College of Fine Arts
Matthew R. Shaftel, Dean
Joseph Lamb, Associate Dean
Maureen Wagner, Assistant Dean
The College of Fine Arts includes the School of Art + Design; the School of Dance, Film, and Theater; the School of Interdisciplinary Arts; and the School of Music. The College offers a broad cultural education in the Fine Arts, as well as specialized training in a wide range of career fields.
The College of Fine Arts celebrates innovative creativity and scholarship, and engages students through a challenging and supportive learning environment. We infuse the arts into the university, the region, and the world, by embracing a broad spectrum of traditions and emerging practices.
Schools and Programs
The School of Art + Design , located in Seigfred Hall, offers degree programs leading to a Bachelor of Arts (B.A.) with majors in both Studio Art and Art History. Also available is a Bachelor of Fine Arts (B.F.A.) in Studio Art with concentrations in Ceramics, Painting + Drawing, Photography + Integrated Media, Printmaking, or Sculpture + Expanded Practice and a Bachelor of Fine Arts (B.F.A.) in Graphic Design or Interior Architecture. A limited number of exceptional students may be approved to pursue work through the Honors Tutorial College.
School of Dance , located in Putnam Hall, offers two major degree options: the Bachelor of Fine Arts (B.F.A.) degree and a Bachelor of Arts (B.A.) in Dance. A limited number of exceptional students may be approved to pursue work in dance through the Honors Tutorial College.
School of Film , located at 31 S Court St. A limited number of exceptional students may be approved to pursue an undergraduate major in film through the Honors Tutorial College.
The School of Interdisciplinary Arts , located at 31 S Court St, does not offer an undergraduate degree program. You can, however, earn a minor in interdisciplinary arts.
The School of Music , located in Glidden Hall, offers degree programs leading to a Bachelor of Music (B.Mus.) with majors in Music Composition, Music Education, Music Therapy, Orchestral Instruments, Organ, Piano, Piano Pedagogy, and Voice. It also offers a liberal arts-based degree program leading to a Bachelor of Arts (B.A.). A limited number of exceptional students may be approved to pursue work in music through the Honors Tutorial College.
School of Theater , located in Kantner Hall, offers degree programs leading to a Bachelor of Fine Arts (B.F.A.) with majors in Production Design and Technology, Stage Management, Playwriting, or Theater Performance (Acting). It also offers a liberal arts-based degree program leading to a Bachelor of Arts (B.A.). A limited number of exceptional students may be approved to pursue work in theater through the Honors Tutorial College.
Students wishing to pursue two majors within the College of Fine Arts, either simultaneously or successively must be admitted to and complete all requirements for each of the majors. The College of Fine Arts awards a B.A., B.F.A., or B.Mus. only once, regardless of the number of majors completed with that degree designation (e.g., one B.F.A. degree for double majors in playwriting and acting). Consequently, only one diploma is issued per degree.
Second (Dual) Bachelor’s Degree
Students wishing to pursue a second major outside the College of Fine Arts, should apply for admission to the college offering the second major. See “Earning a Second Degree ” in the Graduation Requirements - Universitywide section of this catalog for specific requirements.
In the case of the dual degree comprising a B.F.A., B.Mus. or B.A. in the College of Fine Arts and a second degree earned in a different college, two degrees are conferred and two diplomas are awarded.
University policy requires the completion of a minimum of 135 semester hours for the second or dual degree (i.e., an additional 15 hours beyond the 120 required for the first degree), including all specific requirements for both degree programs. For the guidelines to earning a second or dual bachelor’s degree, refer to the Graduation Requirements - Universitywide section of this catalog.
Minors are available in art, dance, film, interdisciplinary arts, music, and theater. The minors are designed for students majoring in other fields who wish to pursue study in the arts. Specific requirements for each minor can be found in the program information for that minor.
Students wishing to declare a minor in the College of Fine Arts, should consult with both your major advisor and an advisor within the minor program.
Students with a major in the College of Fine Arts wishing to pursue a minor offered by another school or department within the University, consult that school or department’s section of the catalog. Students cannot minor in the same area as your major (i.e., dance major/dance minor).
High school applicants must be admitted to Ohio University prior to being admitted to a specific Fine Arts program. Guidelines for admission to each school within the College of Fine Arts are listed below.
School of Art + Design
Students accepted to Ohio University are admitted as B.A. majors in Studio Art or Art History. A portfolio is required of incoming freshmen only for talent scholarship consideration and must be submitted online. Contact the School of Art + Design for portfolio submission dates.
Admission to the B.F.A. in Studio Art (with a concentration in Ceramics, Painting + Drawing, Photography + Integrated Media, Printmaking, or Sculpture + Expanded Practice) and B.F.A. in Graphic Design require a successful portfolio review, which usually occurs at the end of the sophomore year.
