio arts.

In the School of Art, you can choose from 12 artistic specializations. Each area offers a challenging and rewarding experience working with traditional and contemporary art forms, experienced faculty, and modern, spacious facilities.


Art Major

Bachelor of Fine Arts

Our intensive art major (BFA) gives you the opportunity to develop a specialization in one of nine focus areas based on your preferred medium.

Visual Arts/Animation Major

Bachelor of Fine Arts

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Immerse yourself in the vivid, vibrant worlds of 3-D, 2-D, and stop-motion animation with this nationally recognized program. You’ll equip yourself to work in film, TV, video games, medical animations, advertising, and more. Learn more.

Art Education Major

Bachelor of Arts or Bachelor of Science

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Undergo a dynamic, comprehensive training program and licensure in teaching art at all levels. As part of this program, you’ll develop your content fluency within an academically rigorous course of study that emphasizes the art disciplines of the studio, criticism, art history, and aesthetics. Learn more.

Art Major

Bachelor of Arts

Our art major (BA) offers two concentrations. Experience a comprehensive overview of the world of art from ancient to contemporary times through an art history concentration. Our studio art concentration, meanwhile, gives you a strong base in the fundamentals of art as well as opportunities to specialize in a medium of your choice.

Graphic Arts Management Major

Bachelor of Arts or Bachelor of Science

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Gain a broad, technical understanding of graphic arts through hands-on experience with modern printing processes and equipment. This experiential program will prepare you with the technical and managerial skills needed for your professional career in the dynamic, diverse graphic arts and printing industry. Learn more.

Master's Degree in Visual Art

Master of Fine Arts

Refine your studio skills and academic scholarship while working closely with expert faculty in your chosen medium. Our master of fine arts in visual arts offers four concentrations that allow you to develop a specialization in your preferred area.