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The School of Visual Arts fosters growth of mind through the practice and appreciation of art-making. Studio-based classes and workshops nurture creative expression in the traditional studio arts as well as in digitally based graphic design and animation classes. At the same time, coursework in art history, film culture and theory provide perspective for students as they develop their skills and learn to recognize and describe the impact of art in society.

SVA students are welcomed into a community of practicing artists where they gain access to a variety of specialized facilities in the Norick Art Center including studio space for printmaking, ceramics, graphic design, sculpture, digital design and animation, motion capture, and analog and digital photography. There’s also a dedicated screening room and specialized facilities for digital film production and post-production in the Dawson-Loeffler building. The Hulsey Gallery complements these facilities by offering dedicated space to showing varied exhibitions throughout the year, including shows that feature student capstones and faculty work, and a vibrant series of visiting artists and artists in residence. In addition, SVA students are strongly encouraged to make connections in the Oklahoma City art scene through personally matched internships and group exhibitions.

The School offers a core with two tracks: the Bachelor of Arts in Studio Art and Design and tracks in studio art and graphic design.

Undergraduate students from throughout the university may also consider complementing their major with one of the minors administered by the school: Photography, Studio Art, Graphic Design, or Digital Film and Media.

The BA in Studio Art and Design 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 + 48 credit hours of Studio Art courses + 27 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 & Design

Core Courses

  • Drawing and Design I (ART 1143)
  • Graphic Design I (Art 2363)
  • Drawing II/ Life Drawing (ART 3013)
  • Art History: Survey I (ART 1003)
  • Art History: Survey II (ART 1103)
  • Painting I (ART 2023)
  • Graphic Design II (Art 2463)
  • Digital Photography I (ART 2063)
  • Printmaking (ART 3023)
  • Senior Exhibition / Capstone (ART 4163)
  • Internship (ART 4063)

Emphasis in Studio Art

  • Film photography
  • Sculpture (ART 3043)
  • Painting II (ART 3613)
  • Ceramics (ART 2013)
  • Special Topics Studio art

Emphasis in Graphic Design

  • Illustration
  • Digital portfolio development
  • Web design
  • Publication design
  • Digital Photography II

Download Degree Checklists

Studio Art Track (pdf)

Graphic Design Track (pdf)

Students interested in Studio Art and Graphic Design can easily transfer their academic credits to Oklahoma City University! OCCC and Rose State College students should review the below articulation agreements to determine which courses are needed for the Studio Art and Design degree.  


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