The program serves over 60 students, offering degrees in art education, graphic design and studio art, as well as minors in art and graphic design. The school provides student use of facilities for painting, drawing, printmaking, sculpture, ceramics, and digital graphic design. Students receive a combination of tried-and-true techniques with contemporary digital technology to earn an educational experience unique to ORU.


Located in the Library foyer on the third floor of the Learning Resources Center (LRC), The Library Gallery is used for periodic exhibitions of student work.

  • Annual Student Show March 3-31
  • Spring Senior Show April 7-30

Design Technology Requirement

Graphic Design Print (GRP) or Video (GRV) majors have a Design Technology Requirement, applicable after completion of ART 218 Graphic Design I, and necessary for all remaining design courses. For more information, please review the specifications.


  • ORU offers several scholarships for current students. Please visit Financial Assistance site for more information. A scholarship of particular interest to art majors is the Gloria B. Scholarship Fund.  
  • 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, maintain a 2.5 GPA, submit work and participate in two student exhibitions each year. Application Procedure: First, 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. Second, write an application letter stating why you want to major in art at ORU. Please mention any awards or honors you have received. Third, send an email to Assistant Professor Jason W. Howell (jhowell@oru.edu) with a link to your online portfolio site, your Student Identification (Z) Number (if admitted) and your application letter. Final application Deadline is March 1 yearly though applications are accepted early.

Whole Person Assessment

The Whole Person Assessment is a process to evaluate student success. Each major has a unique handbook explaining the necessary steps to complete the assessment. Please visit the Whole Person Assessment site for more information. 

Student Worker Positions

Each year, the art program hires a limited number of student workers to assist with gallery, lab and studio upkeep. For more information on the application process, visit the Career Services site.