Elective Courses

Explore long-held interests and brand new curiosities through elective courses across a range of disciplines.

Herron School of Art and Design’s commitment to civic engagement stems from the intrinsic value of art and design and its ability to improve life and living. One way we express this core value is by extending the reach of our art and design instruction through non-degree elective courses.

As a part of our mission to provide rich experiences in the visual arts to a broader public, Herron offers a wide range of studio and academic courses for university students outside Herron and individuals from the community.

An important component of Herron School of Art and Design is the Elective Arts Program. Elective arts classes are designed to serve a variety of goals. The basic objective is to provide a studio experience to those who do not wish to pursue a degree in visual arts. Elective arts courses also provide a setting for students to be introduced to the visual arts before beginning their studies at Herron School of Art and Design. Introductory courses on a variety of topics are offered each semester.

Generally, these courses require no or modest prerequisites. They develop a student's appreciation for the visual arts through drawing, painting, photography, ceramics and more. They providing hands-on experiences that develop critical thinking, cultural understanding and, ultimately, prepare individuals to be visually literate citizens.

Whether for personal enrichment or as a required component of a major outside Herron, Elective Arts students develop artistic skills and gain a keen understanding of aesthetics through their own creations.

For admissions procedures, please contact the Herron Student Services Office at (317) 278-9400.


For the most up-to-date listing of arts and humanities elective courses available at Herron, visit the Office of the Registrar's course schedule page. Elective courses will be listed as "HER-E".

Office of the Registrar's Course Schedule Page

Second Summer Semester 2015

Beginning Drawing II
Beginning Painting II

Fall Semester 2015

Beginning Drawing I
Beginning Drawing II
Beginning Painting I
Beginning Painting II
Color and Design Non-art Majors
Metalsmithing and Jewelry Design
Photography I
Drawing for Interior Design
Visual Learning
Advanced Metals and Jewelry Design