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OHIO University Undergraduate Catalog 2022-23 
OHIO University Undergraduate Catalog 2022-23 [Archived Catalog]

Studio Art Major (B.F.A.) - Art Therapy Concentration

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Major Code BF5057

College of Fine Arts   
Art + Design, School of  
Seigfred Hall 528
Athens, OH 45701
Phone: 740.593.4290

Angela Sprunger, contact person

Karla Hackenmiller, contact person

Program Overview

The Bachelor of Fine Arts (B.F.A) in Studio Art is a professional studio degree that fosters the development of studio artists and creative thinkers. Students take courses in Foundations, Art History and Studio that include topics ranging from historical through contemporary issues in art, technical demonstrations, and rigorous critiques of student work. Visiting artists, field trips, exhibitions, collaborative projects and community engagement are also important aspects of the program.

This program focuses on the intersection of visual art and mental health. Students will create artwork in a broad range of studio courses, learn about art in context through art history courses, and gain a better understanding of human psychology in both art therapy and psychology coursework.

Scholarships are available for both incoming and continuing students through talent awards, Dean’s Scholarships, and Endowed Awards that recognize artistic ability, academic excellence, exemplary leadership and potential. Our students have also been successful in writing grants and receiving awards through the University.

Admissions Information

Students interested in the B.F.A. in Studio Art major will first enter the School of Art + Design as a B.A. in Studio Art major. Students will then complete the Foundations Program and four, 2000-level studio art courses in preparation for their application to the B.F.A. Two of the four, 2000-level studio courses taken must be in the student’s selected concentration Area: Ceramics, Painting + Drawing, Photography + Integrated Media, Printmaking, Sculpture + Expanded Practice, or Art Therapy.

Students should contact the Area Chair of their chosen concentration to discuss the application requirements and submit their portfolio of studio work for review by the deadline. This review process usually occurs at the end of a student’s sophomore year; however, some Areas offer both Fall and Spring deadlines in order to accommodate transfer students or others who meet the requirements at a different time in their matriculation. The Area Chairs will notify students of their admission status soon after the portfolio reviews are completed. A successful portfolio review is required for admission to the B.F.A. in Studio Art major.

Students who are not accepted into the B.F.A. program may re-apply at the next deadline, may apply to a different area of concentration, or may choose to remain in the B.A. Studio Art program. B.F.A in Studio Art majors are expected to have and maintain a cumulative GPA of 2.00 and a major GPA of 2.75.

Opportunities Upon Graduation

B.F.A in Studio Art majors are competitive in art-related careers and experiences, such as: studio artist, artist-in-residence, museum and gallery work, graduate study, studio assistant, commissioned artwork, solo/group exhibitions, entrepreneurs, studio co-ops, grant writers, community project leaders, public artwork competitions, and work in other creative fields. Students with the Art Therapy concentration will be prepared to pursue a graduate degree in Art Therapy, as well as positions within the blossoming field of Arts and Health.


Total Hours Required

The Bachelor of Fine Arts degree with a major in studio art with art therapy concentration requires a minimum of 128 hours.

Universitywide Graduation Requirements

To complete this program, students must meet all Universitywide graduation requirements .

School of Art + Design Requirements

All majors in the School of Art + Design (B.A. and B.F.A. degrees) require an accumulative 2.0 GPA and a 2.75 GPA in the major.

Introductory Art History

Complete the following two courses:

Art History 3000/4000- Level Courses

Complete any one AH 3000/4000-level (3 cr.) course, excluding AH 4920 or AH 4930.


Complete the following courses:

Studio Art 3000/4000-Level Courses

Complete at least four ART 3000/4000-level Studio courses (4 cr.), including FAR 4500  as an option.

One course is recommended to be selected in consultation with your Advisor, the topic of which should be related to collaborative artmaking or community engagement through the arts. Suggested courses are ART 3310 , FAR 4500 , or a related ART 3900/4900 Special Topics course.

Studio Art 2000/3000-Level

Complete one additional ART 2000 or 3000-level studio course from the courses listed above.

Studio Art Practicum

Complete the following course:

Art Therapy Concentration

Complete the following courses:

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