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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.

Degree: BFA

Full-time program duration: 5.0 Years

Location: West Campus

Contact Information:

College of Design, Architecture, Art, and Planning
School of Art
DAAP Student Affairs
P.O. Box 210016
Cincinnati, OH 45221-0016
(513) 556-1376

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 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.


Major Map Versions:
Bachelor of Fine Arts


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).

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