Feb 26, 2024  
OHIO University Undergraduate Catalog 2022-23 
OHIO University Undergraduate Catalog 2022-23 [Archived Catalog]

Studio Art Major (B.F.A.)

Major Code BF5051

College of Fine Arts  
School of Art + Design  
Seigfred Hall 528
Athens, OH 45701
Phone: 740.593.4290

Julie Dummermuth, Director, School of Art + Design, contact person

Program Overview

The Bachelor of Fine Arts (B.F.A) in Studio Art is a professional studio degree that fosters the development of studio artists and creative thinkers. Students take courses in Foundations, Art History and Studio that include topics ranging from historical through contemporary issues in art, technical demonstrations, and rigorous critiques of student work. Visiting artists, field trips, exhibitions, collaborative projects and community engagement are also important aspects of the program.

The B.F.A. in Studio Art is comprised of the following areas of concentration: Ceramics, Digital Art + Technology, Painting + Drawing, Photography + Integrated Media, Printmaking, Digital Art + Technology, and Sculpture + Expanded Practice. Students select one of these concentrations to focus on in their last two years of study; however, they are not limited to working in any one specific medium. The program embraces traditional, innovative and cross-disciplinary modes of artmaking, allowing students to pursue and produce research that motivates them. Each student is assigned an advisor within their selected area of concentration and has regular contact with all faculty in that area. Students easily develop community among their peers through regular use of the studio facilities and extra-curricular activities.

Students can apply for direct entry into a concentration by submitting a portfolio when applying for admission. Students can opt to apply for the general B.F.A. degree and apply later for the concentration or apply for the B.A. in studio art, which does not require a portfolio.

In contrast with a B.A. in Studio Art, the B.F.A. in Studio Art program places stronger emphasis on the development of a body of work that culminates in a thesis exhibition just prior to graduation. During the final year of study, students enroll in four courses that center specifically on the development and final preparation of this exhibition.

Scholarships are available for both incoming and continuing students through talent awards, Dean’s Scholarships, and Endowed Awards that recognize artistic ability, academic excellence, exemplary leadership and potential. Our students have also been successful in writing grants and receiving awards through the University.

Admissions Information

Students interested in the B.F.A. in Studio Art major should enter the School of Art + Design as a B.F.A. at the time of application by selecting B.F.A., the desired concentration, and uploading a portfolio for consideration. If students who decide to enter the B.F.A. program have not decided on the area of concentration (Painting & Drawing, Ceramics, Printmaking, Sculpture & Expanded Practice, Photography, and Digital Art + Technology) or major (Graphic Design, Interior Architecture, and Art Therapy), they should upload a portfolio and apply for the concentration or major the following Spring. All students who do not enter as a B.F.A. will automatically enter as a B.A. 

Opportunities Upon Graduation

B.F.A. in Studio Art majors are competitive in art-related careers and experiences, such as: studio artist, artist-in-residence, museum and gallery work, graduate study, studio assistant, commissioned artwork, solo/group exhibitions, entrepreneurs, studio co-ops, grant writers, community project leaders, public artwork competitions, and work in other creative fields.


Total Hours Required

The Bachelor of Fine Arts degree with a major in studio art requires a minimum of 128 hours.

Universitywide Graduation Requirements

To complete this program, students must meet all Universitywide graduation requirements .

School of Art + Design Requirements

All majors in the School of Art + Design (B.A. and B.F.A. degrees) require an accumulative 2.0 GPA and a 2.75 GPA in the major.

Introductory Art History

Complete the following two courses:

Art History 3000/4000-Level Courses

Complete two of the following courses:


Complete the following courses:

Studio Art 2000-Level Courses

Complete five courses from the following list. Two of the courses must be in your area of concentration; two courses are to be outside your area of concentration and can be topics courses.

Studio Art 3000/4000-Level Courses

From the following list of courses, complete one course in your area of concentration. In addition, complete four additional courses in any area of concentration or topics courses.

Art 4000

Complete the following course (minimum 8 hours):

Studio Art Practicum/Thesis

Complete the following courses: