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Oakland University
Art and Art History

310 Wilson Hall
Rochester , MI 48309
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phone: (248) 370-3375
fax: (248) 370-3377

Oakland University
Art and Art History

310 Wilson Hall
Rochester , MI 48309
(location map)
phone: (248) 370-3375
fax: (248) 370-3377

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Student Opportunities

The Department of Art and Art History offers students various opportunities to get involved beyond the classroom. With the help of peers and mentors, students will discover new and creative experiences.


It is important for all art history, studio art and graphic design majors and minors to receive academic advice. Professor Claude Baillargeon (318 Wilson Hall, (248) 370-3388, is the chief academic adviser. He will help you to understand the intricacies of fulfilling university, college and departmental requirements. Students should review their progress with Professor Baillargeon at least once a year.

Art history, studio art and graphic design majors and minors should make an appointment with the AAH adviser at the same time as their CAS graduation audit to review their departmental records. For problems outside the majors or minors, we recommend you see an adviser in the College of Arts and Sciences Advising Office. 

  • Art History: Susan Wood,, (248)370-3378
  • Graphic Design: Maria Smith Bohannon,, (248) 370-2577
  • K-12 Art Education Program: Bruce Charlesworth (321 Wilson Hall, (248) 370-4587 or For advising on the education courses within the program, contact Linda Tyson in the School of Education and Human Services (470 Pawley Hall, (248) 370-3791 or
  • Studio Art: Claude Baillargeon,, (248) 370-3388

The department of Art and Art History supports several scholarships and awards in studio art, graphic design and art history. Please visit the Art and Art History office to obtain application forms for the ones listed below.


Travel Stipend in Art and Art History
The Department of Art and Art History may sponsor one or more art history, graphic design or studio art majors who travel abroad with an official Oakland University group tour under the leadership of a member of the studio art, graphic design or art history faculty. The applicant must be a declared art history, graphic design or studio art major in good standing. Other requirements may vary. The amount of the stipend depends upon available funds. Obtain applications in the Art and Art History Department Office, 310 Wilson Hall.

Travel to Art Museums Grant in Art and Art History
The department supports small grants of $25 to art history, graphic design and studio art majors and minors who travel to art museums as part of their academic study. In order to qualify, the applicant must be a declared art history major, graphic design major, studio art major, art history minor, graphic design minor or studio art minor in good standing, and must have enrolled in classes at Oakland University for two consecutive (fall/winter) semesters. The museum must be located in a city outside a three-hour radius from Oakland University, for example, beyond Detroit, Toledo and Ann Arbor. To apply, the student must complete an application form, describe the collection visited, and submit proof of entry into the museum. Obtain applications in the Art and Art History Department Office, 310 Wilson Hall.


An internship not only provides a real-life experience in the arts, but also provides useful contacts for employment possibilities and recommendations for graduate school.

The department encourages all art history majors to complete AH399 Field Experience in Art History, all studio art majors to complete SA399 Field Experience in Studio Art and all graphic design majors to complete DES399 Internship in Design. 

Students are required to meet Professor John Corso Esquivel, Art and Art History Field Experience Adviser, Professor Bruce Charlesworth, Studio Art Field Experience Adviser, or Professor Maria Smith Bohannon, Graphic Design Field Experience Adviser in the semester before the beginning of the semester in which they wish to intern.

Graphic Design Majors: Propose an Internship for Credit using Oakland University's Handshake.

Additional places to search for internships

You can also check out the Intern In Michigan website for other internship possibilities in Michigan. Through an online matching system they will make connections based on specific internship requirements and your individual interests and skills; you just need to register and answer a few questions.

Resume and Cover Letter Help

How an internship fits into your academic schedule

Internship for Credit Guidelines


  • All internships require a minimum of 150 hours
  • Need instructor permission
  • Plan one semester ahead
  • Must be junior/senior standing

The department encourages:

  • all Art History majors to complete Field Experience in Art History.
  • all Studio Art majors to complete Field Experience in Studio Art.
  • all Graphic Design majors to complete Internship in Design.

An internship not only provides a real life experience in the arts, but also provides useful contacts for employment possibilities and recommendations for graduate school.

Internship for Credit Workflow: In order to ensure a fair and manageable system to deal with internships, the Art and Art History Department of Oakland University has set forth guidelines to serve as minimum requirements for a student to receive internship credit. All internships require a minimum of 150 hours of work.

Field Experience Course Guidelines: The internship should be purposeful, provide opportunities for reflection, present a continual challenge to the student, and incorporate active learning with the student as an active participant.

