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The Art and Design Department at the University of Southern Indiana helps students define their artistic goals and prepares students to become contributing members of the art and design profession, the community and society as a whole. Four integrated academic areas - studio art, graphic design, art education and art history - advance technical and conceptual skills, cultivate critical thinking and fulfill creative potential.

The University of Southern Indiana is accredited by the National Association of Schools of Art and Design (NASAD).

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Internship programs offer junior and senior art students the opportunity to work in professional settings at design studios, museums and galleries.

An art or art education degree from USI prepares students to achieve success as designers, artists, photographers, teachers, museum and gallery personnel and art historians, as well as to pursue graduate studies in art and design related fields.


USI artists leave their mark on Toyota factory

Toyota Motor Manufacturing, Indiana, Inc. (TMMI) has been a longtime supporter of the University of Southern Indiana, sponsoring activities on campus, contributing to the USI Foundation and offering internships and co-op opportunities where students can increase their professional skills. One such internship began in the fall of 2021 when USI faculty received an inquiry for a special project.

Alumni Spotlight - Evan Kisner '19

Art & Design alum Evan Kisner '19 used his graphic design and illustration skills to earn a place in the Sequential Art masters program at Savannah College of Art and Design.

USI Art Club presents Hodge Podge, January 31-February 25

USI Art Club presents "Hodge Podge" at BG Projects at New Harmony Gallery of Contemporary Art, January 31-Februrary 25, reception 4-6 p.m. February 4. This show displays the diversity of the experiences of the students as well as their passion for making art in such a wonderful community. It is an open project, ongoing and interactive.

From Here She Grows: Olivia Supper, 2022 Efroymson Fellow in the McCutchan Art Center/Pace Galleries

Olivia Supper’s colorful installation and print works create dream-like narrative vignettes that speak to both the fecundity and breakdown of nature and the feminine. From Here She Grows, January 9 - February 5, 2023. Reception: Sunday, January 15, 1-3 p.m.

In the Student Gallery: We Did This

"We Did This" by Art & Design student Candice Beck is an art installation exploring gun violence and children. The Student Gallery, AC 238, is open Monday through Friday, 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.