Department of Art and Art History

Wilson Hall, Room 310
371 Wilson Boulevard
Rochester, MI 48309-4486
(location map)
(248) 370-3375
fax: (248) 370-3377

Studio Art

The studio art program is intended for students who are considering careers as professional artists, or in one of the many fields with ties to the arts. Studio art majors can find employment in:

  • commercial and graphic arts
  • advertising
  • computer design
  • photographic studios
  • galleries

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. 

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 (Colleen Ludwig,

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

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.

Senior Thesis

To complete the degree in Studio Art, students present a substantial, original body of art work in the Oakland University Gallery, a professional and highly acclaimed exhibition venue.

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.