To meet your individual interests and goals, we offer four majors in Fine Arts and two distinct degrees: the Bachelor of Arts and the Bachelor of Fine Arts.
About the Majors
OWU has a long and rich history in Fine Arts, with graduates who exhibit in galleries and museums around the world, work in a wide range of professions, and teach at all levels from grade school through college. Studio facilities rival those of many large universities, and students work in virtually every medium.
Students in Fine Arts select from four majors:
- Bachelor of Fine Arts: B.F.A. students are those who are planning to be professional artists, art teachers, or graphic designers. Most students combine various media concentrations (ceramics, computer imaging, drawing, graphic design, metals, painting, photography, printmaking, sculpture) to reflect their own interests. At the advanced levels, students work on their own independent projects.
- Bachelor of Arts in Studio Art: B.A. students take a lower concentration of courses in the arts and often combine their art studies with a second major. They choose from among the same curricular concentrations and meet the same standards of artistic and academic excellence as those who select the B.F.A. route.
- Art History: For the B.A. degree in Fine Arts with a concentration in art history, students explore the art of the past in the context of its historical and cultural setting. Art history courses cover many different periods and cultures such as Classical, medieval, Italian Renaissance, Baroque, American, Islamic, Asian, modern, and contemporary art. All art history majors are required to complete a capstone project working one-on-one with a faculty member on an independent study project of their own choosing.
- Art Education (B.F.A.): The Art Education program is for students pursuing K-12 certification. Students enroll as B.F.A. majors with additional coursework in the education department and supervision for student teaching coordinated with both art and education professors. The combination of the B.F.A.’s extensive and thorough grounding in studio art and art history mixed with the curriculum and supervision in the education department makes our graduates unusually qualified and very competitive for teaching positions.
At Ohio Wesleyan, students are given the opportunity to broaden their learning across academic disciplines and outside of the classroom.
Fine Arts students can bring together four years of work in art and other disciplines into special artistic and research projects.
Senior Art Show
We believe every Ohio Wesleyan student should be immersed in new cultures and new environments - it's an essential part of a 21st-century college education.
We also encourage any opportunity to travel or study abroad during your four years. Numerous Travel-Learning Courses and other travel programs are available, many in a student’s first year, to broaden global perspective.
Exploring Art in Italy
Renaissance Art & Thought
Gain real experience through internships and signature projects. In the New York Arts Program, you can spend an exciting semester in the art capital of the world. You'll have an on-the-job experience with NYC professionals in various artistic fields.
You also can participate in Theory-to-Practice Grant trips as early as your first year. A Theory-to-Practice Grant could fund your original research, internship, or creative project anywhere in the world.
OWU faculty are outstanding scholars and researchers—and passionate teachers. They will push you, challenge you, inspire you, and work with you on your own research and creative projects.
They can even pack a 3-minute lecture with ideas, insight, and imagination. Check out our unique i³ lectures.
Jannuzi Painting Studio
The 3,500-square-foot Jannuzi Painting Studio includes 24 easels and appropriate storage, there is room to spread out and create ambitious large-format work. Intermediate and advanced painting students have semiprivate areas in which to work. There are a variety of color-corrected overhead lighting systems as well as north-facing overhead skylights.
The photography facilities include a light studio, a lecture classroom, a beginning-level gang darkroom that houses 11 enlarger stations, three advanced-level semiprivate darkrooms, one large format/non silver darkroom, several development and film loading rooms, and a print mounting and matting room. All of the darkrooms are equipped with Hiretech custom gel coat sinks and case work and the latest Saunders enlargers.