Fine Arts

Students enrolled after Summer 2016, please see Integrated Studio Arts.

Fine Arts Undergraduate program allows students to customize their studies. The Fine Arts program offers five areas of concentration for undergraduate majors: Ceramics, Drawing & Illustration, Jewelry & Metalsmithing, Painting & Printmaking, and Textiles. Students choose from an exciting range of courses in these disciplines as well as mixed media, computer art, alternative processes, life drawing, sculpture and art history.  The program provides a solid multidisciplinary foundation of conceptual and technical skills and emphasizes self-exploration and individual expression.

Points of Pride

  • Fine Arts is housed in Yue-Kong Pao Hall, Purdue’s new state-of-the-art facility for the visual and performing arts. All studio classes are taught in this building, which boasts, among other items, a raku kiln and a digital Jacquard loom.
  • Students completing the Bachelor of Arts degree in fine arts develop a well-rounded perspective, critical thinking and creative problem-solving abilities, and communication skills applicable in many environments – within and beyond professional work in their art discipline.
  • Related student clubs include the Purdue Art Jewelry and Metals Association (PAJAMA), and the Delta Phi Delta Fine Arts Club.
*Portfolio review - A Fine Arts portfolio is not required to begin this major as a freshman. However, students are required to participate in a portfolio assessment in the spring of their sophomore year. The review is based on the student's work in Purdue Fine Arts courses.


  • Artist
  • Creative director
  • Illustrator
  • Textile designer
  • Galleries
  • Museums
  • Business Owner
  • Graduate or Professional School

Plan of Study

A. Drawing and Design Foundation courses (15)

10500 Design I
10600 Design II
11300 Basic Drawing (Aesthetic Awareness)
11400 Drawing II
21300 Life Drawing I

B. Art History Courses (9)

22600 History of Art to 1400 (Fall) or 22700 History of Art Since 1400 (Spring)
38300 Modern Art
38400 Contemporary Art

C. Fine Arts Foundations (12) 
FOUR courses each from a different discipline listed below. Only ONE of the four courses can be in Area
of Concentration.

20000 Beginning Painting
24200 Ceramics
26200 Jewelry & Metalwork
27000, 27100, 37000, or 37100 Textiles
26500, 26600, 36800, or 36900 Printmaking
26200 Jewelry & Metalwork
27500 Sculpture

D. Fine Arts Portfolio Assessment (required, no credit)

E. Concentration Courses (9)


24200, 34200, 40400, 44200

Drawing & Illustration

20000, 22000, 30000, 31400, 32200, 36800, 36900

Jewelry & Metalwork

26200, 36200, 46200

Painting & Printmaking

20000, 26500, 26600, 33300, 36500, 36800, 36900, 40000, 46800


27000, 27100, 37000, 47000

F. A & D 42400 Fine Arts Senior Exhibition (required, no credit)

Program Course Requirements (57-58 credits): (See PDF for full list here)

ONE of the following:

ENGL 10600 First Year Composition
ENGL 10800 Accelerated First Year Composition

COM 1140 Fundamentals of Speech Communication
Other Language (12) (Proficiency through level IV in one language)
West Heritage
United States Tradition
Other Cultures
Aesthetic Awareness
Racial and Ethnic Diversity
Gender Issues
Social Ethics
Individual and Society
Global Perspective
Natural Sciences
Natural Sciences Lab

Electives (20-21 credits)

University Core Requirements

Courses selected above must meet the following University Core Requirements:

Human Cultures Humanities
Human Cultures Behavioral/Social Science
Information Literacy
Science Selective
Science Selective
Science Technology Society Selective
Written Communication
Oral Communication
Quantitative Reasoning

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Print Plan of Study

Integrated Studio Arts 

Rueff School of Visual and Performing Arts

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