The Honors Tutorial College studio art program of study balances a commitment to breadth and rigor with an opportunity for self-disciplined and highly motivated students to explore fundamental and cutting-edge issues creatively. There are two degree options within this program of study: a Bachelor of Arts (BA) and a Bachelor of Fine Arts (BFA).
The BA program in Studio Art is a four-year program which requires students to take a tutorial each term, along with two years of a language, collateral studies and upper-division studio courses. This enables students to acquire the full range of skills necessary to successfully continue in graduate study. Students will have excellent opportunities for intensive study with the studio artists in the School of Art. The senior year culminates with a written thesis and a BA exhibit. The BA is preferable for students who do not wish to specialize in one area or who are interested in working in areas outside the School of Art as well, such as in creative writing, theater, dance and music.
In addition, students are expected to apply to one of the six fine arts areas in the School of Art: Printmaking, Photography, Ceramics, Painting, Sculpture, or Graphic Design at the end of their sophomore year. Upper division classes and tutorials will be concentrated in the area in which the student is earning the BFA. This enables students to acquire the full range of skills necessary to successfully continue in graduate study. Students will have excellent opportunities for intensive study with the studio artists in the School of Art. The senior year culminates with a written thesis and a BFA exhibit. Students in the BFA option are expected to have more substantial work in order to produce a portfolio for application to an MFA program.
The Honors Tutorial College offers more than 30 challenging programs of study that provide a unique undergraduate educational experience to a select number of qualified students.
Students admitted to the College undertake a substantial portion of the core curriculum in their respective disciplines through a series of tutorials. A tutorial consists of a full-time faculty member meeting with students either singly or in small seminars. In pursuing this method of instruction, the College draws upon the rich educational traditions of British universities such as Cambridge and Oxford. Although other colleges and universities have adopted some aspects of the tutorial model, Ohio University remains the only institution in the United States with a degree-granting college incorporating all the essential features of a tutorial-based education. The success of the College’s approach to undergraduate education is evident in its distinguished 34-year history and the impressive achievements of its alumni.
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.