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Art, design, and performance

Create, explore and share your talents

Unlock your creative vision, join a creative community, and discover your potential in programs that empower you to imagine and implement your designs or showcase your creative talents. Whether you’re interested in art, architecture, music, design, or the performing arts, IU offers courses, studio or rehearsal space, and hands-on learning opportunities to help you build a successful career.

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544 majors and degrees to choose from

Explore the range of majors and degrees available for IU students interested in art, design, and performance.

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  • Music Performance

    Study this if you want to be a musician, music director, stage, motion picture, tv, or radio director, teacher, arranger, or composer.

    Where you can study

    Bloomington
    South Bend
    Southeast
  • Game Design

    Study this if you want to become a video game designer, gaming dealer, supervisor, or manager, or a multimedia artist or animator.

    Where you can study

    Bloomington
    IUPUI
  • Interior Design

    Study this if you want to be an interior designer, teacher, advertising or promotion manager, or architect.

    Where you can study

    Bloomington
    IUPUI
  • Studio and Fine Art

    Study this if you want to be a fine artist, craft artist, curator, teacher, or gem and diamond specialist.

    Where you can study

    Bloomington
    IUPUI
    East
    Northwest
    South Bend
    Southeast
  • Theatre

    Study this if you want to be an actor, director, entertainer, producer, or teacher.

    Where you can study

    Bloomington
    IUPUI
    Northwest
    South Bend

Experiential learning opportunities

Get hands-on, real-world experience as you explore your chosen course of study at IU. The opportunities listed below are a sample of what IU students are able to do—check your campus’s school, division, or department for more info.

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Explore architecture in the Nomadic Studio

Visit Rome to learn from architectural scholars and specialists as you explore the 2,500-year-old city after your first year in the J. Irwin Miller Architecture Program. Continue your studies after your third year with a trip to other architecturally significant cities around the world.
Find out more about Nomadic Studio
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Contribute to the cultural vitality of Indianapolis

Collaborate with businesses, nonprofit organizations, healthcare facilities, communities, and government agencies as part of the Basile Center for Art, Design, and Public Life. This creative think tank connects IUPUI Herron School of Art and Design students with community partners to work on public art commissions and design concepts for products and services.
Find out more about Basile Center