At a glance: Studio Arts
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Our studio arts program integrates a liberal arts education with traditional and contemporary methods in art and design, exposing students to a wide range of theory and media. Students engage in many enriching, outside-the-classroom learning experiences such as guest artist programs, professional externships, student exhibition opportunities, field trips, and study-abroad programs.
Students majoring in studio arts earn a bachelor of fine arts or a bachelor of arts degree.
The BFA degree program is a rigorous study in the visual arts with two concentration options. Students with illustration, printmaking or painting interests can elect the two-dimensional concentration. For other students with interest in ceramics or sculpture, students may elect the three-dimensional concentration.
Studio arts candidates in the BFA degree program may also elect to pursue the pre-art therapy option. The field of art therapy can be a powerful career to help people better understand themselves and their world. ONU’s pre-art therapy program prepares students to develop a professional portfolio that demonstrates mastery of skill and knowledge to enter graduate school (Masters in art therapy).
The BA degree program allows the student a major study in the visual arts in addition to integrating a strong liberal arts program. Students gain some depth in a number of studio-related disciplines of their choice, but students are encouraged to minor or double major in another academic field. At Ohio Northern, students may select such programs as psychology, creative writing, entrepreneurship, museum studies, or arts management.
- The department is recognized in the Creative Colleges Guide as one of the top programs in the country.
- Comprehensive curriculum gives students exposure to 2-D and 3-D form, theory and practices.
- Professors are dedicated artists, designers, teachers, scholars and mentors.
- Opportunities abound for field experience and externships for studio art majors at a variety of businesses and organizations.
- Visiting artist program brings to campus accomplished artists.
- Numerous talent awards and scholarships are granted to gifted students.
Comprehensive curriculum gives students exposure to 2-D and 3-D form, theory and practices.
Professors are dedicated artists, designers, teachers, scholars and mentors.
Opportunities abound for field experience and externships for studio art majors at a variety of businesses and organizations.
Visiting artist program brings to campus accomplished artists.
Numerous talent awards and scholarships are granted to gifted students.
The Department of Art and Design is housed in the Wilson Art Center for the Visual Arts, providing students with updated equipment, resources, wireless capabilities and a stimulating environment in which to work. Most beginning courses meet in the drawing studio, which is well-equipped with drawing tables, group work stations, and storage space to meet the individual needs of students. The students also have access to the design computer studio. This space contains the latest Macintosh computers, scanners, color and black and white laser printers, digital cameras, updated software and a small periodical library. A design studio, located next to the computer studio, is well equipped with drafting tables, light board tables and group work stations. Most class presentations take place in the lecture room, located adjacent to the visual resource library. This department library contains thousands of slides to numerous videotapes, DVDs and books for instruction.
The students' senior capstone projects are displayed in the Elzay Gallery of Art. The gallery is connected to the classroom-studio building by a loggia and is used to display work of artists of invited exhibitions and student shows throughout the year. Other studio/classrooms located in the Wilson Art Center include a painting studio and a printmaking studio. A variety of gas electric, soda and raku kilns and furnaces are adjoined to the ceramics and sculpture studios.
The Student Art League is open to any student at Ohio Northern with interests in the visual arts. The SAL’s intent is to further the students’ art education outside the classroom. Students plan social gatherings, visit artists’ studios, art galleries and museums, field trips, the film series, and guest artist visits for the department. The organization also offers exhibit opportunities and critiques of work.
Other student organizations in the department of art & design include AIGA/The Professional Association for Design, Kappa Pi National Art Honorary, and the National Art Education Association.
The department of art and design is committed to teaching and learning through an intensive, structured and sequential program of fine arts and liberal arts education. Our goal is to develop students as creative, productive and intellectually curious artists capable of historical and cultural insight, critical thinking and technical proficiency in an area of emphasis. The University and Department has programs in place to assist students with externship acquisition, career search upon graduation and student-employer networking opportunities. Some graduates have gone on to get advanced degrees.
Professional placement and internships
All studio arts candidates in the BFA program complete some sort of an externship experience. In certain occasions, students may elect to study abroad or study domestically in an approved program to fulfill this educational requirement. Numerous opportunities are available to students at Ohio Northern.
Recent graduates have pursued graduate education in art or art therapy at institutions such as Bowling Green State University, Seton Hill University, Nazareth College, Kent State University, Ohio State University, Chicago Art Institute and University of Cincinnati.
Studio Arts graduates can pursue many fulfilling career paths. Alumni from ONU can pursue career opportunities in the fine arts, illustration and photography, sketch artists and digital media, arts management, art education and community arts centers, and art and psychology.