Fine Arts - Art

BFA

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

The College of Design, Architecture, Art, and Planning at the University of Cincinnati seeks to attract, enroll and graduate academically talented students of varied and diverse backgrounds. Success in our programs is largely dependent upon sound academic preparation. However, in multidisciplinary programs like those in DAAP, students’ insight and perspective are greatly enhanced by exposure to students from different backgrounds, geographies and co-curricular interests. DAAP has designed an admissions review process and a timetable to support these goals.

Admission criteria for this program vary based on the relative strength of test scores, class rank and GPA.

Freshman

Freshman applicants, please visit the Admission Requirements page for more information.

Freshmen applying to this program should also have completed the following college-preparatory subjects:

  • 4 units of English
  • 4 units of math
  • 3 units of science
  • 5 units of electives*

*Elective units must include one or any combination of a foreign language, fine arts, business, career-technical education, family and consumer sciences, technology, agricultural education or additional core courses not otherwise required.

High school applicants to fine arts who are not accepted will be considered for admission to pre-fine arts.

Pre-Fine Arts: The Pre-fine arts program provides an alternative means for possible entry into the fine arts program. Students do not apply directly to pre-fine arts; they are placed in the program on the strength of their application and academic credentials. Pre-fine arts students take the same curriculum as students in the fine arts program. At the end of the first year, they must qualify for admission into the fine arts program on the basis of their academic performance and they must successfully pass a portfolio review.

Fine Arts Optional Portfolio Review

The Fine Arts program is composed of seven studio disciplines: ceramics, drawing, electronic art, painting, photography, printmaking, and sculpture. Students who apply to the University of Cincinnati and include Fine Arts among their program options (first, second, or third choice) will be invited to submit a portfolio for admission consideration if they think that it strengthens their application. The portfolio is not part of The Common Application. After the application is received, an email containing a link and instructions for portfolio submission will be sent. Please note that required application materials will continue through the admissions review process, and it is possible that students will be admitted to the Fine Arts program based on the strength of those materials.

Portfolio Guidelines:

  • Include 12-20 pieces of artwork from the last two years.
  • Include examples of drawing, painting, sculpture, printmaking, photography, and/or work in other media.
  • Include some samples of drawing from observation (instead of from imagination or reproduced from photographs).
  • Emphasize your artistic strengths.
  • May also represent your extracurricular involvement and interests.
People who are successful in the fine arts tend to 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 complete 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 31-credit-hour fine arts minor for students interested in studying fine arts and developing their artistic expression and abilities. The curriculum includes studio coursework in drawing, space, and time. Students must also choose introductory and advanced studio work in various fine arts disciplines including drawing, painting, printmaking, photography, electronic art, ceramics, sculpture, and installation art. 

Students must have a 2.0 GPA to pursue the minor. Admission to the minor is limited. Students can apply by filling out the form available here and submitting it to the DAAP Student Affairs Office, 5470 Aronoff.

All prospective students interested in this program should visit the DAAP website to find more information or contact the DAAP Student Affairs office at 513-556-1376 or daap-admissions@uc.edu. All prospective students are encouraged to visit campus to learn more about their major(s) of interest. To register for a DAAP "College Close-Up" Visit and a "Preview UC" campus tour, please go here.

For more information on DAAP advising, please go here. Current DAAP students can schedule an appointment with their advisors by calling DAAP Student Affairs at 513-556-1376 or by using the Starfish scheduling tool on Blackboard (canopy.uc.edu).