Admission to the B.F.A. interior architecture major requires a successful portfolio review which occurs at the end of the first year.
School of Dance
An audition is required for entry into all dance degree programs and for talent scholarship consideration. Contact Dance for audition dates.
School of Music
An audition is required for entry into all music degree programs and for talent scholarship consideration. Contact the School of Music for audition dates.
School of Theater
Students accepted to Ohio University are admitted as B.A. majors. An audition/interview is required of incoming first year students only for talent scholarship consideration. Contact Theater for audition/interview dates. Admission to a specific B.F.A. major (production design and technology, playwriting, performance (acting) or management) requires an audition/interview at the end of the first year.
To transfer from another college or university, you are required to audition, submit a portfolio, or meet the requirements specified by each program in the College of Fine Arts in addition to gaining admission to Ohio University. Contact the particular school in which you are interested for detailed admission information.
Ohio University students requesting transfer to degree programs in the College of Fine Arts also are required to meet the above criteria and should consult the appropriate school before applying for transfer.
Scholarships and Awards
A limited number of scholarships and awards of varying amounts are available to students with majors in the College of Fine Arts. Some awards are renewable; others are granted on a one-time basis, renewable at the discretion of the school involved. Awards are based primarily on talent demonstrated through audition, interview, and/or portfolio submission. Contact the appropriate school to arrange an audition or portfolio submission for talent-based awards.
To reflect Ohio University’s expanding program offerings and mission, the Office of Education Abroad has recently changed its name to The Office of Global Opportunities.
Offerings include programs in the United States along with the extensive array of study abroad programs, providing students with a greater variety of opportunities to have unique academic experiences. The College of Fine Arts sponsors a number of these programs with a focus on the arts. Information regarding a specific program can be obtained from the sponsoring school at www.ohio.edu/finearts/students/education-abroad.cfm.
For information about general Ohio University education abroad opportunities, refer to Academic Opportunities - Universitywide in the Academic Opportunities – Universitywide section of this catalog.
The College of Fine Arts maintains a system of academic advising for its students with assigned members of the faculty serving as advisors. Students should maintain ongoing contact with their advisors for assistance with concerns related to academic and career planning. Advisors will assist students with an appropriate selection of courses each semester as they prepare course schedules. It is especially important that students work closely with their advisor to maintain the proper sequence of courses in the selected major. Deviations from the normal course requirements, including waivers and/or substitutions, must be approved in writing by a student’s advisor, school director, and the dean’s ofﬁce.
Although advisors will be helpful in assisting with the preparation of a student’s schedule, it is the student’s responsibility to make certain that all graduation requirements are met.
For the University academic probation policy, refer to Academic Policies in the Academic Policies & Procedures section of this catalog. Any student who, at the time of review, does not have a 2.0 or higher GPA, will be placed on academic probation and will be required to complete an Academic Success Workshop coordinated by the Allen Student Advising Center. This 90-minute workshop is mandatory each time a student is placed on academic probation and is intended to help students improve their academic performance and return to good academic standing as quickly as possible. Failure to attend a workshop will result in a registration hold, which will not be lifted until the workshop has been completed. Information about the workshop will be sent to students’ permanent addresses, local addresses, and/or university email accounts. See the Allen Student Advising Center website (www.ohio.edu/helpcenter) for workshop dates and times. Please contact the Allen Student Advising Center with any questions or concerns: Baker University Center 419, 740.566.8888, firstname.lastname@example.org.
Degrees and Requirements
Upon completion of a program in the School of Art + Design or the School of Dance, Film, and Theater, either a B.A. or a B.F.A. degree is granted.
Upon completion of programs in the School of Music the B.Mus. degree is granted.
All programs of study within the College of Fine Arts are intended to provide students with a strong foundation in the arts and culture as well as an opportunity for specialized professional training. Every effort is made through careful individual academic advising and a flexible curriculum to meet the individual needs of each student. If your qualifications are outstanding, certain courses may be waived from the proposed program of study. You may request a review of qualifications for course waivers through your adviser and school director. Waivers sanctioned at the school level are then submitted to the dean’s office for review. Candidates for degree programs in the College of Fine Arts must complete a minimum of 120 semester hours with an accumulative grade point average (GPA) of at least 2.0. The minimum number of semester hours and the accumulative GPA for some degree programs are higher.
B.A. Degree and Requirements
General requirements for a B.A. are
- a minimum of 120 semester hours;
- 57 hours of coursework above the 1999 level;
- the equivalent of two years of college-level foreign language;
- at least 9 hours each of humanities, social sciences, and 6 hours of natural sciences coursework;
- General Education Requirements —Tiers I, II, III; and
- all requirements stipulated by the school for the chosen major.
Minors are optional.
