Students who plan to major in art at Oberlin can choose from one of three academic areas: art history, visual art, or studio art.

Art department faculty describe the curricular offerings and what a student might experience as an art major at Oberlin. Video by Zach Christy


Curriculum Overview

Together with the liberal arts instruction at Oberlin, students in the art history, visual art, or studio art programs receive a balanced educational and discipline specific experience. The department has an extensive visiting artists and scholars program that makes possible short- and long-term appointments by internationally acclaimed scholars and visual artists. Off-campus studies are possible in subjects not available at Oberlin.

Our Clarence Ward Art Library supports the curriculum with a collection of more than 100,000 volumes. The department’s faculty includes a balanced number of artists and art historians who are renowned in their field and committed to undergraduate education. Our extensive visiting artists and scholars program makes possible short- and long-term visits by internationally acclaimed scholars and visual artists.

Students interested in advanced study in art consult with their advisors to determine objectives and professional opportunities. Graduates of the our art program have careers in art history, fine arts, museum studies, photography, film, architecture, education, urban studies, web design, and many other fields.