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Department of Art and Art History

Wilson Hall, Room 310
371 Wilson Boulevard
Rochester, MI 48309-4486
(location map)
(248) 370-3375
fax: (248) 370-3377

Department of Art and Art History

Wilson Hall, Room 310
371 Wilson Boulevard
Rochester, MI 48309-4486
(location map)
(248) 370-3375
fax: (248) 370-3377

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Studio Art

Art captures the history and culture of civilization, making the personal universal by recording visual perceptions of the world. Our students explore knowledge through technical processes in drawing, painting, photography, and interactive art & technology. We make art as vehicle for expression and visualization. Our articulate students develop critical and analytical transferable skills valuable in all problem-solving fields.

Our majors and non-majors receive thorough technical and aesthetic grounding across all disciplines. Majors in studio art or K-12 art education specialize in drawing, painting, photography, or interactive art & technology. Our graduates have successful careers in many creative art, design, and cultural/information industries.

Writing in Studio Art
Beginning with artists’ statements, writing is an intrinsic part of all art courses. Intermediate assignments involve written reports on content and contemporary relevance of student art, as well as critical theory and analysis. Our senior thesis course includes a written paper about the development, growth and execution of the artwork, investigating the work through the lens of current critical theory and contemporary influences.

K-12 Art Education Certification
Students interested in K-12 art education certification should contact Bruce Charlesworth, art education advisor: Charlesworth@oakland.edu

Gallery Events
All students are required to attend at least one lecture or event at the Oakland University Art Gallery (OUAG) sponsored either by the OUAG or Department of Art and Art History. Check with your instructor for details.

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