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2020-2021 Undergraduate Bulletin 
2020-2021 Undergraduate Bulletin [ARCHIVED BULLETIN]

School of Art, Design and Art History

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M. Teresa Valero

Michelle Martin

Associate Professors
Daniel Farnum
Maria Maurer
Kirsten Olds

Applied Associate Professor
Mark Lewis

Applied Assistant Professor
Samuel Krall

For more information about degree offerings by the faculty of the School of Art, visit the School of Art, Design and Art History webpage.

The mission of the School of Art, Design and Art History is to create a stimulating environment for the practice, understanding and advancement of the visual arts.

The mission is carried out by:

  • Providing students with a thorough understanding of artistic traditions past and present to help them find their place in contemporary artistic practices;
  • Encouraging the exploration of innovative artistic techniques and practices in an interdisciplinary environment; and
  • Helping students develop sound studio practices by encouraging active involvement in the community.

Our strategic priorities are:

  • Cultivating students, faculty, staff and administrators who promote the visual arts as central to culture;
  • Maintaining a rigorous yet flexible curriculum that stimulates critical thinking and promotes technical expertise; and
  • Investing in facilities and technology that support our mission.

The program in art offers the Bachelor of Fine Arts (B.F.A.)  and the Bachelor of Arts (B.A.)  degrees in art with emphases in the studio areas of ceramics, graphic design, painting, photography, motion graphics and animation, printmaking or an emphasis in art history. The curriculum for all degrees allows students to develop critical thinking skills and technical expertise in an interdisciplinary environment.

The Bachelor of Fine Arts (B.F.A.)  in art degree enables students to enter professional careers in art and to find their place in contemporary artistic practice. It is the degree most often required for admission to graduate programs offering the Master of Fine Arts degree, which is the most accepted terminal degree in art and the degree required for college-level teaching.

The Bachelor of Arts (B.A.)  in art degree certifies that the student has completed a major study in the visual arts as an integral part of a general liberal arts degree program. Career preparation is not the primary objective of the Bachelor of Arts degree; however, it ensures that the student has a broad approach to artistic production.

Students seeking secondary teacher certification in art should consult their academic advisors to determine subject area courses that are appropriate and the Oklahoma State Department of Education regarding alternative certification.


There is no portfolio admission for students who enter the University at the freshman level and wish to pursue the Bachelor of Fine Arts (B.F.A.)  and Bachelor of Arts (B.A.)  in art degrees. All transfer students to the studio art program must submit a portfolio of work for review by the faculty member in the area of emphasis, and acceptance is based on that portfolio review.

General Requirements

Students pursuing the Bachelor of Fine Arts (B.F.A.)  or Bachelor of Arts (B.A.)  in art complete the four core course requirements before taking intermediary and upper division courses. In the core courses, students learn basic skills about art-making and develop sound studio practices. The courses form the foundation that will support students as they work towards designing a curriculum in their areas of emphasis.

Learning Objectives

B.A. Art, Art History Specialization

Students will:

  1. Demonstrate knowledge of major monuments and artists in their specific cultural-historical context and apply that knowledge to specific art historical problems (e.g., what makes a work of art meaningful or worthy of study).
  2. Demonstrate sound research, intellectual analysis of source material, critical thinking, and effective writing and speaking skills.

B.A. Art, Studio Art Specialization

  1. Demonstrate conceptual and technical proficiency within one or more aspect of the visual arts.
  2. Exhibit evidence of professionalism by developing a portfolio, resume and artist statement, locating their own work within historical and contemporary contexts.

B.F.A. Art Majors

  1. Demonstrate high level of conceptual and technical competency within at least one area of emphasis.
  2. Exhibit evidence of professionalism by developing a cohesive body of work, resume and artist statement, demonstrating the ability to apply historical and contemporary contexts to their own practice.
  3. Successful execution of final project or exhibition, including written artist statement, which illustrates stylistic and conceptual competency of chosen art form.

Certificate Program

The certificate program in classical studies  may be of interest to art majors.




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