Studio Art Major

Bachelor of Arts Degree

Program Overview

The Art Department at ORU recognizes art is an expression of an individual's beliefs and endeavors to nurture each student's creativity, ability and call to be a Christian artist. Students receive a firm foundation blending creative experiences with a critical knowledge of art past and present. Students selecting the studio arts program study under a faculty composed of professional working artists with numerous works of art on exhibit nationwide. The studio art major offers training in four disciplines--painting, ceramics, sculpture and printmaking. Students may adapt the major to help prepare them for an alternative teaching certification.

The painting courses explore traditional to contemporary styles of painting. Students focus on the development of imaginative resources and process through different media as well as explore the aesthetics of both abstraction and observation. 

"Majoring in studio art at ORU has been one of the best experiences of my life, challenging and encouraging me. The professors care more than any I have ever known. The classes and assignments continually force me not only to be a better artist but also to further define my faith and express that definition through my artwork."

Racheal Long

Student: Racheal
Studio Art
Hometown: Tulsa, OK

The ceramics program offers students a study of a variety of hand-building techniques. Additional study concentrates on the study of form and the generation of ideas in clay, with an emphasis on the potter's wheel as a tool for the forming of pottery.

Students in the sculpture classes participate in an in-depth study of the design and technical methods of sculpture construction. Emphasizing methods, materials, concepts and artistic style, students develop skills and methods of sculptural formation.

Printmaking develops the student's conceptual and studio skills in media and the processes involved in relief, intaglio, serigraphy and creative printmaking. Printmakers use their skills to generate creative visual art in the printed form.


ORU Art Programs Talent Award Scholarships are renewable for up to four years in amounts ranging from $1,000 to $2,000 per year. Recipients must remain an art education, graphic design or studio art major and maintain a 2.5 GPA. Application Procedure:

  1. Create a digital portfolio with a minimum of ten (10) examples of your best work. Recommended sites for no-cost portfolio hosting include Carbonmade and Behance.
  2. Write a letter stating why you want to major in art at ORU. Please mention any awards or honors you have received.
  3. Send an email to Assistant Professor Jason W. Howell ( with a link to your online portfolio site and your application. Application Deadline is March 1 yearly.

The University’s Quest Whole Person Scholarship is available to all ORU applicants.

ORU offers several scholarships for current students. Please visit Financial Assistance site for more information. Of particular interest to art majors is the Gloria B. Scholarship Fund.

Awards for Outstanding Graduating Senior Art Student of the Year is given in the following areas: art education, graphic design, and studio art.


The school provides student use of facilities for painting, drawing, printmaking, sculpture, ceramics, and digital graphic design.

  • The Douglass Latta Computer lab with a limited number of Apple® computers and peripherals, including scanners, drawing tablets, digital video and SLR cameras and large format color inkjet printers.
  • Three ceramic kilns, glaze room
  • Painting and Drawing studio
  • Art education classroom
  • Etching, relief press and print shop
  • Sculpture shop with welding, casting equipment
  • Teaching Gallery


With a degree in Art, career options include:

  • Art administrator
  • Artist
  • Arts instructor
  • Gallery manager
  • Illustrator
  • Museum worker
  • Photographer
  • Restorer
  • Web designer

What Do You Have To Look Forward To?

Roll up your sleeves and explore color, materials, surfaces, concepts, design, form, composition, methods and artistic style in the course of completing various art projects in a variety of media. Discover your own individual expression as a Christian artist.

Course Offerings Include

  • Fundamentals of Art
  • Art History
  • Ceramics
  • Painting
  • Printmaking
  • Drawing
  • Figure Drawing
  • Graphic Design
  • Illustration
  • Watercolor
  • Digital Photography
  • Web Design
  • Elementary and Secondary Art Methods and Evaluation

Degree Plan


Mr. Nathan Opp
Assistant Professor, Studio Art