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Computer-based Graphic Arts, B.Sc.

  • Application Deadline
  • 48 months
Gary, IN, United States
The student will have two official advisors, one in the Department of Fine Arts and one in Computer Information Systems, who will help plan the course of study in detail with frequent consultations.
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The IU Northwest Department of Fine Arts offers a first-class baccalaureate degree program that serves the northwest region of Indiana as well as the Chicagoland area. The department is comprised of a community of remarkable professional artists and educators who are nationally and internationally active in their disciplines, and who are fully committed to the educational advancement of their students. As a student-centered community, we embrace the diverse vision of our students and faculty in the creative inquiry, production, and exploration of a wide range of studio arts and practices.

With baccalaureate programs focused on painting, drawing, sculpture, photography, graphic design, ceramics, and printmaking, IU Northwest introduces students to historical art making materials and process in addition to encouraging them to freely experiment across mediums. Our campus also offers a Bachelor of Arts degree in art education and a Bachelor of Science degree option in graphic design in collaboration with the department of Computer Information Systems.

Program Highlights

IUN is located on a graceful manicured campus just off of I 80/94 in Gary, Indiana - approximately thirty-five minutes by car from downtown Chicago. This gives our students and faculty easy access to one of the country's great art centers in addition to world-class museums. This close proximity to Chicago manifests itself in many ways throughout our program. From the class trips to Chicago museums to the faculty we attract to our campus, IUN benefits from being close to Chicago, while keeping the openness and ease of a freestanding campus.

The faculty at IU Northwest are an impressive group of artists and scholars actively engaged in their creative work and renowned in their fields. Faculty accomplishments include high level public commissions and acquisitions to the permanent collections of some of the most prestigious museums, such as: The Metropolitan Museum of Art, the Whitney Museum of American Art, the Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago, The Museum of Contemporary Photography and many others. Our faculty have exhibited widely across the US and in Europe and Asia in addition to being active members of the Chicago arts community.

In addition to being accomplished artists, IUN’s faculty are committed teachers with a long history of working closely with students, helping them to grow their general knowledge, studio work, and individual visions. Students work directly with their individual instructors, exploring new concepts and techniques in an energetic and collaborative environment. As a student-centered institution, IU Northwest is committed to putting students first.

Career Opportunities

Students completing the Bachelor of Arts degree in studio art will be prepared to consider careers in a variety of fields connected to the arts, such as positions in museums and galleries, curatorial, research, art history, critical writing, positions in the corporate world which require creative sensibilities, and art education, as well as becoming professional visual artists and designers. The study of studio art is not primarily about mastering techniques, but is about thinking, evaluating, analyzing, and creating unique and personal solutions. The Studio Art program is also excellent preparation for post-graduate study in the visual arts.

Detailed Programme Facts

  • Programme intensity Full-time
    • Full-time duration 48 months
  • Languages
    • English
  • Delivery mode
    On Campus

Programme Structure

  • CSCI-A 106 Introduction to Computing (3 cr.)
  • CSCI-A 251 Introduction to Digital Application (3 cr.)
  • CSCI-A 340 An Introduction to Web Programming (3 cr.)
    • or DPIS-D 250 Multimedia (3 cr.)
    • or DPIS-D 490 Current Directions in Data Processing and Information Systems (3 cr.)
  • CSCI-A 348 Mastering the World Wide Web (3 cr.)
  • CSCI-C 390 Individual Programming Laboratory (6 cr.)

Total (18 cr.)

Requirements in Department of Fine Arts (31-41 cr.)
  • FINA-F 100 Fundamental Studio-Drawing (3 cr.) or FINA-F 102 Fundamental Studio-2D (3 cr.)
  • 3 credit hours in the FINA A100 series (history of art)
  • 3 credit hours of FINA 300 or 400 level art history
  • FINA-S 250 Introduction to Design Practice (3 cr.)
  • FINA-S 351 Graphic Design II (3 cr.)
  • FINA-S 352 Production for Graphic Design (3 cr.)
  • FINA-S 353 Graphic Design IV (3 cr.)
  • FINA-S 400 Independent Studio Projects (1-6 cr.)
  • FINA-S 413 Typography (2 cr.)
  • FINA-S 414 Layout (2 cr.)
  • FINA-S 415 Package Design (2 cr.)
  • FINA-A 435 Art Theory (2 cr.)
  • FINA-S 497 Independent Study in Fine Arts (1-6 cr.)

Total (31-41 cr.)

Complete requirements 5-7 for major in studio practice.

There is a Bachelor of Science version of this interdepartmental degree. See the "Department of Computer Information Systems " section for details.

English Language Requirements

  • Minimum required score:


    The TOEFL iBT ® measures your English-language abilities in an academic setting. The test has four sections (reading, listening, speaking, and writing), each with a score range of 0-30, for a total score range of 0-120.

  • Minimum required score:


    The IELTS – or the International English Language Test System – tests your English-language abilities (writing, listening, speaking, and reading) on a scale of 1.00–9.00. The minimum IELTS score requirement refers to which Overall Band Score you received, which is your combined average score. Read more about IELTS.

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    The TOEFL®PBT is administered in a paper format and measures your ability to use and understand English in a classroom setting at the college or university level. It accurately measures how well you can listen, read and write in English while performing academic tasks.

Academic Requirements

You need the following GPA score:

Required score: 3

Applicants for graduate programs must have the equivalent of a bachelor’s degree with a minimum GPA equivalent to 3 on a US 4.0 grading scale. Admitted applicants typically have an undergraduate GPA of or better on a 4.0 scale. No exam grade should be lower than 4.5 (European grade scale) or D (American grade scale).

Your GPA (Grade Point Average) is calculated using the grades that you received in each course, and is determined by the points assigned to each grade (e.g. for the US grading scale from A-F).

General Requirements

All students who are interested in IU need to be aware of the high school prerequisites before applying to IU. Applicants should complete at least 34 credits (or semesters) of college-preparatory courses, advanced placement courses, and/or college courses in high school. We focus mainly on the academic performance and preparation of the applicant throughout high school.

You can share standards, but only Admissions staff members can assess a student’s admissibility. Though we will consider additional factors, our admissions decisions are primarily based on academics.

  • Class rank
  • Academic program
  • Grade trends
  • Personal statements
  • Essays
  • Letters of recommendation
  • SAT or ACT are required.

Tuition Fee

  • International

    614 USD/credit
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 614 USD per credit and a duration of 48 months.
  • National

    614 USD/credit
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 614 USD per credit and a duration of 48 months.
  • In-State

    220 USD/credit
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 220 USD per credit and a duration of 48 months.
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Living costs for Gary

  • 956 - 1550 USD/month
    Living Costs

The living costs include the total expenses per month, covering accommodation, public transportation, utilities (electricity, internet), books and groceries.


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