B.A. Degree Language Options
B.A.: Students must complete 2120 (or its equivalent). Students taking the Spanish, French, or German placement test and who test into 3110 will have fulfilled their foreign language requirement. The placement exam does not count as college credit. Students who test into 3110 are encouraged to take the course they placed into for college credit. These higher-level courses will count as humanities courses (and A&S 2000-level or higher) as well as towards a minor or major in the field.
Students who have prior knowledge of one of the following foreign languages should contact the academic departments listed below for test-out and placement information:
American Sign Language - Contact person: Becky Brooks - email@example.com - 740.654.6711 - Lancaster Campus
French, German, Italian, Portuguese, Spanish, or Russian - Modern Languages - Gordy Hall 283 - contact: firstname.lastname@example.org - 740.593.2765
Arabic, Chinese, Hindi, Indonesian, Japanese, Kikuyu, Khmer, Somali, Sudanese Arabic, Swahili, Thai, Twi, Vietnamese, Wolof, or Zulu - Linguistics - Gordy Hall 383
Greek or Latin - Classics and World Religions - Contact person: Bill Owens email@example.com - Ellis 210
Students who have prior knowledge of a foreign language not offered at Ohio University can opt to take the NYU Foreign 12-Point exam (approximate cost $350) to complete their foreign language requirement: www.scps.nyu.edu/academics/departments/foreign-languages/testing/process.html
For international students whose first or native language is not English, and who completed high school where the first or native language was the one primarily used for instruction, the foreign language requirement may be satisfied by demonstrating competence in English. This must be approved by the assistant dean in the College of Fine Arts, and it generally requires the successful completion of at least one or more courses in English as a foreign language.
You may also satisfy the foreign language requirement by taking a foreign language other than your own first language at Ohio University, or by successfully completing the NYU foreign language exam.
Enrollment in the beginning or intermediate level (under 3000) of your own first language(s) will be considered a noncredit course.
Please contact the Fine Arts Undergraduate Student Affairs office at 740.593.1808 for additional information.
Liberal Arts and Sciences Distribution Requirements
The humanities requirement may be met by selecting 9 semester hours, excluding the major, from the following (if no courses are listed, all courses apply):
- African American Studies: AAS 1060 , 1100 , 1500 , 2100 , 2110 , 2500 , 3100 , 3170 , 3500 , 3520 , 3530 , 3550 , 3560 , 3570
- Art: ART 1100 , 1200 , 1210 , 1220 , 1230 , 1240 , 1600 , 2640 , 3660
- Art History: AH
- Classical Archaeology, except CLAR 2110 , 2120 , 2130 , 3650
- Classics in English (CLAS)
- College of Arts and Sciences: CAS 1110 , 2411 , 2405 , 2500
- Communication Studies: COMS 3601 , 3602 , 3603
- Dance: DANC 1010 , 1020 , 1040 , 1050 , 1700 , 2235 , 2700 , 2710 , 3150 , 3550 , 4550 , 4710 , 4711 , 4750
- English: except ENG D150 , D160 , 1510 , 1610 , 4510 , 4520 , 4911 , 4912
- Film: FILM 2010 , 2020 , 2030 , 3400 , 3430 , 4440 , 4710 , 4720
- Fine Arts: FAR 1500
- Foreign language courses other than those used to complete the foreign language requirement and except FR 1199 , 4640 , JPN 3410 , and SPAN 1199
- History: HIST 1210 , 1220 , 2270 , 2530 , 2700, 2950 , 3111J , 3140 , 3144 , 3146 , 3148 , 3224 , 3290 , 3291 , 3292 , 3293 , 3390 , 3501 , 3520 , 3531 , 3532 , 3533 , 3540 , 3541 , 3542 , 3560 , 3562 , 3600 , 3860 , 3861 , 3864 , 3900 , 4536
- Humanities: HUM 2070 , 2080 , 2170 , 2900
- Interdisciplinary Arts: IART
- International Literatures in English, International Literature: Linguistics, and International Literature: Modern Languages except ILL 3890
- Jewish Studies: (all), JS 1000 , 2100 , 2900
- Modern Languages: ML 2300 , 2950 3210J , 3270J
- Music/Music Literature: MUS 1200 or 1250 , 1240 , 3210 , 3625 , 4210 , 4211 , 4212 , 4213 , 4214 , 4215 , 4216 , 4270
- Philosophy: except PHIL 1200
- Portuguese: PORT 3110 , 3120 , 3180 , 3190 , 4110 , 4120
- Theater: THAR 1390 , 1710 , 1730 , 2130 , 2390 , 2710 , 2711 , 3396 , 3397 , 3398 , 4710
- University Professor: UP 1901 , 1901U , 4901U (class subjects vary; check Course Offerings for more information)
- Women’s and Gender Studies: except WGS 3910
- World Religions: except CLWR 4340 , 4350
The social sciences requirement may be met by a selection of 9 semester hours, excluding the major, from the following (if no courses are listed, all courses apply):
