USAO’s art program develops intellectual, philosophical and technical strengths of young artists. Well-versed in tradition yet highly innovative, our art faculty have specifically designed their courses to give students a thorough knowledge base they can draw on in their own creative work.

Combined with our distinctive interdisciplinary core curriculum, USAO’s art department provides students with all the skills necessary for success in the 21st century marketplace.

Art students begin on a Bachelor of Art degree track and may apply to the Bachelor of Fine Arts program after their first year. Available concentrations include painting, sculpture, drawing, printmaking, ceramics, photography, graphic design, computer graphics, expanded media and jewelry.

 Why Major in Art at USAO?

  • Study diverse artistic methods, techniques and media from both contemporary and historical perspectives.
  • Get a thorough knowledge of art history from the ancient world to modern times.
  • Participate in frequent exhibitions and other events on campus.
  • Organize student-led exhibitions
  • Interdisciplinary core courses provide students with the skills needed for the job market.
  • Small classes: expect an atmosphere where your professors know your name.
  • Learn from a diverse group of instructors.
  • Prepare for a variety of career and graduate school opportunities.
  • Explore, research and develop a personal vision.
  • Students can choose from 14 different concentrations: Drawing, Design, Figure, Printmaking, Painting, Sculpture, Ceramics, Jewelry/Metals, Expanded Media, Photography, Graphic Design, Graphics, Computer Graphics, Illustration.

Career Possibilities

  • Professional artist
  • Curator
  • Museum/gallery
  • Graphic design
  • Photography
  • Animation
  • Illustration
  • Art Teacher
  • Art Historian
  • Print Maker

Teacher Certification in Art

USAO’s art teacher certification program prepares students to teach art from pre-kindergarten through 12th grade. The coursework combines the bachelor’s degree in art with the professional education core required in all of our teacher preparation programs.

The teacher certification program provides students with superior instruction in artistic techniques, theory, and history while also giving them a solid foundation in how to pass on this knowledge in a public school school setting.

All requirements for teacher certification programs are subject to change if new requirements are established by the Oklahoma State Board of Education, the Oklahoma State Regents for Higher Education or the Office of Educational Quality and Accountability​ (OEQA).

Why Pursue a Teacher Certification in Art at USAO?

  • Highly-qualified faculty.
  • Broadly based interdisciplinary curriculum prepares effective educators.
  • Real-world experience working with children in a classroom setting.
  • Develop exceptional skills in research and analysis.
  • Pursue original research with opportunities to present and publish.
  • Small classes: expect an atmosphere where your professors know your name.

Degree Checksheets

Bachelor of Art Degree Checksheet

Bachelor of Fine Arts Degree Checksheet

Art with Teacher Certification Degree Checksheet

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