photos displayed along the walls of a 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 program is offered within the studio art division. The flexibility of this program allows students to pursue an interdisciplinary course of study. Students 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 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


Art Walk

7:00 pm to 11:00 pm
Art Studios Varied

Art Market

10:00 am to 6:00 pm
Oberlin Center for Convergence (StudiOC)

Sample Courses

  • ARTS 045 - Visual Concepts and Processes: Introduction to Digital Photography 4 credits
  • ARTS 084 - Visual Concepts and Processes: Digital Painting 4 credits
  • ARTS 096 - Problems in Advanced Media Projects 4 credits
  • ARTS 306 - Art from 1960 4 credits

Visual Art News

Nyquon Watson '18 with his project, Losing

Nyquon Watson ’18 Wins AICUO Grand Award

May 1, 2018
Nyquon Watson ’18 won the Association of Independent Colleges and Universities of Ohio Grand Award for Excellence in the Visual Arts for his project, Losing, which explores emotional evolution through photography, typography, and anaglyph 3D.