Department of Art


Jim Davis presents "40 Years of Drawing Comics". Click HERE to view the previously recorded live stream. 

Did you know?

The award-winning faculty of the School of Art at Ball State:

  • Exhibit their work and win awards regionally, nationally, and internationally;
  • Are Fulbright Scholars;
  • Have received grants and fellowships from the National Endowment for the Humanities; the National Endowment for the Arts; the Indiana Commission for the Arts; the Samuel H. Kress Foundation; and the Getty Research Institute;
  • Have received awards and fellowships from the Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York; the National Gallery of Art, Washington; the Renwick Gallery at the Smithsonian;
  • Have their work in public and private museum collections across the country and throughout the world;
  • Have worked for major industry leaders such as Disney and EA Games;
  • All have the highest advanced degrees available in their areas of specialization.

Did you know?

School of Art students at Ball State:

  • Are Fulbright Scholars;
  • Exhibit their work and win awards locally, regionally, and nationally;
  • Continue their studies at many of the most prestigious art and design programs in the country;
  • Win awards at local, regional and national ADDY (design) competitions;
  • Are among the highest retention rates in the University (which means students like it here, and they stay here);
  • Enjoy facilities that are among the finest in the country;
  • Raise thousands of $$$ every year for local charities and the community;
  • Win internships at prestigious design firms, galleries and museums, such as the Smithsonian in Washington, DC;
  • Get jobs!

           Our programs are enhanced through a close collaboration with the prestigious David Owsley Museum of Art, among the finest university art museums in the nation and one that boasts an encyclopedic collection of approximately 11,000 artworks from around the globe. The School of Art also features the state-of-the-art Marilyn K. Glick Center for Glass, which houses every major form of glass production including blowing, casting, flame work, cold work, and neon. Our nationally ranked Animation program features two new computer labs, 40 Dell work stations and Cintiq monitors, a 20-node render farm, and faculty with industry experience at Disney and EA (Electronic Arts) games.

           The Art and Journalism Building provides more than 57,000 square feet of classroom and studio space for our 500 majors in the School of Art. All concentration areas in the School of Art have fully dedicated studios and labs. The curriculum is augmented by an ambitious calendar of the Visiting Artists, Designers, and Scholars series from across the country, as well as a full schedule of professional and student exhibitions in our Atrium Gallery. Internships, practicums, hands-on learning opportunities, field trips, and foreign study are available to all art majors.

           Students can earn a Bachelor of Fine Arts (BFA) in Studio Art, a Bachelor of Arts (BA) in Studio Art or Art History, and a Bachelor of Science (BS) or Bachelor of Arts (BA) in Art Education. We also offer the Master of Fine Arts (MFA) for continued creative exploration.


            The School of Art at Ball State is accredited by the National Association of Schools of Art and Design (NASAD).  

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