Visual Art

No mean city

Indianapolis is the 14th largest city in the nation, but embodies the charm of a small town. You will find that it is no mean city and a place that values partnership and diversity. Herron is a key part of this metropolitan area, full of entrepreneurial spirit and a robust art and design community.

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Within these walls

Herron has everything you need to find inspiration and do amazing work. You will have your own studio and access to Herron's two buildings with 200,000 square feet of studios; a professional lighting studio; walk-in resin, casting, and finishing rooms; as well as the Think It Make It Lab.

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Year 1, Fall Semester

  • Studio Emphasis I
  • Interdisciplinary Collaboration in the Visual Arts
  • Art of the Past Two Decades
  • Graduate Studio Elective

Year 1, Spring Semester

  • Studio Emphasis II
  • Project Management/Public Art
  • Art Histoy or University Visual Art Teaching Practicum
  • Graduate Studio Elective

Year 2, Fall Semester

  • Studio Emphasis III
  • Interdisciplinary Critique in the Visual Arts
  • Art Theory and Criticism
  • Graduate Studio Elective or Academic Elective

Year 2, Spring Semester

  • Studio Emphasis IV: Thesis Exhibit/Project
  • Art History or Academic Elective
  • Graduate Studio Elective

Meet your allies, mentors, and critics-in-chief

Herron welcomes about 10 students annually to its two-year cohort. Our dedicated graduate faculty aim to foster a positive, inclusive learning environment in which the intellectual and emotional capacity of each individual is considered to be part of their professional growth and career goals.

Core graduate faculty are:

Hands-on, community-based learning

M.F.A. candidates gain exposure to artists, designers, and industry professionals through Herron's endowed lecture series. Our spacious and stunning galleries offer encounters with contemporary art and world-renowned artists, as well as the work of Herron's acclaimed faculty, distinguished alumni, and students.

Funding support through one of Herron's many study abroad trips cements a curriculum that encourages leadership in the professional practice of visual art and prepares graduates for a wide range of professional careers, from college-level teaching to creative entrepreneurship to employment at urban arts organizations.

The Basile Center for Art, Design and Public Life facilitates cross-campus and city-wide collaborations and commissions with Herron's and Indianapolis' many cultural institutions, social initiatives, and corporate and government partners.

Join Indiana’s premier school of art and design

Degree programs