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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 art forms. 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 soiling you in to one specific aspect of the field, you’ll get to grow laterally, mixing and meshing different techniques and skill sets. 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 skill set, 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

Artwork sends emotional message on school shootings
One black Sharpie. 252 schools. Unlimited emotions. A school desk-turned art piece memorializes the students, families, teachers, and communities devastated by school shootings across the country for the past 19 years. Along with the names of each school affected since Columbine High School on April 20, 1999, a message is carved into the center of the desk – a statement the artist wants onlookers to take away after viewing the display. “Enough.”
Professor plays with time in first international solo exhibition
An Indiana University Kokomo faculty member challenges viewers’ sense of beauty and artificiality in his debut international solo exhibition. Dysmorphia, a 10-panel, 16-foot installation, is currently featured in the CICA Museum in Gimpo-si, Gyeonggi-do, South Korea, through Sunday, June 17.
Sculpture collection updated with new selections
For the last two years, Indiana University Kokomo’s outdoor sculptures served as campus icons. Students studied in their shade, took selfies with them, searched for them in scavenger hunts, and used them as places to meet friends. This month, they have new places to meet, and new backgrounds for their Instagram pictures, as all seven have been replaced.
Art students commissioned to create downtown mural
On the side of a downtown business, a vision of Kokomo 1,000 years into the future is taking shape, under the hands of talented Indiana University Kokomo artists. On summer evenings, the five students in Minda Douglas’s community arts projects class bring their mural to life, showing a futuristic view of the City of Firsts, after an alien invasion. While there are familiar sights, such as the Kokomantis, the Kokomo Municipal Stadium, churches, and other current buildings, there are also brightly-colored aliens scattered throughout the 120-foot-long and 20-foot high painting, designed by student Janet Meeks.
Last updated: 10/01/2018