Art lives here.
The mission of the School of Art at the University of Cincinnati is to prepare students to sustain careers as artists and scholars that will boldly change society for the better. Our students access state-of-the-art fabrication facilities and courses in a broad range of subjects in a world-class research university.
The School of Art provides a student-centered, multi-faceted encounter with the history, practice, and philosophy of the visual arts. It champions equity and inclusion and the role of the visual arts in the greater community. We are committed to the development of fundamental skills and knowledge in studio practice, theory, history, culture, and research coupled with in-depth, advanced studies in contemporary practices. We are housed within the renowned College of Design, Architecture, Art, and Planning widely known for a unique learning experience where experiential learning, cooperative education and an exhilaration for dynamic practice and research ensures that academic study will have a transformative effect on the lives of our students. Fine Art undergraduate students engage in 3-semesters of experiential learning or co-operative education.
Rather than requiring students to declare a studio concentration, we offer a cross-media curriculum that encourages students to focus on the development of their work through contact with internationally recognized faculty and visiting artists. Our School engages with the thriving and growing city of Cincinnati through exhibitions, public artworks and student internships at art institutions, firmly supporting the Urban Pathway of UC’s Next Lives Here strategic direction.
The School of Art offers degrees in:
Studio facilities include:
- Laboratories for wood, metal, ceramics and plastic
- Fully-outfitted photography area with traditional black/white, color, and digital printing facilities
- Lithography, etching, screen printing laboratory
- Computer Graphics Center that offers state-of-the art computers with extensive software libraries
- State-of-the-art Rapid Prototyping Center for 3D printing, computer controlled milling, and laser cutting
- Experimental technology laboratory that houses additional 2D and 3D input and output equipment in an environment that encourages exploration and the development of new processes
The School of Art hosts the Elise Zeller Sauer Fund for Fine Art and the Agnes Croll Blackburne Visiting Artist Lecture Series that enables our students to interact with nationally and internationally recognized artists.
Our students find themselves steeped in a rich academic and creative environment both on and off campus - from signature architectural buildings on campus to an active and growing art scene with international programming at the Contemporary Art Center, the Cincinnati Art Museum, and the Taft Museum of Art. Additionally, Cincinnati boasts an active local art scene with many artist-run spaces with dynamic, challenging programming.
As part of the College of Design, Architecture, Art, and Planning, the School of Art programs are accredited by the National Association of Schools of Arts and Design (NASAD).
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