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Integrated Studio Arts


While completing a double major in art history and history at Purdue, Kyle Sweeney discovered that art history was the discipline by which he would learn the answers to life’s questions.

Majoring in Integrated Studio Arts

In today’s world the lines between the arts, technology, engineering, and the sciences are increasingly blurred. Integrated Studio Arts is an innovative undergraduate major that provides students with a solid foundation in the traditional arts as well as knowledge in new technologies and innovative ways of thinking. From painting and textiles to digital media and robotic art, the program offers a wide range of options.

There are two fully-equipped dedicated computer laboratories, a flexible reconfigurable multi-purpose space for larger-scale artistic experiments, dedicated photography laboratories; darkroom, digital photography lab and professional photography studio, equipment resources (DSLRs, video cameras, artificial lighting kits, tripods, sound recording devices and accessories) ceramic decal printer. Access to wood and metal shops as well as 3D printing, laser cutting and CNC routing equipment is also available.

The program offers three areas of concentration:

Upon completion of the program, students majoring in Integrated Studio Arts may choose graduate school or employment in an industry directly or indirectly-related to their studies. Possible careers include:

  • Professional Artist
  • Creative Director
  • Illustrator
  • Fashion/Textile/Exhibition Designer
  • Multimedia/Film Production
  • Photographer
  • Galleries
  • Museums
  • Business/Management
  • Graduate or Professional School

Average Starting Salary: $42, 041

All Purdue University College of Liberal Arts majors prepare students with the skills identified as contributing to professional success: communicating and listening well, an understanding and appreciation of diverse points of view, creative thinking and problem solving, a collaborative mindset, the ability to synthesize complex ideas and communicate them clearly, and a Boilermaker work ethic.

Integrated Studio Arts majors develop skills that are applicable to many different careers. These skills may include, but are not limited to:

  • Use creative skills to communicate stories, messages or ideas to an intended audience.
  • Manipulate and enhance scanned or digital images to create desired effects, using computers and specialized software.
  • Understanding of graphic, photo-imaging, and video-creation software, such as Adobe Creative Cloud.
  • Integrate and develop visual elements and use a wide-variety of materials to produce desired effects, such as the illustration of ideas, emotions, or moods.
  • Understanding of computer aided design CAD software.

Integrated Studio Arts majors may choose to enter into the workforce using the skills they have acquired at Purdue or to attend graduate school upon completion of their degree. Past graduates have gone on to: 


  • Lafayette School Corporation
  • SBC Advertising
  • Eden Media
  • Express Clothing Store

Graduate School

  • Purdue University
  • St. Mary's College

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