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.

OWU's partnership with Carnegie Mellon University gives students the opportunity to pursue a Master of Arts Management degree.

Related Minors


Graduate Outcomes

Salman Toor '06

Salman had a solo exhibition of his paintings at the Whitney Museum in New York November 2020 through April 2021. The exhibition, "Salman Toor: How Will I Know," was part of the Whitney's emerging artists program. In August 2022, he was featured in a feature article in "The New Yorker."


Department Contact Info


Edgar Hall
Ohio Wesleyan University
Delaware, OH 43015
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Department Contact

Chair: Kristina Bogdanov
Professor of Fine Arts
Haycock Hall 112