The Department of Art and Art History at Oakland University offers B.A. degrees in art history and studio art, as well as minors in both fields, and a minor in graphic design. Concentrations within studio art include drawing, painting and photography, and new media. Students also can earn a B.A. in studio art with a certification in K-12 art education.
The department's curriculum encompasses both artmaking as an aesthetic expression of intellectual vision and contextual study and research into the exceptional range of aesthetic expression throughout history. Majors and non-majors develop their knowledge and understanding of the history of the visual arts, gain a solid grounding in aesthetic and critical theory, develop technical skills in a variety of artistic media, and expand their abilities to conceptualize and communicate their own vision through aesthetic means.