Department of Art and Design

Art student holding the mask she created

Undergraduate Programs in Art

Our programs develop your creative and expressive abilities and apply them to careers in fine and commercial art, museums, and education.

Art History, BA

Studio Art, BA

Studio Art, BFA

Studio Art, Integrated Bachelor's/Master's

Art Education, BSEd

Fashion Merchandising, BS

Interior Design, BS

Graduate student artwork

Graduate Programs in Art

Our graduate programs in studio art foster individual vision and innovation across a wide range of media and processes, while our MA in Art, Art Education Track is designed specifically for working art educators.

Art Education, Art, MA

Studio, Art, MA

Studio, MFA

Submit Portfolio Now

Prospective students, transfer students, or students who wish to change to an art studio or art education major can submit their portfolio anytime.

Follow this link for details about registering for a portfolio review and portfolio guidelines.

The portfolio review process is used to select students for scholarships. Acceptance and scholarship decisions are made on a rolling basis, usually within one to two weeks of the portfolio review.

Campus Galleries and Museum

IUP is home to several art venues, including Kipp Gallery, Miller Gallery, and the University Museum, which display the work of faculty, students, and other international, national, and regional artists, in thought-provoking exhibits throughout the year.

NASAD Accreditation

IUP is accredited by the National Association of Schools of Art and Design.


Art Students Paint Mural for Sports Complex

Under the direction of professor Ivan Fortushniak, Advanced Painting students in spring 2021 created a 45-foot mural for S&T Bank Arena in White Township. The mural shows a selection of the sports played at the complex.

Alumna Illustrates Cover of Pittsburgh City Paper

Art and Design alumna Morg Cunningham was recently chosen to illustrate the cover of the Pittsburgh City Paper magazine.

Pandemic-inspired Artwork by Massey Aquired by Smithsonian

“Touch in the Time of Corona,” an artwork by Associate Professor Sharon Massey, was recently acquired by the Renwick Gallery of the Smithsonian American Art Museum. Massey was inspired to make this piece in summer 2020 after attending a small funeral for her husband’s grandmother at the height of the first wave of the pandemic.

IUP Chapter of National Art Education Association Wins National Award

The IUP chapter of the National Art Education Association recently received the 2021 Outstanding Student Chapter Award during the NAEA annual conference.

McClure Sweeny Wins NAEA Preservice Chapter Sponsor Award

The National Art Education Association named Marissa McClure Sweeny to receive the 2021 Preservice Chapter Sponsor Award of Excellence Award. This prestigious award, determined through a peer review of nominations, recognizes dedication to the development of future professional members of NAEA through sponsorship of an outstanding Preservice Chapter group at the college/university level.