- African American Studies: AAS 1010 , 1900 , 2020 , 2200 , 2250 , 2540 , 3400 , 3410 , 3450 , 3460 , 3680 , 4400 , 4820
- Anthropology: except ANTH 2010 , 3460 , 3550 , 4470 , 4480 , 4740, 4960 , and those listed as natural sciences below
- Business Law: BUSL 2000 , 2550 , 3400
- Classical Archaeology: CLAR 2110 , 2120 , 2130 , 3650
- College of Arts and Sciences: CAS 1120 , 1415 , 1425 , 1605 , 2410 , 2411 , 2500 , 2600 , 4410 , 4911
- Economics: ECON
- Environmental and Plant Biology: PBIO 2170
- Geography: GEOG except those listed under Natural Sciences (see below)
- History: HIST except those listed under Humanities (see above)
- International Studies: INST
- International Literature: ILL 3890
- Japanese: JPN 3410
- Law, Justice, and Culture: LJC 2000 , 3915 , 4945
- Linguistics: LING
Modern Languages ML 2400
- Political Science: POLS
- Psychology: except PSY 1110 , 2110 , 2210 , 3110 , 3230
- Social Work: SW
- Sociology: SOC
- University Professor: UP 1901S , 4901S (class subjects vary; check Course Offerings for more information)
- Women’s and Gender Studies: WGS 3910
- World Religions: CLWR 4340 , 4350
The natural sciences requirement may be met by selecting 6 semester hours, excluding the major, from the following (if no courses are listed, all courses apply):
- Anthropology: ANTH 2010 , 3460 , 3550 , 4470 , 4480 , 4740, 4960
- Astronomy: ASTR
- Biological Sciences: BIOS, BIOL 1010
- Chemistry: except CHEM D015 , 1100 , 1150 , 1151 , 1152 , 3005 , 3006
- Computer Science: CS 4160 , 3000
- Environmental and Plant Biology: except PBIO 2170
- Geography: GEOG 1100 , 2680 , 2710 , 3010 , 3020 , 3030 , 3040 , 3050 , 3150 , 3160 , 3580 , 3650 , 4035 , 4060 , 4070 , 4080 , 4090 , 4110 , 4130 , 4170 , 4660 , 4670 , 4712 , 4730 , 4760 , 4770 , 4941 , 4942 , 4943 , 4944
- Geological Sciences: GEOL
- Mathematics: except MATH D005 , 1060, 1090 , 1101 , 1102 , 1200 , 1300 , 1321 , 1322 , 4100
- Physical Science: PSC
- Psychology: PSY 2110 , 2210 , 3110 , 3230
- Physics: PHYS
- University Professor: UP 1901N , 4901N (class subjects vary; check Course Offerings for more information)
*These listings must be used as the official guide for the completion of the Arts and Sciences area (distribution) requirements. Exceptions to the hour area distribution will be made only under the most unusual of circumstances and by petition only. Some courses from these categories may also be applied to the University Tier II requirements. However, the three area distributions differ in scope from the six Tier II groupings (Applied Science and Mathematics, Cross-Cultural Perspectives, Fine Arts, Humanities and Literature, Natural Sciences, and Social Sciences). If you wish to select a course that will apply to both area distributions and Tier II requirements, take care to choose a course that has been approved for the desired category in both the College and the University listings. (The list of courses approved for Tier II categories appears in the General Education Requirements section of the catalog.) Courses that can fulfill Tier I quantitative skills, the freshman composition requirements and the Tier III requirement do not apply to the three area distribution requirements, except for MATH 1350 . POLS 2800 and PSY 2110 .
Hours at the 200 level or above: Within the total hours applied to the degree, at least 57 semester hours of courses must be above the freshman level (numbered above 1999). These courses are listed earlier in this section under humanities, social sciences, and natural sciences, and include foreign languages, courses from the department major, and courses taught by faculty in the College of Fine Arts or Arts and Sciences intended to meet the junior composition or Tier III requirement.
Single Application of Credit and Exceptions
Excluding the exceptions listed below, no course may satisfy more than one of the three area distribution requirements in foreign language, humanities, social sciences, or the major requirement. For example, a theater major may not apply any courses in theater toward the humanities area distribution requirement. Courses that fulfill freshman General Education Tier I requirements or Tier III will not apply to the three area distribution requirements. Tier III-equivalent courses may fulfill both major and Tier III requirements.
- MATH 1350 , POLS 2800 and PSY 2110 (will fulfill the Tier I quantitative requirement, as well as the natural science area distribution).
- Junior-level advanced composition courses offered by departments within the College of Fine Arts or the College of Arts and Sciences apply to the area distribution requirement except when they are required for the major.