College of Fine Arts and Design


Foundation Coursework | Art Education | Global Art and Visual Culture | Studio Art | Additional Course Offerings

The UCO Department of Art offers three Bachelor degree programs: Bachelor of Arts Education (B.A.Ed) in Art Education, Bachelor of Arts (B.A.) in Global Art and Visual Culture, and Bachelor of Fine Art (B.F.A.) Studio Art. Many of our graduates are accepted into prestigious graduate programs across the United States, or have become art educators, historians and professional studio artists.

Foundation Coursework

The Art core curriculum is a comprehensive foundation program for all art programs. The core is comprised of five fundamental studio courses, three Global Art and Visual culture courses, and a sophomore capstone course for each area program.

Fundamental Studio Courses (5) Global Art and Visual Culture Courses (3) Capstone Course (per program)
Beginning Drawing I Global Art and Visual Culture I Art Education - Introduction to Art Education
Beginning Drawing II Figure and Anatomy Global Art and Visual Culture II Studio Art - Foundation Seminar
2-D Fundamentals Contemporary Art and Visual Culture
3-D Fundamentals  

The required foundation courses introduce students to the investigation of visual art practices and theories. These courses prepare students for the study of art by providing an intellectual framework that supports all the degree programs. Students are exposed to a wide range of media and processes where they are able to explore the vocabulary of the visual language in 2-dimensional and 3-dimensional projects.

Students in the Studio Art program may then choose to focus in six areas of advanced study.

  • Ceramics
  • Jewelry/Metalsmithing
  • Sculpture
  • Painting
  • New Media
  • Drawing/Printmaking

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Art Education (B.A. Ed.)

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The Art Education program at the University of Central Oklahoma offers students a curriculum leading to certification for teaching art in (K-12) public school systems. The Art Education classes are grounded in the foundation arts and supported by focus in a variety of studio disciplines and the study of art history concepts. Additional coursework in Art and professional education practices and experience in the field make this program one of the most comprehensive and respected teacher education programs in the region. Students are prepared to move directly into teaching positions, not only in academics, but also in community and art related organizations. The Art Education program currently has a 100% placement rate for its graduates.

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Global Art and Visual Culture (B.A.)

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As a part of a metropolitan university, Global Art and Visual Culture prepares students for interaction within the increasingly global community due to its emphasis on global art historical competence and rigorous research and writing skills. The program is unique due to its transnational and global focus of both Western and non-Western art historical traditions. The term “global” does not simply refer to the global world in its physical sense, but to a transcultural perspective of art historical inquiry. The students examine art and visual culture not only as an expression of diverse societal values, but also as a result of shifting frontiers within the global order. Thus, students are able to recognize that local visual practices are often a result of negotiations between multiple cultural centers of production.

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Studio Art

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The BFA program emphasizes dedicated studio work and the advanced use of a variety of media. Students examine prevailing social, cultural and personal interest that are reflected in the energy and contemporary nature of their work. Students' art is a manifestation of their individual identity and conceptual research.  Taken in combination with lectures and seminars in Global Arts and Visual Culture a link to both historical cultures and contemporary means of expression is emphasized. Below are the areas of study.

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Ceramics | Jewelry/Metalsmithing | Sculpture | Painting | New Media | Drawing

Area 1: Ceramics

The mission of the ceramics program is to support students in the skill-based, intellectual and personal development necessary for professional artists. Undergraduate courses in ceramics include hand building and wheel throwing, clay and glaze chemistry as well as individual research.

The curriculum addresses the importance of technical information and skill, and requires rigorous ideation and critique processes through which students train to articulate their visual conceptual language.

The ceramic facilities accommodate all aspects of the ceramic processes.

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Area 2: Jewelry/Metalsmithing

The Jewelry/Metalsmithing program at UCO is one of only two programs in the state of Oklahoma. Students learn basic jewelry and metalsmithing techniques as well as more advanced techniques that included casting, die forming, silversmithing, color applications with enameling, chemical patination electroplating, and etching.  Our program prepares students for careers as studio artists as well as admission to graduate schools.

The visiting artist program offers workshops and artist lectures for students each semester.  Past artists include:

  • Mary Donald, Jewelry, Fall 2011
  • Helen Shirk, Color on Metal, Spring 2011
  • Jesse Mathes, Textile Technique in Metals, Fall 2010
  • David Huang, Metalsmithing, Chasing & Repousee, Spring 2010
  • Sarah Perkins, Enameling, Fall 2009
  • Andy Cooperman, Imaginative Captures, SNAG workshop grant, 2006
  • Arline Fisch, Textile Techniques in Metal, 2005

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Area 3: Sculpture

The Sculpture program at UCO is a comprehensive program that encourages students to investigate historical and contemporary issues, traditional and alternative materials and processes fused with personal expression. Students learn woodworking, metal fabrication and forming, mixed media, site specific sculptures and mold making. Jewelry and Metalsmithing and Ceramics can be incorporated into this area for a uniquely designed emphasis.

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Area 4: Painting

Painting has traditionally been defined as wet paint on a flat surface, but this definition continues to evolve to include a variety of experimental media and techniques.  At the introductory level the painting program works to install a strong foundation in the history and techniques of traditional painting methods. Upper level coursework advocates the personal exploration of non-traditional methodologies and imagery as the students advance. Studio work is supplemented with contemporary theoretical readings, research assignments and art historical lectures relevant to each class's development.

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Area 5: New Media

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Area 6: Drawing

The development of the drawing student begins as a traditional approach and progresses as the student is introduced to conceptual problem solving with regard to contemporary drawing issues related to the figure, landscape, still life and the question of abstraction/non-objective are explored. Critical thinking and discussions are a crucial component the student's development in drawing.

Printmaking courses fill the student's needs for art electives and courses that expand the 2D vocabulary.  Course offerings include; Digital Printmaking, Etching, Relief printmaking and Serigraphy. 

Our Printmaking studio is well equipped.

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Additional Course Offerings

Printmaking courses are offered to fill the student's needs for art electives. Course offerings include, Digital Printmaking, Etching, Relief Printmaking and Serigraphy.

Web Courses 

Our art program at the University of Central Oklahoma is unique in offering our students flexible scheduling and location with web-based courses such as West African Art, Art by Women, Methods of Teaching, Art History and Criticism of Art for more information contact Charleen Weidell in Art History at

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