Why study Fine Arts - Art?

The Fine Arts Program provides students with strong technical and critical thinking skills. Studios are taught by artist-teachers who are active professionals in one or more visual arts disciplines. Faculty provide a dynamic mixture of media, craft, and aesthetic viewpoints that expose students to a lively variety of ideas and attitudes about art. In this context, art students are encouraged to develop their own innovative philosophies and approaches to art, as well as a unique visual language. Studio practice is complemented by art historical and visual studies courses in survey and seminar formats, and by a series of theory-based courses that cover avant-garde forms of expression from Modernism to the present.

Admission Requirements

Students seeking admission to this minor must have at least a 2.5 cumulative grade point average in previous college work. To apply, students should submit the DAAP Undergraduate Application for Certificates and Minor online.

People who are successful in fine arts typically have visual and kinesthetic/tactile learning styles. Fine artists are creative, imaginative and visionary, and possess good hand-motor skills. They learn by doing and relish integrating various elements into a cohesive whole. Fine artists are open-minded and interrogative — questioning everything. They have a passion for creating their art and a heightened intellectual and visual perception. Fine artists provide original views and interpretations of the world and its inhabitants, giving us a greater appreciation of the character and values of society and culture. A sense of humor often enhances their work.

Fine artists express themselves visually using one or several different art forms. For example, they may find employment as photographers, ceramists, model builders, or video animators. If students choose to take the teaching licensure option offered within the School of Art, they can teach elementary and/or secondary school art. With advanced study, they may become college teachers, art restorers, art administrators, or curators for galleries, museums, or exhibition centers.

The School of Art offers a 24-credit-hour fine arts minor for students interested in studying fine arts and developing their artistic expression and abilities. The curriculum includes foundation studio coursework in drawing, 2D, 3D, and 4D. Students must also choose introductory and advanced studio work in various fine arts disciplines including art & technology, ceramics, drawing & painting, photography, printmaking, and sculpture.

Students interested in this minor should work with their major advisors to confirm the compatibility with their major's requirements and course schedules. Questions about the minor should contact DAAP Admissions at daap-admissions@uc.edu or 513-556-1376.

The University of Cincinnati and all regional campuses are accredited by the Higher Learning Commission.

Contact Information

DAAP Student Affairs
PO Box 210016
Cincinnati, OH 45221-0016
(513) 556-1376

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Program Code: 23MIN-FAA-MIN