Think Critically, Communicate Clearly, Work Creatively
At the University of Oregon, you will study an excellent, innovative art curriculum while receiving a rich liberal arts education. The breadth of knowledge and understanding available at a research university supports the work you make in the studio and prepares you to be an engaged, informed, and critical citizen.
As an art student, you will have the opportunity to explore a broad range of contemporary art practices. We want you to develop hands-on technical skills and material processes as well as a conceptual and critical understanding of your creative work.
BA and BS Degrees
Two different majors—Art and Art & Technology—are offered at the bachelor's degree (BA or BS) level.
Our art degrees involve intensive and wide-ranging work in studio art. You will be challenged to build your technical and conceptual understanding as well as to think for yourself to cultivate unique and individual approaches. Tailor your education by pursuing advanced coursework in the areas that most interest you.
The bachelor of fine arts (BFA), which is a professional baccalaureate degree, requires intensive studio work. For the BFA degrees, students choose to focus on one of eight media areas, including:
Two minors—Art and Multimedia—are offered.
BFA exhibitions mark the culmination of years of rigorous studio investigation and critical discourse. Artists engage a wide breadth of art making practices that build on and challenge the histories of painting, sculpture, photography, print media, craft and digital practices.
Courses Open to Nonmajors
We invite you to explore your interest in art. All art courses are open to nonmajors as long as you have satisfied the prerequisites. These are just a few of the courses you can try as a nonmajor:
ART 199 Studio, credits vary. Studio offerings intended for non majors; examples include Book Arts, Ceramics, Papermaking, and Photography.
ART 101 Understanding Contemporary Media, 4 credits. Survey of contemporary art and creative practice with guest lectures by art faculty.
ART 111 Artists' Experience, 4 credits. Surveys of contemporary art and creative practice with guest lectures by art faculty.
ART 115 Surface, Space, and Time (Core Studio), 4 credits. Introduces students to visual literacy and artistic production. Also applies to the major requirements.
ART 233 Drawing I (Core Studio), 4 credits. Learn observational drawing skills as a means of perceiving and representing the world around you. Also applies to the major requirements.
ARTD 250, 251, and 252 Introductory courses in Art & Technology, 4 credits each. Courses focus on print media, time-based media, and interactivity, respectively.
Let Us Show You Around
We offer tours throughout the academic year.
Natalie Ball (BA Art, Ethnic Studies ’05) began painting as an undergraduate at the College of Design. Now a multidisciplinary installation artist, Ball has gone on to exhibit her work from New York to Montreal to Los Angeles while winning awards and residencies such as the 2019 Golden Spot residency at Crow’s Shadow Institute of the Arts. Artsy named her one of 20 female artists pushing sculpture forward.
Enrich Your Academic Experience
There are a variety of opportunities for majors in the Art Department to apply for financial assistance. These opportunities range in scope from support for tuition and supplies to travel or merit awards.
National Association of Schools of Art and Design (NASAD)
The Northwest Commission on Colleges and Universities (NWCCU)
The University of Oregon is a member of the Association of American Universities (AAU), an organization made up of more than 60 leading public and private research institutions in the United States and Canada.