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.

Spring 2016 Schedule

Annual Student Show: February 25-March 25

The annual juried show presents the best of the year’s student art and design work in a single location. Students may submit entries using the Call for Entries Submission Form. For more information, please contact Professor Nathan Opp at nopp@oru.edu.

Epilogue: Spring Senior Show April 11-30

Reception: April 29 from 3-5 pm

The culminating creative research projects for graduating seniors. This semesters Participating Students include Dexter Burnom, Siyana Chekanov, Taylor Graham, Chris Hampton, Mary Kleinhans, and Charis Schneider. For more information, please contact Professor Jiwon Kim at jkim@oru.edu.

Design Technology Requirement

Art Education (ARTE), Graphic Design (GRD) and Studio Art (STA) majors have a Design Technology Requirement, applicable prior to beginning ART 107 Digital Fundamentals. The requirement for Graphic Design majors is 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 and maintain a 2.5 GPA. Application Procedure:

  • 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.
  • Write a letter stating why you want to major in art at ORU. Please mention any awards or honors you have received.
  • Complete the online application with a link to your online portfolio site and your letter. Application Deadline is March 1 yearly.


In recognition of scholarship, artistic ability, leadership, and ORU lifestyle commitment, the art program annually honors outstanding students by the presentation of awards for Outstanding Graduating Senior Art Student of the Year given in the following areas: art education, graphic design, and studio art.

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.