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Studio Art

Studio art is an academic discipline that embraces both visual communication and the aesthetic expression of an intellectual vision. Studio art majors and non-majors receive thorough technical and aesthetic training in drawing, painting, photography, video and digital media. Majors in studio art or K-12 art education may specialize in drawing, painting, photography or new media.

Writing in Studio Art

Writing is required in all studio art courses. Writing assignments at the 100-300 level may include written reports on content and contemporary relevance of student artwork as well as critical theory and analysis. Writing assignments in SA 491 Senior Thesis in Studio Art consist of a paper on the final body of thesis artwork with regard to its development, growth and execution, especially in terms of its relationship with work done in prior classes. The paper also should investigate the artwork through the lens of current critical theory.

Art Gallery Events
All students enrolled in 200- and 300-level art history and studio art classes are required to attend at least one lecture or event at the Oakland University Art Gallery (OUAG) sponsored either by the OUAG or Department of Art and Art History. Check with your instructor for details.

Displaying Student Artwork
Works by students in studio art classes may be displayed in the public areas of Oakland University, including, but not limited to, the department’s display areas on the first and third floors of Wilson Hall. 

Major requirements
minor requirements

K-12 Art Education Certification

Students interested in K-12 art education certification should contact the art and art history art education adviser for advising as soon as possible (Vagner Whitehead, whitehea@oakland.edu).

    For more information on requirements specific to K-12 art education, see SEHS Art Education.