The Bachelor of Fine Arts program is considered the professional art degree. Students receiving a B.F.A. in studio
or photography have the opportunity to obtain a high level
of general studio art experiences, as well as concentrating in their chosen area. Most graduate schools prefer the
B.F.A. in their admission policies.
Bachelor of Fine Arts (B.F.A.) in Studio Art
Bachelor of Fine Arts (B.F.A.) in Photography
The Bachelor of Arts allows for a broad exploration in
studio or photography within the framework of a liberal
arts education. The B.A. provides students with the opportunity to expand their educational experience to include
other areas of interest, while still receiving a degree in art.
The B.A. program allows for double majors, minors, and
prerequisite course work for those who may wish to pursue
a career other than art.
Bachelor of Arts (B.A.) in Studio Art
Bachelor of Arts (B.A.) in Photography
Each area concentrates heavily on foundation courses from a historical,
practical, theoretical and critical point of view. Studio majors can concentrate
their studies in either painting, drawing or three-dimensional. Photography
majors areas of concentration are digital or film or both.
About Our Programs
The foundation courses provide knowledge and skills of materials processes in both two-dimensional and three-dimensional art. All students begin with strong classical training in studio art, art history, and art theory. This provides the technical and conceptual knowledge that allows our students to create individually relevant works that are reflective of the attitudes, philosophies, and language of the contemporary art world.
- Art History
The Art Department realizes that knowledge and understanding of art history and art theory is impetrative in the development of all visual artists. Because the concept of the work is as important as the technical skills used to create it, all art majors are required to take a minimum of four art history courses, in addition to art theory.
Drawing classes are highly sequenced. Beginning courses develop the student’s ability to see as an artist and translate the visual world to a two-dimensional plane. These foundation classes allow students to develop their understanding of the basic concepts of drawing and acquire fundamental skills in working with a variety of drawing media. As students advance through the program, they are encouraged to explore individual interpretations of form and subject, expand their use of materials, and begin to create drawings that are reflective of their personal aesthetics and sensibilities.
Our beginning painting classes provide students the opportunity to learn a variety of styles and techniques. Starting with traditional genres, students develop technical skills with an emphasis on painting methods, materials, compositions, and applied color theory. As students advance, we support development of work that is self directed and authentically inspired. We do not impose any particular style or genre, but empower students with the ability to select and apply techniques most effective for their specific concept or subject matter.
Printmaking offers study in four traditional printmaking processes including intaglio (etching), lithography, serigraphy, (silkscreen), and relief (woodblock, linoleum). Printmaking is a multifaceted course offering additional processes in collagraph, chine colle', monotype, monoprint, vitrography, other experimental. Students are encouraged to explor multiple print processes. Printmaking has a unique position in image making with design, drawing, and craftsmanship employing aspects of painting, sculpture and photography.
The study of the human figure has been a tradition of western art in all classical training. Students increase their drawing and painting skills tremendously when working from the model because of the challenge in translating such a complex form to works of art. Additionally, as a subject, the human figure allows the artist to convey powerful expressive meanings, from purely aesthetic beauty, to empathic responses to the human condition.
Oklahoma City University’s sculpture program will give you the tools to transform ideas into tangible three-dimensional forms and encourages you to pursue your own artistic vision. We take a product-oriented approach to teaching sculpture, which combines discussions of contemporary sculptural issues with slide lectures, critiques and hands-on studio work. Our coursework lays the foundation for three dimensional thinking and vocabulary. Course curriculum allows for personal investigation of materials, ideas, and creativity.
Oklahoma City University’s ceramics program is designed to give you the experience and skills you will need to express yourself in clay. Beginning and intermediate courses offer a broad-based, contemporary ceramics curriculum. Students are exposed to a variety of aesthetic approaches that help them develop their creative imagination, visual perception, and an understanding of visual form. Advanced level courses emphasize the development of a personal style and help prepare students for a career in art.
- The Photography Program
The Photography Program at Oklahoma City University holds true to the ideas and principles regarding the foundation of photography. This includes an in-depth understanding of both traditional film and digital techniques, a historic perspective and a working knowledge of films, papers, printing and alternative processes. Students are continually encouraged to seek their professional direction by exploring both mediums in detail.
- Traditional and Digital
Unlike many other universities, at Oklahoma City University students have the opportunity to study in both traditional Film and Digital photography. Students can explore and experiment with both mediums to achieve their desired outcomes. Students can also specialize in one or the other or both. The digital photography lab supports 20 digital workstations with 24” Macintosh iMacs © that contain the latest digital photography software.
The Nona Jean Hulsey Art Gallery supports the Art Department’s degree programs by showing the work of artists from Oklahoma and the region. There are shows for graduating seniors, held at the end of each semester, and an exhibition of student work every spring. The Hulsey Gallery’s exhibits are open to the public and free of charge.