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Bachelor of Arts in Studio Art

About the B.A. in Studio Art Degree

Cedarville University’s distinctly Christian Bachelor of Arts in studio art degree offers the breadth of a liberal arts education along with a focused body of work in traditional studio disciplines ranging from drawing, painting, printmaking, sculpture, and ceramics. We will prepare you to use your God-given talent and passion to become an excellent, relevant, and God-honoring artist.

This program is also available as a minor.

Why Study Studio Art at Cedarville?

Studio Art Program Highlights

A different kind of art school — With a liberal arts foundation, high academic standards, and a University-wide dedication to thinking deeply and biblically, we are obviously not a typical “art school.” With small class sizes and professional, practicing teaching faculty who individually know and care for our students, we are obviously not your typical “state school,” either. We are intentionally and enthusiastically different.

Gospel focus — As you study studio art, you will work alongside a passionate group of creative believers — fellow students as well as faculty members — who desire to impact the world for Jesus Christ through their calling as artists. The exposure to art and art-making within this creative community will define your materials, refine your craft, and develop your unique artistic voice. And we can’t wait to see what you have to say!

What Can I Do With Studio Art?

Our graduates sculpt and draw, paint and curate, photograph and design. Some are developing large followings through social media and have the online sales to prove it, while others choose to work and sell through more traditional galleries.

Many have gone on to earn advanced degrees, such as art education, art therapy, or the Master of Fine Arts (M.F.A.), and these degrees have opened doors for professional careers. Some work for large firms. Some remain their own boss. And some support their independent work through employment not directly related to their degree, understanding that there is often a direct relationship between sacrifice and success.

The details change, but the common thread remains the same: our graduates pursue the call of the Creator-God on their lives. And what could be better than that?

Opportunities to Learn Outside the Classroom

Student recognition and professional development — Nearby Dayton, Ohio, enjoys a lively contemporary arts scene and several art museums with substantial permanent galleries as well as routine large traveling exhibitions. For the second year in a row, a Cedarville studio art student has been recognized as a recipient of the Dayton Art Institute’s (DAI) Yeck Fellowship — annually awarded to a select few regional college students, and culminating in a museum show at the DAI. In addition to the DAI, we have placed students in internships with other local arts organizations, including the Springfield Art Museum in Springfield, Ohio.

Creative community — You can join a student organization that brings students together from across the department — graphic artists, industrial designers, and theatre majors — to share experiences and knowledge.

  • The Studio, Society of Art + DesignThe STUDIO is a student-led organization promoting community and mentoring among art and design students.
  • American Institute of Graphic Arts (IAGA) — Through AIGA, you will attend annual conferences, listen to multiple speakers in different areas of the country, and participate in various other events that will advance your knowledge of design, its history, and practice.

Student galleries — You will have opportunity to display your work through on-campus events.

  • Student Center Activity Board “Art in the Open” — Cedarville's Student Center Activity Board hosts several student art shows every year known as “Art in the Open.”
  • Annual Art Student Exhibition — The Annual Art Student Exhibition is a juried exhibition featuring work from both graphic design and studio art students.
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Student Gallery

Visit our online gallery and take a look at what our studio art students have created. Then, picture yourself creating at Cedarville University.

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Moving Up in Wall Street Journal Ranking

Cedarville places second nationally for student engagement.

Placement Success

We’re proud of our successful graduates! 94% of 2018 graduates from the Department of Art, Design, and Theatre were employed or in graduate school within six months of graduation. Check out Cedarville's other placement rates.

Miranda and Gina Dyson at Cedarville graduation 2019

Graduation: It's a Family Affair

Studio art majors Gina and Miranda Dyson are both earning bachelor's degrees May 4

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Get answers to some common questions we hear about the studio art major.

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Studio art professors show their works on shelter and belonging at Springfield Museum of Art

Cedarville Annie Lee-Zimerle art exhibit

Cedarville faculty grant funds husband-wife art show

Cedarville professor Annie Lee-Zimerle and her husband, Brian, will show artwork at Wilmington College until March 10.

Program Faculty

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Zac Benson, M.F.A.

Assistant Professor of Studio Art

  • Location AL 107
  • Phone 937-766-3675
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Aaron Gosser, M.F.A.

Associate Professor of Studio Art

  • Location CNG 300
  • Phone 937-766-3747
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Annie Lee-Zimerle, M.F.A.

Associate Professor of Studio Art

  • Location AL 108
  • Phone 937-766-3054
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Studio Art Program Curriculum

Building on your general education liberal arts and Bible minor courses, you will take core art courses — including Painting Foundations, Three-Dimensional Design, and Art History — as well as electives such as Creative Photography, Watercolor, and Graphic Design.

Sample courses:
  • Introduction to Art
  • Printmaking Foundations
View Curriculum Plan and Catalog