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 a wide range of 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 and Bachelor of Arts

We offer both a BFA and BA option in Studio Art. The BFA is a professional degree that allows you to specialize in one of nine areas based on your preferred medium. The BA is a liberal arts degree that suits students who are looking to pair studio art with another major or minor.

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.

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Graphic Design Major

Bachelor of Fine Arts or Bachelor of Science

Graphic designers are critical thinkers who communicate ideas through type, image, and color. Learn to think critically and solve design problems as you prepare for a career in this global creative industry. Learn more.

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Visual Arts/Animation Major

Bachelor of Fine Arts

Immerse yourself in the vivid, vibrant worlds of 3D, 2D, 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.

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Art Education Major

Bachelor of Arts or Bachelor of Science

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.

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Graphic Arts Management Major

Bachelor of Arts or Bachelor of Science

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.

Minor in Art History

With our art history minor, you can start your course of study with introductory courses into global traditions and the modern world of art, then wrap-up with broader topics like art theory and practice. Learn more.

Minor in Studio Art

By enrolling in our studio art minor, you'll learn art basics through foundational courses in art media and techniques, then build your artistic skills with selected classes in your preferred medium. Learn more.

Minor in Business Administration

For Graphic Arts Management Majors

As a graphic arts management major, you’ll gain a well-rounded education with a required minor in business administration to build a foundation of knowledge in marketing, management, and more. 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. Our Master of Fine Arts in Visual Arts program is being considered for suspension and is not accepting new applications at this time.