Department of New Media, Art, and Technology

If you find yourself lost in the act of drawing, painting, or sculpting for hours, or if you never leave home without your camera so you don’t miss the perfect shot, the Department of New Media, Art, and Technology at Indiana University Kokomo is the place for you. Here, you'll be encouraged to stretch your skills – spending time perfecting your specialty but also learning other artforms. This program is designed as a slip ‘n’ slide between the right and left brain, where you’ll spend time creating in the traditional studio and learning emerging, cutting-edge digital media techniques. Rather than siloing you in to one specific aspect of the field, you’ll get to grow laterally, mixing and meshing different techniques and skillsets. For the first half of this program, you’ll work with each of our faculty in the department before you decide how you want to tailor and specialize your degree.

Before you graduate, you’ll understand how to produce industry-standard work in your concentration, have the practical and theoretical knowledge to critique work, gain the verbal, historical, and theoretical knowledge to present your work to any audience, and understand the professional practices required to succeed in your chosen area. You’ll also leave the program with a portfolio filled with your best to help you land your dream job and advance in your career. We offer several degrees, a certificate, and minors in our department.

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For me, art is a vehicle of expression. It’s a vehicle of storytelling. It’s a vehicle to capture a moment, and allow people to connect with it. There’s a story behind each and every one of those people. I’ll be able to take photographs and film, and use it for the benefit of people who do not have a voice because of their situations.

Rob Trlak, B.S. '17, New Media Communication

At IU Kokomo, we have designed our program to help you gain real-world experience. To add to your resume and skillset, you’ll find opportunities for your artistic eye and talents all over our campus! You can work for The Correspondent, our student-run newspaper, work with faculty and actual clients from the community in the Design Center, see your work displayed in both our art gallery on campus and the Union Street Gallery, and work for or get your work published in Field, our student-run journal.

A Lifetime of Success

Student artist correlates life with creativity
Creating art is not merely a want — for many artists, it is a deeply-ingrained need. Mary Ade is one of those artists, noting that she often uses her talent as a way to work through issues she faces. As an intern in the Indiana University Kokomo Art Gallery, she used that idea in planning Raw: The Exhibition, opening Thursday, February 8.
Student, professor, partner to build robot
At first glance, this research project doesn’t look like anything unusual. But the simple metal frame doesn’t give away this robot’s purpose — creating artwork. Created by Wayne Madsen, Indiana University Kokomo assistant professor of new media, in partnership with informatics major Caleb Rowe, the drawing robot uses a Pilot ink pen and plain white paper to create 6 foot by 6 foot artworks. It’s a working artist, in fact, with drawings included in exhibitions in Ann Arbor, Michigan, and Chicago, with more to come.
Art students unplug during nature retreat
Hands covered in dirt, Brittnee Collins flicks open a pocket knife and begins whittling the end of a stick into a sharp point. As rain drizzles on her, she stands back, examining the fortress-like rectangle she’s built in the mud, before jamming the sharpened end of the stick into place. “The story in my head is getting lengthy,” she said, stepping a few steps away to consider her progress.
Students support charities with brewery glass design
Glasses designed by Indiana University Kokomo students are now on sale at a local business — and three local charities benefitted from their efforts. Design Center students competed to have their work featured on glasses sold by Tin Man Brewing Kokomo, as part of its local artists series. While the winning artist typically receives a $100 gift card to the brewing company, Michael Koerner, assistant director of new media, wanted to continue the charitable purpose of the center. In lieu of the gift card, Tin Man Brewing made a $100 donation to a not-for-profit of the winning students’ choice.