Jul 19, 2024  
OHIO University Undergraduate Catalog 2024-25 
    
OHIO University Undergraduate Catalog 2024-25

Studio Art Major (B.F.A.)


Major Code BF5051

College of Fine Arts  
School of Art + Design  
Seigfred Hall 528
Athens, OH 45701
Phone: 740.593.4290
art-design@ohio.edu
www.ohio.edu/fine-arts/art

Julie Dummermuth, Director, School of Art + Design
dummermu@ohio.edu

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.

The B.F.A. in Studio Art is comprised of the following areas of concentration: Ceramics, Digital Art + Technology, Painting + Drawing, Photography + Integrated Media, Printmaking, Digital Art + Technology, and Sculpture + Expanded Practice. Students select one of these concentrations to focus on in their last two years of study; however, they are not limited to working in any one specific medium. The program embraces traditional, innovative and cross-disciplinary modes of artmaking, allowing students to pursue and produce research that motivates them. Each student is assigned an advisor within their selected area of concentration and has regular contact with all faculty in that area. Students easily develop community among their peers through regular use of the studio facilities and extra-curricular activities.

In contrast with a B.A. in Studio Art, the B.F.A. in Studio Art program places stronger emphasis on the development of a body of work that culminates in a thesis exhibition just prior to graduation. During the final year of study, students enroll in four courses that center specifically on the development and final preparation of this exhibition.

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

Freshman/First-Year Admission

All incoming first year students who wish to pursue a degree in Art +Design are encouraged to submit a portfolio for talent scholarship consideration.  Students who wish to pursue a BFA degree in Studio Art, Interior Architecture or Graphic Design should submit a portfolio at the time of application.  All students will have the opportunity to submit an updated portfolio for program and concentration application during the fall and spring semesters. 

Change of Program Policy

Current Ohio University Undergraduate students wish to begin pursuing a degree in the School of Art+ Design should complete the application to the BFA programs offered in Fall and Spring.  Students who are unsure of BFA concentration can elect to begin their studies through the BA in Studio Art and apply to a concentration the following term.  Students who elect to pursue the BA in Studio Art may update their program plan without a portfolio review.

External Transfer Admission

All incoming transfer students who wish to pursue a degree in Art +Design are encouraged to submit a portfolio for talent scholarship consideration.  Students who wish to pursue a BFA degree in Studio Art, Interior Architecture or Graphic Design should submit a portfolio at the time of application.  All students will have the opportunity to submit an updated portfolio for program and concentration application during the fall and spring semesters. 

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.

Requirements

University-wide Graduation Requirements


Ohio University requires completion of a minimum of 120 semester hours for conferral of a bachelor’s degree. However, the B.F.A. program in Studio Art requires a minimum of 128 semester hours. For more information on the minimum hours requirement and other university-wide requirements, please review the Graduation Requirements – University-wide  page.

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 two of the following courses:

Foundations


Complete the following courses:

Studio Art 2000-Level Courses


Complete five courses from the following list. Two of the courses must be in your area of concentration; two courses are to be outside your area of concentration and can be topics courses.

Studio Art 3000/4000-Level Courses


From the following list of courses, complete one course in your area of concentration. In addition, complete four additional courses in any area of concentration or topics courses.

Art 4000


Complete the following course (minimum 8 hours):

Studio Art Practicum/Thesis


Complete the following courses: