Art degree overview

Bachelor of Arts in Art

Ottawa University’s undergraduate degrees in Art will teach you how to use art as a means of visual communication. You will explore different media and techniques while developing your own talents in drawing, painting, design, sculpture and other varied crafts. Our courses will foster your individual creativity and cultural identity, as well as promote sensitivity, self-exploration, creativity and multicultural awareness as you study the significance of different works of art in various contexts.


An art degree can open the door to careers in:

  • Art education
  • Art history
  • Painting
  • Sculpture
  • Illustration
  • Publishing
  • Advertising
  • Art collection and appraisal
  • Museum management
  • Graphic design
  • Theater, film, or video production

To learn more about earning your Art degree at Ottawa University, contact us today.

For detailed curriculum and more please visit the University Catalog entry for this program.

Art Major Courses

Art Fundamentals | ART 13023
Introduction to the visual arts through careful observation, discussion and analysis students interpret significant works of art. Prerequisite to all upper level art classes.

Art History I | ART 20623
Surveys visual arts from the Paleolithic Era through the European Proto-Renaissance. Practice of formalist and contextualist analysis by interpreting visual art from personal, historic and cultural/global perspectives.

Art History II | ART 20723
Surveys visual arts from the European Renaissance to the Post-Modern Era. Practice of various forms of analysis by interpreting theories, schools, styles, Modernist and Post-Modern approaches.

Drawing & Composition I | ART 22023
Intermediate level drawing course. Covers drawing by observation and instution, expression through a variey of media and study of composition. Preparation of drawing portfolio required.

Design I | ART 23023
Applies basic design concepts such as line, shape and color, acted on by principles such as harmony and contrast. Knowledge of psychology/perception, mechanical drawing and/or commercial art helpful.

Design II | ART 33023
Study of three-dimensional design concepts. Form and space created and acted on by using a variety of media such as paper, wood and clay to produce three-dimensional designs. Spans industrial and environmental design to sculpture in the fine arts tradition.

Art Comprehensive | ART 49024
Preparation of a portfolio(s) and/or exhibition of senior art students' works. Complete major works of art that represent particular focus in art. Secondary Art Methods and Studio Arts majors prepare a resource file and lesson plans, as well as exemplars for teaching art.

Additional Courses for Drawing/Painting/Design Emphasis

Painting I | ART 23523
Intermediate level painting course. Covers painting techniques using traditional media, such as watercolor, oil, tempera and acrylic. Develops expression of ideas, painting skills, studio discipline, and understanding of historic styles.

One of the following, depending on emphasis: 7-12 semester credit hours of advanced studio courses and/or internship.

Additional Courses for Sculpture/Crafts/Design Emphasis

Ceramics I | ART 23723
Introduces working with clay through practice of wheel thrown and hand-building techniques to make vessels and sculpture. Introduces glazing and firing techniques.

Ceramics II | ART 33723
Intermediate level studio pottery course. Maintenance of studio space and production of works as part of a series or sequence as well as exploration of a variety of glazing and firing techniques.

7-12 semester credit hours of advanced studio courses and/or internship.

For detailed curriculum and more please visit the Course Catalog entryfor this program.

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