The academic programs in art at MVNU allow students to expand their knowledge and appreciation for the visual arts along with developing their talents to be successful in highly creative and energetic careers. The focus of our program is designed for students who are uniquely expressive and have a desire to further their artistic abilities.
As a visual fine arts you have a variety of directions in majors, minors, and collaborative double majors from which to choose. You can focus on studio art, art education, or art history within the Art Department, or pursue a double major or minor in graphic design offered by the Graphic Design Department.
Other options for minors or double majors with art are psychology -- preparing for art therapy careers, or business -- preparing for a position in the administration of programs in the arts. These interdepartmental collaborations are just one way we equip you for today's art-related careers or for graduate school.
The Visual Arts Education major leads to licensure in teaching grades K12 in Ohio and many other states, and is based upon the National Art Education Association (NAEA) standards. Many of our graduates have gone on to full-time teaching positions.
During your first two years at MVNU in a visual fine arts major, you will complete the foundation program, including courses in studio art and art history. In your final two years, you will focus more intently in a specific concentration, such as painting, sculpture, ceramics, photography, or multimedia.
During your senior year as a visual fine arts major, you will receive personal studio space in the Senior Art Annex building to produce a yearlong senior project in your concentration. During the senior project, you receive one-on-one instruction from professional art faculty and participate in intensive studio group critiques. The senior project then culminates with an exhibition in the MVNU Art Gallery.