The Art Program at SOU focuses on collaboration, research, and experimentation in order to prepare our students to thrive as creative professionals. With exceptional studio facilities and equipment, students have plenty of room to work on conceptual ideas using tangible mediums. The 66,000 square foot Center for the Visual Arts complex contains studios for Painting, Drawing, Printmaking, Photography, Ceramics, Sculpture, and Digital mediums as well as spaces for interdisciplinary projects, and individual student studios.

Partnering with the Schneider Museum of Art, visiting artists challenge our students to think critically about their work, and provide great networking opportunities and a look into the professional art community. Award-winning faculty provide instruction and mentorship in small classes.

The Art Program shares space with Emerging Media & Digital arts and with Creative Writing, together making up the Creative Arts department. Creative Arts, Music, and Theater make up the Oregon Center for the Arts. Collaboration opportunities with the other creative departments abound through the student-led annual Fringe festival, and the faculty-led New York City Spring Break trip.


 SOU Art Degree Options:

See Details about the SOU Art BA BS Degree

Art, BA/BS
The BA/BS in Art is a studio-intensive program emphasizing mentorship and collaboration within a cohort of engaging students and faculty. The Art curriculum is built around student-centered goals; faculty is committed to trusting the students to follow their passion, trust in their own passion and follow through to completion.



See Details about the SOU Art BFA Degree

Art, BFA
Intensive instruction. Cohort experience. The BFA in Art is an application-based program for students seeking a professional career in the arts. Place yourself in the world of contemporary art practices while developing a cohesive body of work that culminates in a solo exhibition and a written thesis. Work with a cohort of engaged peers under the mentorship of professional artists and scholars.



See Details Art Minor Degree at SOU

Art Minor
The Art Minor is designed for those students passionate about art, but wish to apply their creative knowledge to another discipline, profession or industry. The skills you learn from art contain the ability to transcend diverse disciplines, to create a niche that your interests can fill.



See Details Art History Minor at SOU

Art History Minor
The Art History Minor gives students the opportunity to develop their interest in art history and theory. Explore and analyze art and creativity from a variety of perspectives through its history. Learn to think outside the box, to analyze art history from an in innovative and expansive lense of thinking.