  • The city of Cincinnati, once called the "Queen City of the West" by Henry Wadsworth Longfellow, provides an excellent array of cultural resources for students who intend to pursue a degree in the visual arts. It offers the energy and assets of a larger city, along with quiet neighborhoods steeped in rich traditions. Cincinnati offers live music venues that range from top-notch symphony and opera companies to a growing pop and rock community. Home to the Cincinnati Art Museum, the Taft Museum and the Contemporary Arts Center, the city also enjoys the presence of numerous art galleries and a strong support system among practicing artists. Cincinnati is situated within driving distance of Chicago, Pittsburgh, Atlanta and New York City, allowing DAAP students to take advantage of the rich cultural resources of these cities as well.
  • UC's College of Design, Architecture, Art, and Planning (DAAP) is one of the most comprehensive colleges of its type in the country. A collection of nationally respected design and art programs is housed in a unique and educationally stimulating architectural setting. Architecture students have opportunities to enroll in courses in a range of related disciplines and to participate in interdisciplinary studios or special projects.
  • Students learn creative and technical skills in the studio environment, taught by a passionate faculty who interact with their students on a daily basis. The goal is to guide students as they grow both intellectually and professionally.
  • Other educational opportunities include organized travel semesters, foreign study semesters and student exchange programs in England, Germany and Denmark. Many architecture students also pursue joint degrees and certificate programs within the college and the university.
  • The DAAP college library has an outstanding collection of books, periodicals and visual resources supporting architecture, planning, design, art history and related subjects. Access to library holdings is provided by an automated online catalogue, UCLID, which provides access to the University of Cincinnati Library information database, and through OhioLINK, the holdings of other academic libraries throughout Ohio.
  • The Computer Graphics Center is a state-of-the-art university facility with hardware that includes PCs, Apple computers and peripherals such as scanners, plotters and digital video-editing suites. Students have access to sophisticated graphics equipment and receive hands-on instruction to augment the use of laptops in the classroom. All computing equipment is linked by high-speed Ethernet to facilitate access across the campus.
  • The college supports a Rapid Prototyping Center, which is the home of state-of-the-art equipment that allows students to create communication aids for their design projects. Using CAD (computer-aided design) models, students are able to create physical models using three basic methods: 3-D printing, large format laser-cutting and CNC (computer numeric control) devices, including a Komo CNC Router. This facility is intended for all DAAP students to use in creating large-scale design.

DAAP students learn creative and technical skills in the studio environment, taught by a passionate faculty who interact with their students on a daily basis. The goal is to guide students as they grow both intellectually and professionally. This, along with a broad liberal arts background, prepares DAAP students to practice their art and design in both local and global markets.

Computer Requirements: All undergraduate students in this program are required to purchase a personal laptop computer. Each discipline has its own specific requirements for hardware and software. You can find more information about computer requirements here. Please note that these requirements may be slightly altered as equipment evolves. Therefore, students new to DAAP are encouraged to delay their computer purchase until the summer prior to entering to make the most informed computer purchase. Many of our programs have additional technology requirements for students in the later years of study.

In consultation with faculty advisers, fine arts students determine their own interests and elect creative work in one or more of the program’s disciplines: painting, drawing, printmaking, sculpture, ceramics, photography, electronic art.

In addition, students complete course work in art history and electives in humanities, sciences and social sciences from other colleges in the university. The curriculum is completed with a senior thesis colloquy, which emphasizes professionalism and culminates in an exhibition of the student’s work. Seniors are required to participate in the annual DAAP senior show.

Students must obtain a minimum overall grade point average of 2.0 and, in addition, must have at least a 2.0 grade point average for the senior year to be eligible for graduation. In order to be eligible for graduation with honors, a student must have completed at least 60 semester hours in the college and have earned at least a 3.6 grade point average.

Students seeking to transfer from another regionally accredited university or college must have at least a 2.5 cumulative grade point average in previous college work to be considered for admission. Applicants with prior college-level studio coursework may be asked to submit a portfolio for awarding of advanced standing credit. The application is available here. Transfer students to fine arts are generally admitted to the first year of the program. 

Students seeking to transfer from other colleges and programs at UC must have at least a 2.5 cumulative grade point average in previous college work to be considered for admission. Applicants with prior college-level studio coursework may be asked to submit a portfolio for awarding of advanced standing credit. Transfer students to fine arts are generally admitted to the first year of the program.

Current UC students wishing to transition into a DAAP program should submit an "Application for Change in College and Program" form to the DAAP Student Affairs Office in Room 5470 Aronoff. This form is available here or in the DAAP Student Affairs Office.

Current DAAP students wishing to transition into a different major must submit a "Change of Program" form to the DAAP Student Affairs Office in Room 5470 Aronoff. This form is available here or in the DAAP Student Affairs Office.

Unless an international student meets one of the exemptions listed here, he or she must complete the ACT, SAT, IELTS, TOEFL, or ELS.

Application Deadlines

For prospective high school students, admission to fine arts is on a rolling (first-come, first-served) basis; once all the available seats are filled, the program is closed. It is recommended that students apply by December 1 for maximum scholarship consideration.

The priority deadline for transfer students from other academic institutions and from other majors at UC is March 1 for the following fall.

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


All programs in the School of Art are accredited by the National Association of Schools of Art and Design (NASAD).

Contact Information

DAAP Student Affairs
P.O. Box 210016
Cincinnati, OH 45221-0016
(513) 556-1376
daap-admissions@uc.edu

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Program Code: 23BC-FAA-BFA