The Department of Art at The Ohio State University offers an exceptional nationally ranked MFA program and quality undergraduate programs that are recognized nationally and internationally. The department is a community of professional fine artists, dedicated faculty, skilled staff, and engaged students, all of whom are fully committed to learning, research, and service.
Our faculty are accomplished professionals who make significant contributions to the cultural life of the university, city, state, nation, and world through research that results in creative activities, exhibitions, public lectures, and other professional activities. We are committed to providing members of our community an intellectually stimulating environment, access to good studio spaces, and connections to the vast resources available on our campus.
As a community, we celebrate the production, examination, and evaluation of the visual arts as a people-centered enterprise. We preserve the core values of intellectual freedom and creative examination and take pride in the diversity of viewpoints and expertise that are essential elements of a rich environment for creative inquiry.
The degree programs and the studio art minor offered in the Department of Art at The Ohio State University are accredited by the National Association of Schools of Art and Design (NASAD). Students work toward undergraduate and graduate degrees, concentrating in areas of art and technology, ceramics, glass, painting and drawing, photography, printmaking, and sculpture. The department emphasizes interdisciplinary experience as well as the study of theoretical and critical activities of the studio artist. Art faculty members are active in teaching and exhibiting around the world. Internationally-known artists visit campus to teach courses and to work with students individually.
Interim Department Chair: Michael Mercil
The Bachelor of Fine Arts degree in Art features 84 credit hours of specialized studio training and 46 hours of general education courses. Students who complete the BFA develop their professional skills to prepare for graduate study or a professional career in the visual arts.
The Bachelor of Arts degree in Art is a liberal arts degree with 57 required hours of studio art classes and 64 hours of coursework outside the major.
The Department of Art offers a three-year Master of Fine Arts degree.