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What is Studio Arts?

The studio arts curriculum offers a comprehensive experience designed to engage students with traditional and contemporary practices and to develop critical thinking skills. The program combines broad-based university studies with concept-driven experimentation in the studio arts disciplines. Areas withing studio arts include painting, ceramics, sculpture, printmaking, and drawing.

Am I required to present a portfolio?

All art majors are initially admitted under the Bachelor of Arts in Art degree.  Upon completion of Core I and Core II, students may apply for admission to the Bachelor of Fine Arts – Studio Art degree via a portfolio review.

So, what's my degree?

A studio art major graduates with a Bachelor of Fine Arts. 

Do my interests fit?

Studio arts students typically have interests in:

  • Painting
  • Printmaking
  • Ceramics
  • Sculpture
  • New Media
  • Multimedia
  • Interdisciplinary media
  • Contemporary culture

How can I get involved?

Red Clay Faction—Ceramics
Print Club
VASA Visual Arts Student Association

Wait, I can have a minor?

Studio Arts students may want to explore minors in:

How can I study abroad?

  • OU in Arezzo offers great opportunities for students to study art while abroad.
  • Students can also participate in one of OU’s other Summer Study Abroad programs to earn general education course credit.

What kind of career could I pursue?

Professional Artist or Art Consultant
Art Organizations or Conservators
Movie & Film Productions, Special Effects Studios
Set Designers
Art Restorers and Curators
Museums and Galleries
Public Art Agencies
Production development/modeling
Foundries, Ceramic Engineers, Metal Fabricators
Fine Art Printing, Print Production Studios, Archives

What is the Lightwell Gallery?

The Lightwell Gallery is located in the central atrium of the OU School of Visual Arts. It’s a large space, with an uninterrupted footprint and a sky-lit ceiling providing visibility from studios, offices, and hallways from one and two stories above the gallery floor.
The mission of the Lightwell Gallery is to contribute significantly to the academic function of the school and to provide and enhance educational opportunities for our students. Through invitational and an annual international juried exhibition, the Lightwell also serves as a forum to connect the school, its students, and the larger Norman and Oklahoma City community to a variety of nationally and internationally recognized artists operating around the world today.


School of Visual Arts
Phone: (405) 325-2691