Art and Design Department

Art & Design

Art & Design Degrees

View all Art & Design Majors

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NASAD Accredited

Our NASAD accredited programs are designed for transfer and further study in these and other art and design related fields.

Excellent MFA credentialed faculty provide exciting creative experiences to help you build a portfolio and grow as an artist. The full-time art and design faculty at Vincennes University are fully credentialed professionals with Master of Fine Arts degrees from some of the top colleges and universities in the country. Faculty are able to provide individualized attention and expertise due to the small student to faculty ratio. Desire, dedication, and honest hard work are encouraged and expected in art classes at VU. The faculty provides opportunities for you to use your creative insights and ideas to build an outstanding portfolio.

Drawing, design, and art history are the main focus of the first year. Second year courses cover a wide range of studio areas from which to choose depending on your interests, preparation, and educational goals. Capstone courses in portfolio development help you prepare to transfer with a top-notch professional presentation.

As a member of the National Portfolio Day Association, (NPDA), Vincennes University's Art and Design department has a portfolio admissions requirement which must be met prior to the first year of studies in Art and Design at VU. The requirement can be met through: independent review with faculty or advisor, digital or online portfolio submission, or National Portfolio Day review with VU faculty.

Prospective Student Scholarship and Grant Application

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Shircliff Gallery of Art

Shircliff Gallery of Art

Located in the VU Humanities Building


Shircliff Gallery serves and enriches the Department of Art and Design and the public communities of Vincennes and Southwestern Indiana through collections, exhibitions, and special events. With a focus on the visitor experience, Shircliff Gallery presents curatorial and installation projects that challenge and promote discourse surrounding living artists and their works. Learn More.


National Portfolio Day

National Portfolio Day


Sunday, September 30, 2018

12:00 noon - 4:00 pm
Vincennes University Campus - Center for Art and Design

The VU Center for Art and Design is located on the corner of Third and College Streets.

High school students, parents, art teachers and school counselors are all invited to Vincennes University to meet art school representatives from across the country.

Information will be offered by a variety of college art programs on how to apply, how to prepare your portfolio, and where to get financial aid.

High School Art and Design Students can talk to the representatives about their artwork and about their schools. 

National Portfolio Day is free and open to the public.

High School Art and Design students, teachers, parents, and guidance counselors are encouraged to attend. Many schools bring a small bus or van for a group of students to attend.  It's a great place to start your future in art!

All participating schools are members of NASAD, the National Association of Schools of Art and Design. NASAD is the only national professional accrediting agency recognized by the United States Department of Education for higher educational institutions in the visual arts. 

Several institutions in attendance may consider your portfolio review as having met the portfolio requirement of their admissions procedure. However, please understand that no decisions regarding yoru acceptance or award of scholarships will be determined on portfolio day.

Poster Call for Entry

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