Studio Arts and Pre-Art Therapy
As a studio arts 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 or arts administration. 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!
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.
Join a professional organization, and you’ll learn about opportunities in your field and meet new people. Students in the Kappi Pi art honorary, 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.
ARTISTS IN THE HOUSE
Each year, we bring acclaimed artists like Matt Madden, Ashwini Bhat, Marilyn McPheron, Judith Steele, and Jay Ryan to campus to share their journeys and conduct workshops with the students. You’ll have the chance to meet these masters of the craft and soak up the knowledge they impart.
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. She’s a former lecturer in art at ONU and an accomplished artist. Today, Emily is pursuing her Ph.D. in critical studies and artistic practice at Texas Technical University. 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
• Creative Colleges: A Guide for Students, Actors, Artists, Dancers, Musicians and Writers ranks ONU a top-200 program forcreative 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.
• Several students have won scholarships from Kappa Pi.
Here are some courses you’ll take as a studio arts or pre-art therapy major:
- Book making
- 3D design
- Art History
WHERE WILL YOU END UP?
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.
Wilson Art Building
525 South Main Street
Ada, Ohio 45810