Contact your AAH Field Experience Adviser to begin the planning process.

Field Report Guidelines

Contact your AAH Field Experience Adviser to obtain a hard copy of this report.

Due: It is expected that the student will turn in a hard copy of the Final Report and Internship Activity Log to the AAH Field Experience Adviser by the last day of classes in which the student has their internship.

If an internship cannot be completed within one semester, this should be discussed with the AAH Field Experience Supervisor before the end of the semester. “P,” or ‘progress’ grades can be assigned for internships that require more than one semester to complete. However, if a student wants to be considered for a “P” grade, a request should be made three weeks prior to the last day of classes with detailed explanation.

Document Structure:

  • 3-5 typed single spaced pages, not including the cover, bibliography or appendix pages
  • Standard margins and paragraphs
  • Times or Times Roman font in black
  • Page Order:
    • Cover, with name, internship supervisor’s name and contact information
    • Table of Contents
    • Bibliography of readings and resources, please include websites where appropriate

Based on Internship Proposal, students are expected to discuss some of the following:

  • Were you personally, academically and professionally prepared for your internship?
  • Were any college courses particularly helpful during the internship?
  • Which courses/experiences do you wish you had prior to the internship?
  • Was the internship useful?
  • Based on your Internship Proposal, did you learn what you expected to learn?
  • Did you like what you were doing?
  • Were there any problems?
  • How was the learning accomplished?
  • How was the communication with your internship supervisor and co-workers?
  • What resources did you use?
  • If you could do your internship over, what specifically would you do differently?
  • In which areas would you like to further your knowledge and skills?
    • Personally?
    • Academically?
    • Professionally?
  • Relate your experiences to the AAH Department Field Experience Objectives.
Internship Guide
  1. Preparing for an internship: Have a current resume and portfolio or writing sample. Visit Career Services for help with resumes and cover letters. Broaden the description of your abilities and emphasize transferable skills that appeal across different jobs. Be sure to note strengths in communication, organization, management and work ethic. When creating your portfolio only include pieces that are your best work and are appropriate to the job you are applying. Your portfolio may have to change depending on the internship. Also, be prepared to talk about your work.
  2. Finding an internship:
    5. Create your own internship and inquire with museums, galleries, advertising agencies and nonprofits.
    6. Network, ask faculty, alumni and professionals in an area you are interested in to offer suggestions.
  3. Taking an internship:Some internships are offered year-round and others are offered during the summer only, so plan accordingly. If taking an internship for credit you must be junior/senior status and have 16 credits in the major, of which 8 must be at a 300-400 level, and need permission of the instructor. You must speak with the adviser the semester before the intended start date to take an internship for credit. Explore internship opportunities even after graduation to help you get your foot in the door and establish a greater network.
  4. Applying for an internship: Be mindful of application deadlines. Ace the interview with interview tips from career services. After the interview, send a thank you note/email and any additional materials that the interviewer requested within 48 hours.
  5. Making the most of your internship: Ask questions. Assume responsibility. Keep records of your experience. Make contacts and network.Stay in touch with your supervisor and contacts after your internship ends.
Student Organizations
Graphic Design Club
Graphix OU is dedicated to the art of graphic design. From book design to signage, branding to websites and everything in-between, Graphix OU is dedicated to both process and craft. Join us to discuss the world of graphic design, create materials for around campus, help each other grow as designers, have fun, socialize and eat free food! For information on upcoming events and opportunities, visit the Graphix OU Facebook page, GrizzOrgs page, or contact adviser Kimmie Parker at .
La Pittura
La Pittura sponsors visiting artists and designers, art history lectures, student exhibitions, informal lunches with professors, and field trips to local art attractions. They also coordinate a variety of special events throughout the year, such as the annual Dada Day exhibit in honor of the French artist Marcel Duchamp. For more information, visit La Pittura’s page on GrizzOrgs, or contact the club president, Hannah Kroesche at, or faculty adviser, Rebecca Bieberly at .
Makers' Club
Here, student artists, designers, engineers, programmers, and makers of all kinds collaborate on numerous projects including robots, interactive games, and kinetic sculptures. We use technologies such as microcontrollers, camera vision, 3-D printing and laser-cutting. All students are welcome. Club projects are showcased at the annual Maker Faire Detroit at The Henry Ford in Dearborn. For more information contact Colleen Ludwig, Associate Professor of New Media, and Dr. Khalid Mirza, director of the Chrysler Robotics Laboratory, Special Instructor in Electrical & Computer Engineering: /