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

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

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.