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Studio Art and Pre-Art Therapy

ARTISTIC TALENT NEEDS TO BE NURTURED. BECAUSE ART – WHETHER IT’S AN EXPRESSION OF JOY OR BEAUTY, SORROW OR PAIN – TOUCHES PEOPLE ON A DEEP LEVEL. IT TURNS THE ORDINARY INTO THE EXTRAORDINARY.

TOUCH LIVES

As a studio art major at ONU, you’ll become a master at your craft, whether it’s sculpture, painting, illustration, ceramics or printmaking. We designed our BA in studio arts program to complement a minor or major in another academic area, such as psychology, creative writing, arts administration or museum studies. Our BFA program, meanwhile, offers concentrations in 2-D or 3-D design, which allow you to explore your area of focus. In addition, we offer a pre-art therapy option if you want to help people understand themselves and their world through art. This flexible option allows you to minor in psychology and prepares you for graduate school.

Large institutions just can’t provide the individualized attention and opportunities you’ll find here. You’ll learn just as much outside the classroom as you do inside. You’ll participate in juried art shows and enter exhibitions. You’ll go on field trips, participate in group problem-solving sessions, produce art for fundraisers and interact with visiting artists. You’ll take intensive, lab-based courses and produce works of art worthy of accolades. 

Here, you’ll join a close-knit family of artists. From the time you arrive on campus until you graduate, you’ll be guided by the same faculty advisor. You’ll enjoy small class sizes and amazing friendships with your fellow art students. Our dedicated professors will get to know you. They will go above and beyond to develop you as an artist and professional. 

Upon graduation, you’ll have a portfolio of artistic work that will help you land a great job right away!

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Curriculum

Major
Minor
Preprofessional Program
Concentration
Pathway

OPPORTUNITY ABOUNDS

OH, THE PLACES YOU’LL GO

Imagine traveling to New York, San Francisco or Chicago – all expenses paid – with your art professors and peers to attend a professional conference. Or spending the summer in Europe visiting famous museums. Or having your portfolio reviewed by ONU alumni during our Young Alumni Lecture Series. We believe a well-rounded education includes opportunities to travel, experience new places and meet new people, and stretch your comfort zone. These opportunities are here for you to grab.

GET INVOLVED

Join a professional organization, and you’ll learn about opportunities in your field and meet new people. Students in the Student Art League, for example, plan social gatherings, visit studios and museums, and host guest artists on campus. There are dozens of student organizations and honorary societies – geared toward many different interests – active on campus. You’re sure to find one or more that fit you.

USE ART FOR GOOD

You can make a difference with your art. Every year, ONU art students craft pottery bowls and host a soup luncheon to raise money to combat hunger. This Artists Against Hunger event supports the Backpack Food Program, which provides local schoolchildren in need with food for the weekend. 



THINK SUCCESS

EMILY JAY BFA STUDIO ARTS ’10

To meet today’s challenges, people need to be creative and energetic. They need to be able to think on their feet and see the big picture. More than anything, my studio arts major taught me these skills. And because of that, I’ve been able to create a life for myself where I am happy, thriving and contributing to the world around me.

Emily Jay has always explored the world through the creation of art. At ONU, she majored in studio arts and learned to think critically and creatively. She treasured the late nights she spent in ONU’s art studio, listening to music and painting with friends. She also studied abroad in Florence, Italy, an experience that greatly contributed to her growth as an artist. Today, she’s a lecturer in art at ONU and an accomplished artist. She recently self-published two books of photography and was awarded a summer residency at Kunstnarhuset Messen for a photographic project exploring rural communities in Norway. 

OUTCOMES AND COURSES

SOLID OUTCOMES

  • Creative Colleges: A Guide for Students, Actors, Artists, Dancers, Musicians and Writers ranks ONU a top-200 program for creative students.
  • Over the past five years, 100 percent of our studio art and pre- art therapy majors were accepted into graduate school within six months of graduation.
  • Two students have won an AICUO excellence in art award.

COURSES

Here are some courses you’ll take as a studio arts or pre-art therapy major:

  • Drawing/illustration
  • Painting
  • Book making
  • Photography
  • Ceramics
  • Sculpture
  • 3D design
  • Printmaking
  • Art History

WHERE WILL YOU END UP?

POSSIBLE JOBS

  • Art therapist 
  • Conservator 
  • Fine artist 
  • Studio assistant
  • Freelance Artist
  • Teacher (nonprofit)
  • Multimedia artist 
  • Scientific artist
  • Art museum galleries
  • Sequential artist

ALUMNI SUCCESS

Check out where some of our recent studio art/art therapy students have ended up: Edinboro University, Bowling Green State University, Nazareth College, Naropa University, Seton Hill University, University of Oklahoma, and Kent State University

Department of Art & Design

Ann Hood

419-772-2160
b-hood@onu.edu
Wilson Art Building
525 South Main Street
Ada, Ohio 45810
Monday: 8 a.m.-4:30 p.m.
Tuesday: 8 a.m.-4:30 p.m.
Wednesday: 8 a.m.-4:30 p.m.
Thursday: 8 a.m.-4:30 p.m.
Friday: 8 a.m.-4:30 p.m.
Saturday: Closed
Sunday: Closed