Photos are3 displayed along the walls of a spacious, modern photography lab.
One of the photography labs in the art department. Photo credit: Pang Fei Chiang ’19
Program Overview

Visual Art

Program Type: Major
  • Bachelor of Arts (BA)
Department: Art

Oberlin’s visual art major is offered within the art department’s studio art division. Distinct from the studio art and art history majors, the visual art major offers the flexibility to pursue an interdisciplinary course of study. Students in this major might study art or architectural history within a particular social or historical context; urban or environmental studies; critical theory, museum studies; or art conservation. Creative arts projects related to the major might involve dance, theater arts, creative writing or computer music.

Why Study Visual Art at Oberlin?

Variety of Courses
Study Away Programs

Upcoming Visual Art Events

Sample Courses

  • ARTS 047 - Visual Concepts and Processes: Icon Painting 4 credits
  • ARTS 058 - Visual Concepts and Processes: Color Theory 4 credits
  • ARTH 223 - Politics and Protest: Modern Chinese Art 4 credits
  • ARTH 311 - Art History without a License 4 credits

Visual Art News

A girl poses next to her art book

Winter Term: The Art of the Artist Book

September 15, 2020
After spending a month researching artist books and creating a book of her own, Marie Romanelli ’21 is officially hooked on the craft, both as an artist and as a short-form poet.
People wearing mouth and nose masks walk through an art gallery.

The Allen Memorial Art Museum Reopens

September 1, 2020
Late last month, a small group of new Oberlin faculty members stood in a large circle, six feet apart, in the King Sculpture Court of the Allen Memorial Art Museum. The invited group were among the first visitors inside the space since it closed in late March. This month the museum reopens with regular hours to members of the college community.