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Department of Art & Design Ranked Among the Top 200 Creative Programs in the Nation

Ohio Northern’s department of art & design has been named as one of the top 200 programs in the nation for creative students.

CoverWritten by Elaina Loveland, Creative Colleges: A Guide for Student Actors, Artists, Dancers, Musicians and Writers (second edition) is aimed at college-bound creative students, giving them the information and resources necessary for picking the right programs. This step-by-step guide to getting into college includes helpful tips about auditions, admission essays, artistic résumés and portfolios, the SAT and ACT, and financial aid. Students can see real-life profiles of students in each discipline and find answers to frequently asked questions.

Loveland meticulously researched programs from across the country before selecting the final 200. Dr. Lisa G. Robeson, interim dean of the Getty College of Arts and Sciences, attributes ONU's inclusion to the caliber of performances the University hosts each year, and the opportunities for students to showcase their talent.

“We are really pleased that the department of art & design has been selected for inclusion in Creative Colleges,” said Robeson. “I think our arts scholarships, the many visiting professional artists who do workshops here, and our opportunities to get students into juried competitions have really made a difference.”

The department is housed in the Wilson Art Center, a state-of-the art facility with up-to-date studios and classrooms for fine arts and design. The Elzay Gallery of Art and the Stambaugh Studio Theatre Gallery feature an ambitious exhibit season and visiting artist program. The department also features a number of student organizations, workshops, a film series, study abroad opportunities, experiential learning opportunities, summer European trips, and student exhibits.

“We are honored that our program is included as a top program in the country by Loveland. She provides college-bound students a lot of information on many top quality programs across the nation,” said department chair Brit Rowe. “Our art and design program offers students an engaging, comprehensive education combining professional training and a broad study of the liberal arts. Our students learn to become effective artists, designers or teachers in a contemporary society. We are thrilled to be listed in the publication.”