Art Bachelor's Degree Overview
The Fine Arts bachelor’s degree program at The University of Toledo is for students who want:
- A more intense studio art experience
- A career as a studio artist
- A track for graduate school
Art students start out in the Visual Arts bachelor’s degree program. They may apply to the Fine Arts program as early as spring semester freshman year.
UToledo fine arts majors refine their art skills but also learn other valuable skills:
- How to think creatively, research and present your ideas
- How to ship artwork and install it in galleries
- How to use the latest printer and digital technologies
You will leave The University of Toledo with many marketable skills that translate into real jobs.
Art Bachelor's Degree Highlights
- A well-rounded art education. Students earning a UToledo bachelor’s degree in fine arts learn the skills important in today’s evolving job market. They learn how to use their heads to critique, write, research and problem solve. They learn how to use their hands by employing tools, computers and digital technology.
- Faculty who is personally invested in you. Fine arts students benefit from faculty members who exhibit all over the world and who use their own evolving research and experiences in class.
- Twice-a-year faculty reviews. No other art schools in the area require faculty reviews for fine arts majors. Reviews are a great way to receive constructive feedback and engage with UToledo faculty and peers. Students are encouraged to develop a portfolio of work and to develop their own artistic voice.
- Access to the nationally recognized Toledo Museum of Art. UToledo’s Department of Art is housed in the four-story UT Center for the Visual Arts on the TMA’s campus. The center was designed by Frank Gehry. Undergraduate art students have access to the Museum's resources.
- Professional experiences. The local community offers plenty of opportunities to expand your portfolio. Art majors have:
- Created wearable sculptures that were presented on the runway in the Toledo Museum of Art’s Glass Pavilion
- Pasted wood-cut murals on downtown Toledo buildings
- Traveled with professors to classes and conferences
- Taught art to local youth at city parks and community centers
- Done internships at places like The Toledo Museum of Art, Bluefin Media and UT’s Department of Art.
- Access to technology old and new. The UT Art Department has the latest tools, including two digital studios, dark rooms, a laser etcher, CNC router and 3D printers. It also has a foundry and wood shop for bronze casting and metal forging.
- Create an art exhibition. Students taking classes in New Media Design Practices can work with art history majors to curate a Toledo Museum of Art exhibition. Students choose artwork from the museum’s collection and design and write all supporting materials, including labels, interpretive text and marketing materials.
- Accredited. The Department of Art in UToledo's School of Visual and Performing Arts is accredited by the National Association of Schools of Art and Design.
- Want to teach art? UT offers two graduate school options.
The University of Toledo prepares graduates in the bachelor of fine arts degree program for wherever their passion leads them.
- Art director
- Art teacher
- Studio artist
- Computer graphic artist
Meet our successful art school graduates:
- Laura Gibson (BFA Drawing/Digital Media)
MS, Biomedical Visualization, University of Illinois; Director of 3D Production at the Department of Scientific Visualization at The Visual MD, New York, NY
- Morgan Hayward (BFA New Media/Photo)
Multimedia Designer for the University of Michigan Medical School Office of Research, former Media Design and Animation Specialist in the creation of full-dome digital animations for the Ritter Planetarium, Toledo, OH
- Courtney Macklin (BFA New Media)
Paper Curatorial Assistant at Toledo Museum of Art
- Ani Avanian, (BFA Drawing/New Media)
Creative Director & Head of UX/UI at Wanderu
- Danielle Rante, (BFA Drawing/Printmaking)
Associate Professor, Wright State University
- Sheree Hovsepian (BFA Photo/Digital Art)
MFA Photo, School of the Art Institute of Chicago; professional artist and art instructor in NYC. Has gallery representation and has spoken at the Metropolitan Museum of Art
- Chad Rimer (BFA Sculpture)
Studio Manager for sculptor Tom Otterness, New York, NY
- Jules Webster (BFA Ceramics)
Entrepreneur, Professional Artist, Owner of the Art Supply Depo, Toledo, OH
Art Bachelor's Degree Curriculum
Fine Arts Bachelor’s Degree Sample Courses
- Fundamentals of Digital Media
- Explorations in Drawing
New Media Design Practices
Digital and Photographic Art