The Department of Art and Art History offers programs leading to the Bachelor of Arts and the Bachelor of Fine Arts degrees, with courses in art education, art history, drawing, painting, photography, printmaking, and sculpture. The B.A. degree is designed for students who wish to combine a liberal education with specific studies in art. The B.F.A. degree is designed for students who want to pursue a more intense professional studio program. The department also offers a minor in art history and B.F.A. degrees that allow students to receive a certificate in graphic design or interior design after completing a series of courses at Sinclair Community College.
Because self-expression and self-learning are the ultimate goals of the program, students are largely responsible for determining the options that best meet their individual needs and interests. Candidates for a degree in art may prepare for graduate study, careers in teaching, or the professional practice of art.
In the studio area, studies begin with introductory courses in drawing, 2D and 3D Foundations and Photography. These courses are designed for the beginning artist and guide the student’s development in the visual arts. The program helps students expand and express their knowledge and grow in self-expression by exploring the processes and language that are basic to all visual arts. Rather than follow a system of independent courses in a given medium or discipline, students investigate issues and ideas in a variety of visual modes.
First-year students are required to submit examples of their work only if they are seeking advanced placement; otherwise, all first-year students in art are admitted to the general curriculum. All candidates for the B.F.A. degree must be represented in the senior exhibition.
Students who wish to teach art in Ohio public schools can pursue the B.F.A. degree in art education. Upon completion of this undergraduate degree program in the College of Liberal Arts, students must complete the Master of Education (M.Ed.) degree through Wright State’s College of Education and Human Services. Graduates of the B.F.A. in art and the M.Ed. Program are eligible to seek licensure from the Ohio Department of Education in Visual Arts Pre-K-12. Requirements for admission to the M.Ed. program include a minimum GPA, C or better grades in all undergraduate content courses, admission testing, and interviews. Throughout their undergraduate work, students should consult regularly with an advisor in the College of Education and Human Services to ensure that they are meeting the requirements of the M.Ed. program.
Program Learning Outcomes:
- Have integrated drawing skills into their aesthetic sensibility.
- Demonstrate an acquaintance with the materials and procedures of four of the studio disciplines taught at Wright State.
- Show appropriate levels of proficiency in several of the studio disciplines
- Have an understanding of the evolution of art history.
- Have integrated the study of original works of art into their artistic practice.
Art History Honors Program
The honors program in the Department of Art and Art History is designed to give students with outstanding academic ability and superior accomplishments in art history the opportunity to complete a program that encourages and recognizes their distinguished efforts. These students may earn an honors degree by completing the departmental major requirements, maintaining a high academic record, and successfully completing a senior honors project. Students are usually admitted to the program during their junior year. Interested students can obtain information on the honors program from the Department of Art and Art History office.