University of Southern Indiana
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Why Art and Design?

Why USI?

  • Small class sizes 10-20
  • Fully engaged faculty – Teaching university vs. Research university
  • Faculty that are current in their profession/artist practice
  • State-of-the-art facilities with flexible access
  • Smaller price tag
  • Space to work in early in art/design studies
  • Many scholarship and internship opportunities across the degree

For Students:

  • Fulfill your creative potential
  • Work alongside and get to know other creative individuals
  • Learn cutting edge and innovative technical and conceptual skills
  • Study with active professional designers and artists
  • Define and solve problems critically and holistically
  • National and international art related travel opportunities
  • Create in first-rate labs and studios
  • Explore art history and contemporary art
  • Gain real-world experience with internships
  • Interact with famous (!) visiting artists and designers
  • Prepare for a satisfying and fulfilling (awesome!) career
  • Love what you do for the rest of your life!

For Parents:

  • The Bureau of Labor Statistics predicts employment of artists is expected to grow 12 percent through 2018
  • A 2013 survey of CEOs by the Association of American Colleges and Universities found that 74 percent said they would recommend a 21st-century liberal education. They are specifically interested in hiring creative thinkers.
  • Businesses are in need of creative people. The MFA is being called the new MBA.
  • Numerous studies have shown that studying art makes you smarter
  • Art students develop cognitive abilities and forms of intelligence that complement training in other disciplines
  • In 2013, Inside Higher Education found that businesses prefer to hire applicants with liberal arts degrees
  • Entrepreneur magazine recently reported that companies are looking to hire artists to make sense of the "increasing complexity" in business environments
  • Art helps the economy. Community arts organizations help create local jobs and lead to economic prosperity 

Contact Ms. Sara Christensen Blair


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