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Art Department Admissions

A student paints; a caption reads "We provide the foundation of skills and theoretical perspectives necessary to become a lifelong practitioner of art."

Prospective students, please read through the sections below for information on applying to Oklahoma City University's Visual Arts program.


Art Department Admissions

Oklahoma City University’s Art Department is recognized as one of the most outstanding programs in the region. The classes are informal, yet challenging. The programs reflect our strong belief in art fundamentals: mastery of drawing skills and the elements and principles of design. We provide students with an understanding of art theory, art history, and contemporary issues that are all necessary in the creation of contemporary art. The department also recognizes the strength of exploration in the process of solving appropriate problems and challenges. This program allows students to ultimately focus on a specific area of study within their chosen discipline.

Admission Requirements

Prospective students must meet requirements for admission to the university and the Petree College of Arts and Sciences prior to consideration for acceptance into the School of Visual Arts. All applicants must submit a portfolio to the admissions coordinator of the department in which they desire to study and complete a personal interview with a member of the School of Visual Arts faculty. The portfolio should demonstrate creative ability and concepts execution. More details about these portfolio requirements are listed within each department’s section of the undergraduate catalog or graduate catalog.

Prospective students transferring from other institutions must have a minimum 2.5 cumulative GPA in acceptable credit hours of study for admission to the school. Transfer credit will be evaluated for equivalency by The School of Visual Arts’ transfer evaluator. Transfer students must also meet the student portfolio and interview requirements.

Portfolio Requirements

The School of Visual Art at Oklahoma City University encourages all students interested in applying to either program to submit a portfolio. All portfolios submitted will be evaluated by the faculty for scholarship consideration. To apply to Oklahoma City University, please visit here.

Portfolio Requirements

Studio Art Portfolio Requirements

Students interested in the BFA in Studio Art should submit a portfolio along with the admissions materials required by the university.

  • A portfolio of original artwork with 10-20 images of your work. It’s great to see drawings from observation, imaginative work, along with any painting, photography, or graphic design.
  • Please submit this via the Dropbox as a PDF that’s no larger than 10MB.

For questions regarding the Studio Art Portfolio please contact Mike Wimmer at mwimmer@okcu.edu.

Moving Image Art Portfolio Requirements 

Students interested in the BFA in Film Production should submit a portfolio along with the admissions materials already requested by the university.

Please consider the portfolio an opportunity to show us where you're coming from in terms of storytelling and filmmaking technique. We want to get to know you better, and one way to do that is to consider the work you’re already making. Portfolios are also reviewed when determining talent scholarship offers.
 
You should submit only one of the following:

Filmmaking Reel

Provide up to 5 minutes of film/video/motion projects that you've worked on along with a brief written explanation (150 words) of your role in the production(s). You could submit a short film you've made, or selections from several projects--just be sure to stick to the 5 minute maximum running time for the entire reel. Projects can be live action or animation.

The reel and explanation can be submitted through the mail as a DVD or as a files saved on a USB thumb drive. As an alternative, you can provide a link to the reel's publication on the internet and submit the explanation via email to bcardinalepowell@okcu.edu.  
 
OR

Still Photography/Artwork


Provide a set of up to 12 images that showcase your photographic and/or artistic skills. The images should be selected and arranged to tell a story or follow some other organizational principle. A brief written explanation (150 words) of the project should be included as well. 

The images and explanation can be submitted through the mail as files saved on a USB thumb drive, or you can bundle the images and explanation for delivery via email to bcardinalepowell@okcu.edu.  

Scholarships & Financial Aid

Promising high school graduates with demonstrated artistic ability who intend to major in art may also be eligible for Art Department scholarships.

Scholarships for art majors are available from a variety of sources including the Norick Family Scholarship in Art. These awards are based on portfolio review, latest high school GPA, ACT scores, and personal interviews. Portfolios may be mailed or brought to the Norick Art Center during three annual spring portfolio review days. Original artwork is preferred; however, slides or digital images are acceptable. Scholarships are awarded by a consensus of the Art Department faculty.

More than 91 percent of OCU students receive financial assistance. The university awards more than $10 million in academic, merit and talent-based scholarships. In addition, you may receive private scholarships, grants, loans and part-time campus employment. We will work with you and your family to design a financial aid package that allows you to get an Oklahoma City University education. Contact the Office of Financial Aid for a full list of resources.

Apply Today!

For general admission information, please contact Undergraduate Admissions at 405-208-5050.For information regarding the Art Department or a portfolio review, please contact 405-208-5226. You can also apply online or view detailed admissions information on the University Admissions website.

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