Art Schools in Ohio with Degree Program Descriptions

There are more than 90 schools within Ohio that have art programs. Read an overview 10 of the largest schools' programs, requirements and tuition information and find out which school is the right one for you.

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Prospective students in Ohio looking to enroll in degree programs in studio art, art history, art education and other programs related to the visual arts have many school options. Various community colleges and universities offer associate, bachelor's and master's degree programs. A doctoral degree in art history is also available. Read descriptions for 10 of the largest schools with art programs in Ohio and weigh the details, including undergraduate tuition and location, in the school comparison table, which includes a few of the many degree options available at these schools.


Bowling Green State University

Bowling Green State University (BGSU) in Bowling Green offers undergraduate and graduate degree programs in studio arts and art history through its School of Art. Students in the Bachelor of Fine Arts (BFA) program at BGSU can choose to concentrate in art education, art history, digital arts, graphic design, 2D studies or 3D studies. A Bachelor of Arts program in art history is also available.

At the graduate level, students can pursue a Master of Arts in Art History or an MFA with specializations in digital arts, 3D studies and 2D studies. The school's facilities include a woodshop, computer labs and 3 galleries.

Cuyahoga Community College

Located in Cleveland, Cuyahoga Community College, or Tri-C, offers a variety of certificate and associate degree programs in the creative arts, including Associate of Arts (A.A.) programs. Students in the A.A. degree program in art can transfer credits to 4-year degree programs.

Kent State University

Kent State University in Kent offers visual arts degree programs at the bachelor's and master's degree levels through the College of Arts. The college has 4 schools in theater and dance, music, fashion and art. Undergraduate degree programs in studio arts include Bachelor of Arts and BFA programs. The BFA program offers specializations in printmaking, drawing, painting, interdisciplinary arts and sculpture. Minor programs in crafts are also available, with concentration options that include jewelry and metals, ceramics, glass and textile arts.

Graduate-level programs in crafts are available as well, which lead to a Master of Arts or MFA degree. In addition to the concentrations offered at the undergraduate level, graduate students can pursue a concentration in enameling. Kent State also offers M.A. and MFA programs in fine arts, with the option to pursue printmaking, drawing, painting and sculpture as areas of focus. Graduate students work in private studios.

Ohio State University

Located in Columbus, Ohio State University (OSU) is a large state university that offers programs in the visual arts and art history, as well as programs in related fields like art education, arts administration and graphic design. Undergraduate art students can choose from B.A. or BFA in Art programs, each of which has several concentration options. The B.A. program is a liberal arts degree program intended for students who seek an in-depth exploration of art and wish to pursue art-related careers. The BFA option is designed for those who wish to pursue careers as professional artists and offers 7 concentrations.

The nationally ranked MFA in Art program at OSU also offers concentrations in art and technology, ceramics, glass, painting and drawing, photography, printmaking and sculpture. U.S. News and World Report ranked the MFA program in ceramics #4 in 2012, and the department has other highly ranked art programs. The art department frequently hosts lectures and exhibitions, including student and faculty exhibitions. Facilities include gallery spaces, like the Urban Arts Space in downtown Columbus, the Hopkins Hall Gallery and the Swing Space Gallery. OSU's Department of History of Art also offers undergraduate and graduate programs.

Ohio University

Ohio University in Athens offers visual arts and art history degree programs at the bachelor's and master's degree levels. This rural campus is home to its own art gallery, wood shop, letter-press printing lab, foundry, ceramics kilns, aesthetics technology lab and fine arts library. Undergraduates can pursue Bachelor of Arts degrees in art or art history or a BFA program in one of 5 concentrations. Concentration options include painting/drawing, printmaking and photography/integrated media.

At the graduate level, students can pursue a Master of Arts in Art History or an MFA program with 6 possible areas of focus: ceramics, graphic design, painting/drawing, photography/integrated media, printmaking and sculpture.

Sinclair Community College

Dayton is home to Sinclair Community College, where students interested in visual art may enroll in certificate and associate degree programs. Short-term certificate programs are available in basic drawing and photographic technology. The Associate of Art in Art program is designed as general preparation for transfer to a baccalaureate art degree program at a 4-year college or university. This program includes courses in art history, 2D art and 3D art, as well as a fine arts internship.

University of Akron

The University of Akron, in the city of Akron, offers undergraduate degree programs in visual art. The Bachelor of Fine Arts and Bachelor of Arts programs in studio arts aim to provide students with opportunities to work with practicing artists and exhibit their own work. BFA students can choose from concentrations in painting and drawing, graphic design, ceramics, printmaking, metalsmithing, photography and sculpture. Bachelor's degree programs are also available in art history and art education. At the graduate level, students can pursue an M.A. in Arts Administration.

