Ivy Tech Bloomington Associate of Fine Arts degree approved by Commission for Higher Education

June 4, 2012 

Ivy Tech Bloomington Associate of Fine Arts degree approved by Commission for Higher Education
Fine Arts degree meets demand for arts employment, transfers to four-year universities

Ivy Tech-Bloomington announced today that a new Associate of Fine Arts degree offering has been approved by the Commission for Higher Education. The degree is being offered to meet the demand for regional employment in the arts, to support regional arts activity, and to allow students to transfer to four-year universities to earn a Bachelor’s degree in art.

The Associate of Fine Arts degree transfers seamlessly to the Herron School of Art, the School of Informatics at Indiana University-Purdue University at Indianapolis, Indiana State University, and Saint Mary of the Woods College in Terre Haute. Currently, only the general education courses of the Ivy Tech-Bloomington Fine Arts degree transfer to IU-Bloomington.

The degree requires 64 credits to complete. Fine Arts courses include Life/Object Drawing, Color & Design, Intermediate Drawing, Exploration/Women in Art, 3-D Design, and Painting. Studio elective courses will vary, but may include sculpture, printmaking, papermaking, ceramics, computer graphics, and “The Art of the Book.”

“The Indiana Arts Commission Biennial Report FY 2009-2010 notes that our region is a location for 493 art-related businesses with 1,734 individuals employed in the arts,” said Martin Wolfger, Dean of the School of Liberal Arts and Sciences. “This supports an earlier 2003 report by Americans for the Arts that offers compelling evidence that the non-profit arts are a $44.5 million industry in Bloomington and the surrounding region that attracts audiences, spurs business development, supports jobs and contributes revenues to local and state government. Offering an Associate of Fine Arts degree at Ivy Tech-Bloomington will allow us to support the growing number of aspiring artists who are combining their talent with entrepreneurship to form businesses, and employment in the arts.”

“Since we have acquired the Ivy Tech John Waldron Arts Center, interest in the arts at Ivy Tech has exploded,” said Paul Daily, Ivy Tech Waldron Artistic Director. “The Ivy Tech Waldron currently houses student art exhibits, student productions, and student music. Offering an Associate of Fine Arts degree and courses in the arts are natural steps to expanding opportunities for our students.”

Ivy Tech instructor and master stone sculptor, Amy Brier, will teach many of the arts courses. Amy’s sculpture courses usually extend beyond the boundaries of the studio. Her students learn to collaborate by becoming involved in community art activities such as the Lotus Festival and most recently, Jill Bolte Taylor’s Brain Extravaganza. Amy is co-founder and director of the Indiana Limestone Symposium. This summer, she is teaching in Cortona, Italy as a professor for the University of Georgia Study Abroad Program.

Ivy Tech Community College’s Bloomington campus is the Indiana Arts Commission (IAC) Regional Arts Partner for the IAC’s Region 8. Region 8 includes Brown, Greene, Lawrence, Monroe, Morgan and Owen counties. For IAC region 8 news, visit www.ivytech.edu/bloomington and click on Indiana Arts Commission Regional Arts Partner.

For more information about degree options or applying to Ivy Tech, visit www.ivytech.edu/ or call 1(888) IVY-LINE.

About Ivy Tech Community College

Ivy Tech Community College (www.ivytech.edu) is the state’s largest public postsecondary institution and the nation’s largest singly accredited statewide community college system serving nearly 200,000 students annually. Ivy Tech has campuses throughout Indiana. It serves as the state’s engine of workforce development, offering affordable degree programs and training that are aligned with the needs of its community along with courses and programs that transfer to other colleges and universities in Indiana. It is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission and a member of the North Central Association.