Ball State's art major (BFA) with a focus on drawing provides comprehensive training in what is arguably the most important element in any artist’s training. Students are introduced to a wide range of media and techniques with an emphasis on well-informed practice, experimentation, and expression.

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Drawing is a fundamental and indispensable component of any comprehensive studio arts curriculum. Our drawing concentration focuses on skill development, conceptual development, and applied methodologies. We regard drawing as both a traditional and a contemporary area of study.

What You Will Study

The drawing concentration begins with fundamental concepts and practice and proceeds through a directed sequence of studio experiences, including figure drawing, to more advanced studies. You will study the contextual, historical, and stylistic aspects of drawing as an integral part of the curriculum.

Analytical and critical thinking are stressed and interdisciplinary, collaborative studies are encouraged. Traditional drawing materials such as pen, pencil, and charcoal are supplemented by a broad range of nontraditional mark-making media.

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What Can You Do with a Degree in Drawing?

As a graduate of our program, you’ll be prepared for:

  • a career as an illustrator
  • a career as a professional studio artist
  • excellent graduate programs
  • teaching careers

Paying for Your Education

School of Art Scholarships

Scholarships are a terrific way to help with costs. On top of the University’s scholarships available to you, the School of Art has several programs of its own. Begin searching.

Ready to Apply?

Have you decided that our drawing concentration is right for you? Then it’s time to begin the admission process. Our drawing program maintains a policy of selective enrollment. Admission requires a review at the end of the Spring semester.

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