Fine Arts Admission Requirements
School of Art & Art History
The School of Art and Art History is the only institution in the state to offer a graduate degree in art history at both the master’s and doctoral level. The School of Art and Art History serves approximately 400 undergraduate and graduate level students in art history, media, studio and visual communications with a faculty of 26 full-time artists, designers and scholars. The school is divided into five broad areas: foundations, studio arts, art history, media art, and visual communications. Students, other than those in the Art History program, begin their studies with the Foundations area. Studio art consists of programs in painting, printmaking, ceramics, and sculpture. Art history is a humanities field that studies the history of art, artifacts and architecture. Media includes video, photography and film areas. Visual communications majors become graphic designers, production managers and other visual specialists working in advertising and related fields.
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School of Dance
The School of Dance is considered one of the leading programs in the nation for training in ballet and modern dance technique. The School emphasizes performance and now boasts two performing companies. Both companies are committed to performing works from the national repertoire by choreographers such as Ailey, Balanchine, Battles, de Mille and Arpino. Oklahoma Festival Ballet has a repertoire of over 40 ballets, eight of them full-length, while Contemporary Dance Oklahoma features one-act modern dance works. Opera and musical theatre productions provide still other performance outlets, as doproductions of student choreography and international tours to such countries as Japan, Ecuador, Mexico, Taiwan, China, France and Paraguay. Students develop a national perspective and networking opportunities by working with established guest artists each semester.
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Helmerich School of Drama
The Helmerich School of Drama prepares students for professional careers in theatre, film and theatre education. Coursework on the undergraduate level includes acting; directing; movement and dance; voice and diction stage combat; graphics; stagecraft; theatre history; costume history; construction and design; lighting and scenic design; and play structure and analysis. The School of Drama offers courses leading to the degrees of Master of Fine Arts in Drama and Master of Arts in Drama. Areas of specialization in the Master of Fine Arts degree program include directing or scenic, costume or lighting design. Areas of specialization in the Master of Arts degree program include literature, criticism, theatre history, and dramaturgy. Admission to the School of Drama requires an on-campus audition (for Acting concentration), portfolio review (for Design or Technology concentrations) or an interview (for Stage Management or Dramaturgy concentrations).
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School of Music
The School of Music is Oklahoma’s only comprehensive music school. A full complement of faculty artists and scholars offers instruction in all traditional instruments and voice, music education, musicology, music composition, and music theory. Admission to all undergraduate music degree programs (and some graduate programs) is contingent upon an applied music audition. Audition information is online at http://music.ou.edu/home/audition_days.html. Anyone unable to attend any of the audition days may call (405) 325-2081 for information. Applicants for graduate programs should contact the School of Music coordinator of graduate studies, Dr. Irvin Wagner at firstname.lastname@example.org or call (405) 325-4504.
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Weitzenhoffer School of Musical Theatre
The Weitzenhoffer School of Musical Theatre is the only School of Musical Theatre within a public university in the country. It provides its students with the best of two worlds — conservatory-style training within a dynamic liberal arts university environment. The faculty and staff of the Weitzenhoffer School of Musical Theatre are fully committed to their students. Their role is to develop each student’s talents, stretching their abilities and skill. The primary goal of the School is to give students the tools that will prepare them for eventual jobs in the entertainment industry — both on stage and off. OU Musical Theatre graduates are working professionals. The level of professional training, family environment and performance opportunities make the School of Musical Theatre one of America’s top musical theatre degree programs.
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College of Fine Arts Advising Syllabus
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