University of Cincinnati

The University of Cincinnati (UC), near downtown Cincinnati, provides a variety of options for students looking to pursue studies in art education, art history or studio art. Within its College of Design, Architecture, Art and Planning, studio artists can enroll in BFA or MFA programs. BFA students take courses in 8 studio art disciplines, and MFA students can choose from a variety of concentrations in 2D, 3D or media studies (e.g., photography and electronic art). Studio facilities in the college support work in computer graphics, 3D printing and photography. Metal, wood, plastics and ceramics workshops are also available. Certificate program options in the college's School of Art include museum studies, critical theory and art education. Degree options in art history and art education are available at the undergraduate and graduate levels.

University of Toledo

The University of Toledo is about 3.5 miles from downtown Toledo, a city close to the northern border of Ohio. The Department of Art in the College of Visual and Performing Arts offers undergraduate programs in art education, art history and studio arts. Students can pursue Bachelor of Arts programs in visual arts and new media design practices. The broad-based visual arts program is centered on liberal arts courses as well as studies in various art media and art history. The new media design practices program focuses on digital arts and includes an internship. Students in the BFA in Studio Arts program, an intensive program preparing graduates for careers as professional artists, can choose from concentrations in 2D, 3D or media studies.

The bachelor's degree program in art education includes coursework in the liberal arts and art education as well as studio arts and art history. The university also offers a Master of Education in Art Education. Students pursuing the bachelor's degree in art history have access to resources provided through a partnership with the Toledo Museum of Art, including research facilities, collections and exhibitions. This program offers a concentration in art museum practices.

Wright State University

Art students at Wright State University (WSU) in Dayton can pursue a variety of undergraduate programs in studio arts and art history. Studio arts options include Bachelor of Arts and BFA programs. Students pursuing the B.A. program receive a liberal arts education with a focus in the arts. The BFA program, for students with the goal of becoming professional artists, offers concentrations in painting, printmaking, photography or sculpture. Additional BFA program options include a program with an art education component and programs that include a certificate in either graphic or interior design from nearby Sinclair Community College.

The Department of Art and Art History offers internship and scholarship opportunities, dedicated facilities for each medium and a gallery. A bachelor's degree program in art history is also available.

School Comparison: At a Glance

School Name School Type & Setting Art Degrees Offered Undergraduate Tuition & Fees (2015-2016)
Bowling Green State University 4-year, public; rural, fringe Bachelor of Art in Art History,
Bachelor of Fine Art in Studio Art,
Master of Art in Art History,
Master of Fine Art in Studio Art
$10,796 in-state,
$18,332 out-of-state (undergraduate); $8,996 in-state, $14,648 out-of-state (graduate)*
Cuyahoga State Community College 2-year, public; large city of Arts in Art $3,136 in-district,
$3,953 in-state,
$7,648 out-of-state*
Kent State University 4-year, public; large suburb Bachelor of Arts,
Bachelor of Fine Arts,
Master of Arts
Master of Fine Arts
$10,012 in-state,
$18,212 out-of-state (undergraduate); $10,864 in-state, $18,380 out-of-state (graduate)*
Ohio State University 4-year, public; large city Bachelor of Arts in Art,
Bachelor of Fine Arts in Studio Art,
Master of Fine Arts in Studio Art,
Doctor of Philosophy in Art History
$10,037 in-state,
$27,365 out-of-state (undergraduate); $12,245 in-state, $31,897 out-of-state (graduate)*
Ohio University 4-year, public; rural, fringe Bachelor of Arts in Art,
Bachelor of Arts in Art History,
Bachelor of Fine Arts in Studio Art,
Master of Art in Art History,
Master of Fine Arts in Studio Art
$11,548 in-state,
$20,512 out-of-state (undergraduate); $9,510 in-state, $17,502 out-of-state (graduate)*
Sinclair Community College 2-year, public; mid-size city Associate of Art in Art $2,476 in-district,
$3,604 in-state,
$6,868 out-of-state*
University of Akron 4-year, public; mid-size city Bachelor of Fine Arts in Art,
Bachelor of Arts in Studio Art,
Bachelor of Arts in Art Education,
Bachelor of Arts in Art History,
Master of Arts in Arts Administration
$10,509 in-state,
$19,040 out-of-state (undergraduate); $9,315 in-state, $14,821 out-of-state (graduate)*
University of Cincinnati 4-year, public; large city Bachelor of Fine Arts,
Master of Fine Arts,
Bachelor of Art in Art History,
Master of Art in Art History
$11,000 in-state,
$26,334 out-of-state (undergraduate); $14,821 in-state, $26,210 out-of-state (graduate)*
University of Toledo 4-year, public; large city Bachelor of Arts in Visual Arts,
Bachelor of Arts in New Media Design Practices,
Bachelor of Fine Arts in Studio Art,
Bachelor of Arts in Art History,
Bachelor of Arts in Art Education,
Master of Education in Art Education
$9,547 in-state,
$18,885 out-of-state (undergraduate); $14,721 in-state, $25,057 out-of-state (graduate)*
Wright State University 4-year, public; large suburb Bachelor of Arts in Art History,
Bachelor of Arts in Studio Art,
Bachelor of Fine Arts in Art
$8,730 in-state,
$17,098 out-of-state*

Source: *NCES College Navigator.

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