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Creating art is the process of making the invisible visible, of developing and delivering a point of view.

It’s more than putting paint on a canvas or forming clay. Creating art is self-discovery.

In our unique art program, you will use the Transcendental Meditation® (TM®) technique to discover the deepest sources of your own creativity.

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Immerse yourself in art

In our block system you’ll study one full-time course per month, giving you the time you need to dive deeply into each subject. You’ll be immersed in each studio class without the stress of juggling multiple courses and assignments.

Faculty and peer support

MIU’s experienced faculty have proven track record mentoring student artists. Small classes with personal guidance from faculty facilitate your success. The faculty care about your well-being as an artist and as a person. They will help you create a sustainable studio practice that enables your creativity to flourish and supports a healthy, happy life.

The secret to self-discovery

student meditatingAs a student in MIU’s BA program, you’ll practice the Transcendental Meditation technique daily. This evidence-based technique reduces stress, enhances clear thinking, and gets you in touch with your inner self—the deepest, most authentic part of yourself—to help you create your best work.

Featured classes


Renaissance to Contemporary Art


How has the art of the past influenced modern artists? Delve into the most inspiring creations of Western art and architecture from the 1400s to the present and experience great works for yourself on a field trip to a major art center, such as Chicago.


Ceramics 1


You’ll study the entire process of ceramics, from making clay to firing pottery, while improving your pottery skills and learning to express your own inner nature through art.


Art in Nature


In this class, you’ll take a new look at what art means by creating art outdoors using natural materials. Along the way, you’ll refine your perception of the natural laws that structure nature and consciousness.


Painting 1


You’ll be immersed in the fundamentals of drawing and painting, learning how to pull inspiration from a variety of subject matter. You’ll develop technical artistic skills as well as a conceptual and critical understanding of the language of painting.

Cost & Aid, 2022-23

Annual Cost and Typical Financial Aid
Tuition and fees$16,530
Housing (single room) and meals$7,400
Health insurance (estimate)$3,506
Personal expenses, books, unexpected needs (estimate)$3,500
Cost Per Year$30,936

Full-time students may apply for up to $6,000 scholarship based on qualifying documented family income. Our undergraduate scholarship application form will be made available to you upon application to the university.

Tuition, other fees, scholarships, and financial policies are subject to change prior to the entry date.

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