Department of Art and Art History

Bachelor of Arts or Bachelor of Fine Arts in Art

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Why Choose Art?

Four artists who teach art at Wright State

You can combine a liberal arts education with your art studies and a concentration in studio art in Wright State’s Bachelor of Arts (B.A.) degree program. You can pursue a concentration in painting, photography, printmaking, or sculpture during a more intense and professional program in Wright State’s Bachelor of Fine Arts (B.F.A.) programs.

You will be largely responsible for determining the options that best meet your individual needs and interests because self-expression and self-learning are the ultimate goals of the B.F.A. program.

B.F.A. degrees can be combined with an art education component or allow you to supplement your Fine Arts education with a Graphic Arts certificate from Wright State's Lake Campus. The Graphic Arts Certificate is designed for the art student interested in supplementing the curriculum with graphics-based technology courses. It will increase their knowledge and career potential in a variety of art-related fields. Students will gain hands-on experience through a variety of digital graphics-based software programs. Students may also pursue certificates in graphic design or interior design from Sinclair Community College.

Many graduates of these programs are successful applicants to graduate programs in fine and applied arts and education.

Begin your studies with introductory courses in drawing, 2D and 3D foundations, photography and art history. These courses are designed for the beginning artist and guide your development in the visual arts. You will expand and express your knowledge and grow in self-expression by exploring the processes and language basic to all visual arts. Instead of following a system of independent courses in a given medium or discipline, you will investigate issues and ideas in a variety of visual modes.


Earn your degree from Wright State’s Department of Art and Art History go on to an exciting career in education, commercial art and photography, museum and gallery administration, or fine arts. Successful graduates of our programs have found rewarding careers in many non-art related fields as well. Recent graduates have been accepted into a number of prestigious M.F.A. programs, including those at Boston University, University of Pennsylvania, The School of the Art Institute of Chicago, University of Georgia, The Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Arts, and the University of New Hampshire.

Real-World Experience

You can apply and refine the skills you’ve acquired through coursework in real-world situations at Wright State. Expand your sense of how and where an education in the visual arts can be applied through area arts organizations and internships coordinated through the Department of Art and Art History.

Success Stories

Fine art major Caroline Lawson's artwork has been displayed in the Wright State Stein Galleries, at ArtsGala and the Dayton Visual Arts Center.
Wright State students Matthew Helton, Nanci Payne and Nancy Shuler will have their artwork displayed at the Dayton Art Institute from May 10 through Aug. 19.

Academics and Curriculum

View the Bachelor of Arts in Art and Bachelor of Fine Arts in Art program information, degree requirements, and graduation planning strategy in the Academic Catalog.



Of all the arts, painting possesses one of the longest and richest traditions. The painting area in Wright State’s Department of Art and Art History attempts to draw on the best and most timeless aspects of that tradition. You will work primarily from life in most classes, developing skills and fluency in the language of painting, but you will also be encouraged to experiment with abstract, contemporary, and personal styles in out-of-class and independent work. When you complete your degree, you will have a solid foundation and a unique appreciation for how painting fits into today's art world.


You can perfect your skills in three large, distinct, adjacent spaces designated for beginning, intermediate, and advanced painters. Enjoy overhead lighting control and electrical outlets that allow for the creative flexibility you need. The advanced painting room has a skylight running nearly the width of the room. All three studios are furnished with sturdy easels and rolling metal taborets that allow you an individual workspace for the duration of the course. Adequate space is provided for canvas-stretching and surface preparation. The advanced room is equipped with an electric miter saw for hand construction of stretchers. All three areas maintain sinks and OSHA-approved disposal units for a safe and ecologically-sound painting environment. Still life materials are stored in shared units within the painting area. You and your fellow students will have 24-hour studio access to the studios.


Our photography program offers courses in traditional, digital and alternative photographic processes with an emphasis on creative expression in the fine arts. Your coursework is designed to teach you both photographic practice and theory. You will explore both technical and aesthetic concerns while developing your own artistic vision. Assignments encourage and promote creative thinking while stressing the importance of craft. Course lectures and critiques examine the photographic works within cultural contexts emphasizing historical and contemporary perspective of the medium.


