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Studio Art: B.A.

You have a way of seeing the world through a different lens and you can’t stop the creativity that flows out of you. You are an artist. With a degree in studio art from Ouachita, you’ll develop your creative and critical thinking skills while refining your artistic expression. Whatever your medium, Ouachita’s studio art program will help you launch your creative career through an exciting education in the arts that pairs a structured, creative environment with a strong, faith-based liberal arts background.

  • Professional Studio Artist

  • Illustrator

  • Art Therapist

  • Museum & Gallery Specialist

  • Art Educator

  • Color Theory




    History of Modern and Contemporary Art

    Photography in Artistic Practices

    Advanced Studio Projects

View the Ouachita catalog for a full course listing with course descriptions.

This flexible degree program allows you to choose courses to suit your interests and the needs of your future career path. Both a major and a minor are available. View the detailed degree requirements PDF to see all courses included in the program.

High school seniors can apply for a portfolio scholarship here!

Learn more about the School of Humanities and the Rosemary Adams Department of Art & Design.



Average Class Size



Contemporary Gallery Spaces



24 Hour Access to Studio Spaces



Professional Guest Exhibits Annually

In their words

hear from a faculty member & student

“Not only did my professors help me to reach higher in expressing my creativity, they also taught me to think beyond the studio classroom setting. The Art & Design department is made up of a group of very enthusiastic and talented professors that collaborate to ignite a passion for art and diligently set us on a path of fine-tuning a lifelong joy of being an artist.”

Jan WhytockJan Whytock
2017 studio art graduate, artist and curator, M.A. Art History and Curation, Liverpool Hope University

Art professor

Learn from working artists invested in your growth

With a low student-to-faculty ratio, your art professors will be more than just teachers – they’ll be mentors and art directors, working closely with you to help you develop as an artist. In fact, every visual art professor has earned the highest degree in their field, and they’re all working artists. They understand the demands you’ll face as a creative professional, and they’re committed to preparing you for success.

Art guest speaker

Make connections and gain insights from across the country

At Ouachita, we don’t think it’s enough just to read about great artists; you need to meet them – and maybe chat over coffee too! We bring guest artists to campus for lectures, exhibits and workshops, so you’ll have face-to-face access to innovative creators. You’ll also connect with Ouachita alumni artists with varied experience, working as muralists, illustrators, animators, museum and gallery exhibit preparation, curation and conservation.

Study abroad

Expand your perspective with travel – near or far

As part of your Ouachita experience, you will explore art & design through a variety of lenses while visiting studios, museums and conferences or joining the OBU Art Club. If you want to go bigger – and see your favorite works in person – jump in with a study abroad program like Ouachita’s 3-week European Study Tour or a full semester of art studies at Liverpool Hope University. – View study abroad opportunities.



don't just read about it

As a studio art major at Ouachita, you’ll find a commitment to hands-on learning in and out of the classroom, from tailoring your electives to your interests to actively participating in preparing guest exhibits for campus. You’ll have access to a digital media lab, ceramics workshop and woodworking facilities as well as studio space to pursue your own creative work. As you explore your interests, ideas and artistic expression, you’ll have opportunities to exhibit your work in one of Ouachita’s beautiful gallery spaces as part of juried art shows and your senior exhibit, the capstone experience of your studies. There, we’ll showcase your unique artistic vision and celebrate your growth as an artist.

School of Performing Arts

The School of Performing Arts is committed to providing you with an outstanding experience in wonderful facilities with cutting-edge instruments and equipment. We strive for a balance between a Christian education and professional education through a challenging atmosphere of creativity and collaboration. We are dedicated to facilitating critical thinking, the creative process and personal expression by developing and maintaining curricular and performance programming which emphasizes the creative process.


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