Department of Art

Why Study Art at The University of Toledo?
Image from video by UT alumna, Erin Morlock, BFA 2010.

"it was the right balance of encouraging and challenging."


 Video credit: Erin Morlock

Alumna, Erin Morlock (BFA 2010), who recently earned her MFA in Photography at the Art Institute of Boston talks about how impactful her UT experiences were in this unsolicited video.

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2019 UT Biodesign Challenge - Congratulations to the Winners

2019 winning UT BioDesign Challenge project, "btilix - A Super Solution for Super Bugs" - team members include: Sherin Aburidi (BIOE), Courtney Kinzel (EEES), Sarah Mattai (EEES), Atyler Saner (ART, BFA) and Timothy Wolf (BIOE).

2019 Special Sustainability Award UT Winning project, "PlastiGrow - Biodegradeable Plastics from Plants" - team members include: Colin Chalmers (ART, BFA), McKenzie Dunwald (ART, BAVA), Michael Socha (BIOE), and Ysabelle Yrad (EEES).

collage of BFA student art works  Collage of BAVA student s and families at exhibition.
Spring 2019 graduates

Congratulations to Valerie White, Rachelle Williams, Lindsee McKenzie, Taylor Carey, Robert Cummerow, Abigail Yensch and Tyler Saner, BFA graduates, and to Mykenya Thompson, Aniya Easterly, McKenzie Dunwald, Josua Jacobs and Emma Scanes, BAVA graduates.

Engaged faculty - MUSEUM ACCESS  - Unique opportunities - Leading-edge labs and studios

art tee shirtFundamental Focus

Art Education, Art History, and Studio Art degrees equip students with skills critical for success as a creator, thinker, maker, teacher, and more.

World-class faculty members bring real-world experiences into the classroom by continuing to pursue their own research and creative work.

Award-winning advisors help students smoothly navigate their degree path.

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Career-Minded experiences

Students learn to market themselves as professionals through hands-on exercises designed to elevate their career opportunities.

Students are encouraged to build their resumes and portfolios by participating in exhibitions and community events and by pursuing internships as undergraduates.

Our engaged faculty members know students and support their career goals even after graduation.

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Unique Offerings

Inventive, meaningful programs encourage students to experiment and collaborate. 

The Department of Art is located on the campus of the Toledo Museum of Art (TMA) in beautiful facilities designed by renowned architect Frank Gehry.

Museum and gallery practices courses allow students to curate and present exhibits in our galleries and at TMA.

Our community partners and collaborators include the Toledo Symphony and the Arts Commission.

Location of opportunities

Strategically located in Northwest Ohio, The University of Toledo’s Department to Art is physically adjacent to the internationally recognized Toledo Museum of Art. Museum exhibitions and programming are right next-door and are a value-added bonus for students in the Department of Art.  Students and their professors make trips to Chicago, Detroit, Columbus, Cleveland, Washington, D.C. and New York. Students are encouraged to take advantage of the many study abroad opportunities available through the University.

Campus of possibilities

The Department of Art campus includes two state of the art buildings which house studio and lecture classrooms, digital labs, photo labs, a newly created large format print center, 3D printers, a laser lab, a complete wood shop and a foundry. Additionally, students are encouraged to use the Gehry courtyard and the sculpture building’s green space for temporary artistic interventions and explorations!

Reliable and portable skill set

When you graduate with an art degree, you haven’t just improved your drawing skills (although that happens too!) you have actually acquired a whole new set of skills that make you a much more versatile job candidate:
• Great communication skills through oral and written presentation experience
• Critical, analytical and divergent thinking ability
• Problem finding as well as problem solving skills
• Increased self-awareness and maturity
• Appreciation for other cultures
• Flexibility and ability to anticipate “next steps”
• Team project experience
• Time and work-flow management skills
• Research skills
• Familiarity with a wide variety of tools and technology from table saws to laser etchers, from traditional wet-based enlargers to large format archival printers

Culture of support and excellence

The University offers a variety of services and programs designed to help you find ways to meet your educational expenses. The Department of Art offers generous scholarships for incoming freshmen who qualify, and, once you have declared Art Education, Art History, or Studio Art as your major, you can apply for even more departmental scholarships throughout your program.

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The UT Department of Art is accredited by the National Association of Schools of Art and Design.


Last Updated: 6/24/19