You can advance your photography skills in both darkroom and digital facilities that support your creativity, exploration, education, and community. You will study both traditional and digital technologies to acquire a well-rounded understanding of the medium and actively explore ideas, materials, and techniques.

  • Darkroom Facilities: You will work at one of 18 stations equipped with large format enlargers in our gang darkroom. There is also a separate film processing area with two film loading rooms. As you advance, you can utilize the large format film processing/non-silver space area. There is also a dry area for mounting and matting of prints. A lab monitor is always available during darkroom hours. Intermediate and advanced students have 24-hour access to the lab.
  • Digital Facilities: You will have 24-hour access to a state-of-the-art Mac lab with 20 stations located a short distance from the darkroom. There is also a smaller Mac lab inside the darkroom area dedicated to digital input and output. Each station has its own scanner and archival inkjet printer. The lab is also equipped with a 24-inch archival inkjet printer.
  • Equipment: You will be supplied with much of the equipment required for your classes. You will have access to a variety of equipment, including single lens reflex and 4 x 5 field and monorail film cameras as well as digital single lens reflex cameras, tripods, and lighting equipment.


The goal of the printmaking concentration is to provide you with a broad range of technical and creative tools that will allow you to discover new ways of adding to the printmaking tradition. Printmaking is a medium that comfortably embraces the most traditional as well as contemporary technologies. This openness to innovation invites challenge, exploration, and inventive combinations that continue to expand the parameters of what is possible in image making. Processes include intaglio, lithography, relief, silkscreen, and photomechanical techniques.  Along with gaining technical proficiency, you will learn about artistic self-analysis through group and individual critiques.


The Wright State printmaking program offers you a full range of printmaking disciplines, which include intaglio, relief, lithography, silkscreen, monotype, and collograph. This diversity of equipment and facilities allows you to explore and blend traditional and contemporary print methodologies. You will have 24-hour access to the lab.

The printmaking department area consists of three adjoining studios: lithography, etching/collograph/relief, and silkscreen.

  • The lithography studio has three presses, the largest being a Takach with a 34 x 60 press bed. We have an extensive selection of litho stones that range in size from 9 x 11 to 24 x 36. The facilities also support your study of  photo and aluminum plate lithography.
  • The etching studio offers equipment and supplies for intaglio, relief and collograph processes. You will have access to three etching presses and an adjoining acid room contains the acid baths. A tabletop exposure unit is located in the etching lab for photomechanical processes.
  • The silkscreen studio consists of three large vacuum tables and multiple tables for printing and workspaces. If you are incorporating photographic processes in your work, the screen-printing area has a bordering photomechanical area that contains a large exposure unit along with a washout booth.


Sculpture at Wright State encompasses a broad range of traditional and new approaches. You will be exposed to the openness of the field and encouraged to explore the varied and creative possibilities of the discipline. A series of courses bring together the importance of tradition as the foundation for understanding sculptural form and space. You can grasp exciting opportunities that will arise with the addition of new methods and technologies. Receive a solid preparation in time-honored processes such as modeling, carving, casting, and fabrication, and are introduced to contemporary sculpture practice by way of installation, performance, and digital media. These courses seek to develop an understanding of the relationship between form and content and foster within you the drive and ability to make relevant work.


You can walk from the Creative Arts Center to our sculpture studio building in just a few minutes. The sculpture facilities include a large general space, a dust-free installation space, and wood and metal shops. Their full range of fabrication machinery includes electrical welding and cutting tools, compressed air stations for pneumatic tools, a clay studio with two electric kilns, a slab roller, a clay mixer, an extruder, and a digital media section equipped with computers and projection tools. Outdoor areas adjacent to the studios are available for stone carving and displaying sculptures. A sculpture technician supervises during regular hours and you can enjoy 24/7 access to the studio.


Review the admission requirements and complete the admission application. Identify whether you will be majoring in art.

If you are a current student and wish to change majors, go to the WINGS Express major/minor change request form and change your major.  If you are an undecided/exploratory student, talk to your advisor about majoring in art.


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