Visual Arts  

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 believe 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

All applicants must submit a portfolio and are encouraged to contact the Art Department to arrange a showing and an interview with faculty members. Applicants for the B.F.A. program with no portfolio or students who need portfolio improvements can be admitted to the B.A. program and apply for the B.F.A. during their sophomore year. All portfolios are subject to the approval of faculty members. 

Applicants must provide the following for a portfolio assessment:

  • A portfolio of original artwork with 7-15 examples (If the original work cannot be brought, 4” x 6” photographs, or digital images are acceptable.)
  • A High School transcript with grade point average and SAT or ACT scores
  • A short biography with name, age, address, home address, home phone, art activities, interests and career goals
  • Two letters of recommendation from teachers, principals, counselors, or ministers

Portfolio reviews can be scheduled during the following times during the Fall 2013 semester:

  • Friday, October 25, 9:30 am until 5:00 pm
  • Friday, November 1, 9:30 am until 5:00 pm
  • Sunday, November 3, 2:00 pm until 5:00 pm

To schedule an interview, contact Carol Hanson, Monday through Friday between 9:00 a.m. and 5:00 p.m at (405) 208-5226, or via email.

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, request a brochure or view detailed admissions information on the University Admissions website.