Students can earn a Bachelor of Arts (BA) degree in Art History or Studio Art, and a Bachelor of Fine Arts (BFA) degree in Studio Art (Ceramics, Painting + Drawing, Printmaking, Photography + Integrated Media, Sculpture + Expanded Practice, Interior Architecture, and Graphic Design).
All students have a shared experience during their first year in the Foundations program. This program provides students with a basis for critical and creative thinking by giving them a broad range of experiences in the studio and in the classroom. This program also gives students the opportunity to integrate their general educational studies with their development as growing artists and scholars. Once students complete this aspect of the program, most of the explorations focus upon study within a chosen area of specialization.
Students must have a minimum overall grade point average (GPA) of 2.75 to apply to any BFA major within the School of Art + Design. Please refer to the specific application requirements for your intended major. To remain a major, students must maintain the 2.75 overall GPA and a 3.0 in their major area of study. The BFA degree requires an exhibition of each student's artworks as the crowning event in their program.
All students enter the School of Art + Design as either a Bachelor of Arts (BA) Studio Art or Art History major. Studio art students may continue in the BA track, or apply for admission into a BFA degree during their second year of study. You need to meet the general University requirements in order to be accepted. A portfolio is required only if you are interested in applying for a scholarship or if you are a transfer student.
Transfer policy for students attending another institution of higher learning: Must enroll as a general art major and complete a required program of Foundations and Studio courses or equivalent courses
To apply for credit for studio course work completed at another institution, submit the following:
• A copy of all college transcripts
• Portfolio of original work or digital images (flat pieces only, all 3-D work must be digitally submitted). Digital images must be submitted on a CD as a 72 dpi jpgs that are no larger than 1000 pixels in any dimension. Please include a numbered slide list that corresponds to the images you have submitted as well as an artist statement and a self-addressed stamped envelope.
• Materials can be sent to the Director of Foundations, Transfer Portfolio Review, School of Art + Design, Seigfred Hall, Ohio University, Athens, OH 45701 prior to the following evaluation dates: May 1 (Fall and Summer entries) and February 1 (Spring entries).
Learn more about the Foundations Program here.
Q: What is the student to faculty ration?
A: Approximately 13:1
Q: How many students are in the School of Art + Design?
A: There are under 400 total students in the School of Art + Design.
Q: How many students are in studio classes?
A: There are no more than 20 students in studio classes, and most studio courses are capped at 15.
Q: Do students directly enter into one of the BFA studio majors?
A: All students enter the School of Art + Design as a BA in either studio art or art history
Q: When do students apply for the BFA studio program?
A: Students interested in Interior Architecture apply at the end of their 1st year. Students interested in all other areas typically apply at the end of their 2nd year.
Q: Are there advisors in the School of Art + Design?
A: Yes, every art major has an advisor.
Q: How do I apply for scholarships?
Q: Are there additional scholarships opportunities after the first year?
A: Yes, each spring students are encouraged to apply by portfolio review for Continuing Student scholarships.
Q: Are internships required?
A: Internships are only required in the Interior Architecture major, however, most students in our school do at least one internship.
Q: Does the School of Art + Design arrange internships?
A: No, the School of Art + Design does not arrange internships. Faculty will help students secure internships but, students must take initial responsibility.
Q: What are the Foundations courses?
A: We require our students to complete the Foundations courses. The courses are: Critical Perspectives, Description, Structure, Function, and Image. You can learn more about our Foundations courses on our website.
Q: Why are the Foundations courses named differently than other schools?
A: All of the School of Art + Design Foundations courses are interdisciplinary. There will be some drawing, design, 2-D, 3-D, and digital content in the courses.
Q: Do graduate students teach first-year classes for majors?
A: Our Foundations program is primarily taught by full-time faculty. If a graduate student needs to step into a Foundations class, they are heavily vetted beforehand to assure consistent quality in the program.
Q: Where are art major classes held?
A: Currently, all classes are held in Seigfred Hall with exception to Interior Architecture studio courses which are in Grover Center. In the near future, Interior Architecture will be moving into the third floor of Seigfred Hall.
Q: Do students have access to studio space outside of class?
A: Yes, Seigfred Hall is open to our major students 24/7 with only a few exceptions. All main doors and studio doors have card swipe access for entrance after normal business hours.
Q: Can I take studio courses outside of my program focus?
A: Students are able and encouraged to take different studio courses that are outside of their program focus.
Q: What career paths are undergraduate School of Art + Design students pursuing?
A: Each students is unique as are their individual career path and goals. Many students peruse graduate school, others will be practicing artists in their desired medium, and some will work for companies, museums or galleries.
Q: If I declare my major as a BA Studio Art after my 1st year, can I still graduate in 4 years? What would my schedule be like?
A: It may be possible to graduate in four years depending on which courses had already been taken; however, each student’s situation would need to be reviewed. Students can run a “What-If” DARS to see which courses would still need to be taken if there is a change in major.
Q: What are the updates happening to Seigfred Hall and when will they be completed?
A: The School of Art + Design is excited about the changes happening in Seigfred Hall. Replacement of the roof and windows is currently underway and will continue through the Spring term. In the near future, renovations of the 3rd floor will begin in preparation for the Interior Architecture program’s move back to Seigfred Hall. In addition to a number of other changes, a new makerspace will be housed on the 2nd floor that will include digitally-driven equipment for student use.
Academic units within the College of Fine Arts may have additional requirements such as auditions, interviews and/or portfolio reviews.