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Visual Arts

Discover Your Vision for the World

Do you have a love for art and the history behind it? Want to learn about ways to use your creativity and create your own masterpieces? Do you want to help others through the power of art? The Marian University Department of Visual Arts has many interesting and exciting areas of study, many of which may be right for you.

The Visual Arts Impacting Social Change

Through the ages, important thinkers have maintained that visuals and vision are potent forces. Zhang Yan Yuan of China, the world's first art historian, stated that art helps human relations by allowing us to explore mys­ter­ies of the universe. Art, he wrote, completes culture. Years later, St. Thomas of Aquinas asserted that looking upon an object has powerful effects on the viewer’s mind and body. At Marian University, visual arts majors study the many ways art has been and contin­ues to be used as a powerful tool to shape our minds and our culture. Students are taught to see reality, design possibility, and inspire a new reality out of that possibility.


Students receive instruction and direction from fully qualified, full-time faculty and area specialists in classes that are kept small to ensure personal contact. Students benefit from the department’s close relationship with the Indianapolis Museum of Art, the Eiteljorg Museum, the Indianapolis Arts Center, and numerous businesses that provide students with valuable internship experiences.

Programs of Study

The visual arts curriculum of study includes bachelor of arts degrees in the following major areas: art history, fine arts, graphic design, and photography. Minors in these areas are also available, as well as a concentration in art therapy. In partnership with the School of Education, students may obtain licensing to teach in the area of arts education.

Want to Know More?

For more information about the Department of Visual Arts, contact Jamie Higgs, Ph.D. 

Marian University does not discriminate in enrolling students on the basis of age, race, sexual orientation, creed, national or ethnic origin, or disability.

On the move and making history!

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