In addition to the travel abroad courses offered for a semester or a May term, students are also able to go on smaller-scale field trips. These include visiting the Des Moines Art Center and the Pappajohn's Sculpture Park in downtown Des Moines. Students are also given the option to visit cities like Minneapolis, Chicago, Kansas City, and New York to view other galleries and museums.
In Fall 2014, the Art Department Faculty led a field trip to Kansas City. They visited the Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art, Kemper Museum of Contemporary Art, and the Kansas City Art Institute Artspace. This fall, the department is planning to lead a group of students to Chicago!