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School of Art

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Athens, OH 45701

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College of Fine Arts

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Athens, OH

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Art History  

The B.A. in art history provides both a strong foundation and advanced courses in art history and visual culture, as well as a variety of liberal arts electives and the study of a foreign language. Students are expected to discuss their programs of study, including electives, with assigned faculty advisors. In the art history program, students learn how to articulate and express their ideas about art and develop research and writing skills as tools for communicating about art. Art history majors research art and visual culture in depth and may pursue graduate study in art history or related fields. Many students complete internships at galleries and museums throughout the country. To reflect the breadth and variety of art and visual culture, the art history program offers a diverse, comprehensive curriculum in the history of world cultures. Students from across the University have opportunities to participate in summer Fine Arts Study Abroad programs in Italy, Great Britain, and Mexico, where they experience art and visual culture in their unique historical and cultural contexts. The undergraduate program prepares students to work in fields related to art history, or undertake graduate work at the master's level before proceeding on to the Ph.D., which is the terminal degree in art history.

Career Opportunities

Study in the field of art offers a general creative education as well as skills in communication and analysis that are essential in most careers. A major in art prepares a student for work in studios, museums, communications, public relations, sales, publishing, journalism, advertising, education, and business. Coursework in technical software and multimedia opens up additional opportunities.


Special Features

To accommodate the creative pursuits of our students, our facilities include an extensive range of ceramic kilns; sculpture building resources, including metal working equipment, a modern foundry, and a comprehensive wood shop; painting and drawing studios; printmaking facilities with photo-silkscreen, lithography, etching, and typesetting presses; digital equipment for producing large-scale prints; graphic design digital labs; and extensive darkrooms, photography studios, and computers for digital imagery.

Our own Visual Resource Library contains more than 200,000 images in slide form and numerous videotapes and books. All students have e-mail access and entry to the major collections in the Fine Arts Library located at Ohio University's Alden Library, which serves as a federal research repository, and is particularly strong in Renaissance, 19th century, oceanic, modern art, contemporary art, and the history of photography. On-campus study collections include the Kennedy Collection of Native American Art, the Kennedy Collection of African Art, the Trisolini Contemporary Print Collection, as well as exhibitions curated at the Kennedy Museum of Art. Our Visiting Artists program regularly brings to campus internationally known artists and scholars.

Art in England and Art in Italy are innovative programs offered by the School of Art at Ohio University every summer on an alternating basis. The opportunity to study art, architecture, and history—on-site within its cultural context—makes these programs unique and valuable opportunities. A broad range of accomplished art history faculty offer outstanding academic training in contemporary art theory, non-western art history, and museum studies. Studio faculty also offer courses in a six-week London program in painting, drawing, and printmaking. Alternative locations have included Mexico, France, Bali, and China.

Our Faculty

There are more than two dozen faculty in the School of Art who teach in seven different artistic and scholarly disciplines. Faculty artwork has been collected by numerous national and international museums and private collections. Scholarly writing has been published by numerous scholarly presses and journals nationally and internationally. Learn more about our faculty here.


College of Fine Arts

The College of Fine arts is home to four schools at the undergraduate level that offer degrees in Art, Dance, Music and Theater. For graduate students, they also offer programs in film and interdisciplinary studies.The college is dedicated to advancing the arts through active participation in artistic and humanistic dialogue. It is committed to challenging, enriching and educating students through the creation and study of the arts. As the Athens region's primary cultural resource, the College of Fine Arts engages people of the university, the larger community and the geographic region in the arts. Hundreds of performances, productions, lectures and exhibitions throughout the year allows for students to show and display their work in a professional setting. The College of Fine Arts also offers an exclusive program, called a RLC, or Residential Learning Community, that allows students to live with other fine arts students on-campus.

Ohio University

Established in 1804, Ohio University is the oldest public institution of higher learning in the state of Ohio and the first in the Northwest Territory. Admission to Ohio University is granted to the best-qualified applicants as determined by a selective admission policy.