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Studio Art

From Fundamentals to Finished Work

OCU provides one of the most outstanding Studio Art programs in the region built on a curriculum that reflects our strong belief in art fundamentals: mastery of both drawing skills and the elements and principles of design. Studio Art classes are informal yet challenging—and just the right size for students to receive individualized instruction. Faculty recognize the role of exploration in the process of solving creative problems and meeting appropriate challenges. Courses provide background in art theory, art history, and contemporary techniques, including digital media creation. Students finish their work at OCU with an impressive portfolio that can open the door to starting a career or gain entry to a competitive graduate school.



Bachelor of Arts in Studio Art

The BA in Studio Art is a flexible program that allows students to study art within the framework of a liberal arts education. Degree requirements provide a firm foundation in art practice  while leaving room for students to consider expanding their academic experience with minors or double majors. Other students may choose the BA in Studio Art because it provides prerequisite coursework for careers or academic work outside the art discipline.

The Studio Art program requires a total of 124 credit hours of coursework: 49 credit hours of GenEd courses + 51 credit hours of Studio Art courses + 24 credit hours of electives. Required courses for the major are listed below.

Current and prospective students should contact a member of the faculty with any questions or to make a personalized plan for degree completion. 

Required courses for BA in Studio Art
  • ART 1003 - Art History: Survey I
  • ART 1043 - Two-Dimensional Design
  • ART 1103 - Art History: Survey II
  • ART 1143 - Drawing I
  • ART 1243 - Three-Dimensional Design
  • ART 1343 - Color Theory
  • ART 2013 - Ceramics
  • ART 2023 - Painting I
  • ART 2063 - Digital Photography I
  • ART 2123 - Drawing II
  • ART 2143 - Life Drawing
  • ART 2343 - Painting II
  • ART 3023 - Printmaking
  • ART 3043 - Sculpture
  • ART 3343 - Life Painting
  • ART 4063 - Internship
  • ART 4163 - Senior Exhibition/Capstone

Minor in Studio Art

The minor in Studio Art requires 18 credit hours.

Required courses for Minor in Studio Art
  • ART 1143 - Drawing I (3)
  • ART 1043 Two-Dimensional Design (3)
  • Two ART electives* 2000-level or above (6)
  • Two upper-division courses, 3000- or 4000-level (6)

*Electives to be chosen in consultation with the art department advisor.

Minor in Graphic Design

The minor in Graphic Design requires 18 credit hours. 

Required courses for Minor in Graphic Design
  • ART 2363 Graphic Design I (3)
  • ART 2463 Graphic Design II (3)
  • ART 2063 Digital Photography I (3)
  • ART 2263 Concept Development (3)
  • ART 3463 Web Design (3)
  • ART 3563 Illustration (3)




The Norick Art Center is a 29,000 square-foot facility that serves as the heart of the visual arts on campus and in the local community. The center contains painting and drawing areas, a ceramics and 3D design area, a dedicated printmaking room, and a twenty-two station Macintosh computer lab as well as the Nona Jean Hulsey Gallery where eight to twelve exhibits are staged each year. Student exhibitions include an annual show in the spring semester as well as group capstone exhibitions. The Art Club organizes additional activities for students on campus and in the community.

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