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Department of Art, Graphic Design and Art History

Turn your passion into a career.
We’re dedicated to excellence in the education of all forms of art creation, art history and design. We have excellent facilities for painting, drawing, printmaking, ceramics, sculpture, jewelry and small metals, digital photo and video, graphic design, motion design, UI/UX, typography and art history. Through travel abroad, internships and hands-on experience with the OSU Museum of Art and Prairie Arts Center, we provide esthetic and professional preparation for the art world.

Gardiner Gallery of Arts

Art exhibitions have been appearing on the Oklahoma State University campus in various locations since the 1920’s when Doel Reed, the first head of the Art Department was hired. Art exhibitions at OSU found a more formal home in 1959 with the first dedicated gallery space in 312 Whitehurst Hall. Housed in the Bartlett Center for the Visual Arts since 1981, the Gardiner Gallery has remained an integral part of the OSU community and Department of Art. The gallery functions as a critical venue at Oklahoma State University as a teaching environment and place to experience the visual arts. The Gardiner exhibits work by emerging and mid-career artists, produces a yearly suite of student shows, and facilitates inter-departmental programming relating to current exhibitions. 

Student Information

Undergraduate Students

We offer bachelor’s degrees in Art History, Studio Art and Graphic Design.

Graduate Students

We offer an MFA in Graphic Design and an MA in Art History.


We offer several online courses through the Outreach Department.


Studio BFA

This professional degree prepares students for graduate school or the competitive art market. Create your body of studio work in the widest array of disciplines.

Studio BA

Broad-based studio education across the many art disciplines.

Graphic Design BFA

Students work on projects in lettering, typography, layout and design. Cutting edge technologies of digital and traditional media facilitate award winning works in Motion Graphics, Print and Interaction Design.

Art History BA

A rich and balanced liberal arts degree, Art History prepares individuals for a variety of fields including museums, galleries, arts organizations, education and publishing.

Graphic Design MFA  

MFA students work in media including print, motion and interaction design. Providing traditional as well as cutting edge facilities, the curriculum includes a series of rigorous yet flexible industry-oriented courses.

Art History MA 

OSU’s Art History MA provides a unique focus on globalism and intercultural connections. Graduates have gone on to work in the arts, teaching or pursue PhDs.

Graduate Certificate in Museum and Curatorial Studies

The joint program with the History Department, The Graduate Certificate in Museum Studies provides students with hands-on exhibition experiences through coursework and internships. 

Art Minors

The art minor degrees will enhance other major degrees.

Labs, Facilities and Faculty Resources

The Department of Art, Graphic Design and Art History is based in the Bartlett Center, which houses art history classrooms, graphic design labs, computer labs, most studio labs (painting, jewelry/metals, drawing, photography), the Gardiner Gallery of Art and the Visual Resource Center. The Visual Arts Annex supports sculpture, printmaking, ceramics and digital facilities. Students also work with our partners at the Prairie Arts Center and the OSU Museum of Art.
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Faculty and Staff




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