Art

Program Features

Xavier's Bachelor of Arts degree (52 credit hours​) challenges students to create meaningful art that explores contemporary issues. An art degree is of special interest to students who desire to pursue beyond the other liberal arts disciplines and/or licensure for teaching pre-K through 12th grade art. Professional development of our students is promoted inside and outside of the classroom in all of our 11 areas of concentration.

The Bachelor of Fine Arts degree (73 credit hours) differs from the Bachelor of Arts degree by its intensity, structure and required number of studio hours in art. It is a “higher degree” than the B.A. and acknowledges that its recipient had experienced a deeper involvement in art.

Concentrations Offered:
Art Education, Art History, Ceramics, Drawing, Fiber Arts, Graphic Design, Painting, Photography, Pre-Art Therapy, Printmaking and Sculpture

Scholarships Offered:
The McAuley Art Scholarship is awarded through a juried process to incoming first-year students majoring in art with good academic achievement and outstanding artistic talent as exemplified by their high school portfolio. Feb. 1 submission deadline

Curriculum

The sample course sequence below illustrates class offerings for the Art major. Consult the official Xavier University course catalog for detailed registration and advising information.

Fall

  • Art 100: Seminar............ 1cr.
  • Art 101: 2D Design............ 3cr.
  • Art 102: DRAWING............ 3cr.
  • Core 100 or Theology 111............ 3cr.
  • Second Language I............ 3cr.
  • English 101 or English 115............ 3cr.
  • Core 101: GOA............ 0cr.

Spring

  • Art 105: 3D Design............ 3cr.
  • Art Studio elective (100 level) ............ 3cr.
  • Historical Perspective............ 3cr.
  • Core 100 or Theology 111............ 3cr.
  • Second Language II............ 3cr.
  • Core 102: GOA............ 0cr.

Fall

  • Art Studio elective (100 level)............ 3cr.
  • Art Studio elective (100 level)............ 3cr.
  • Art 270: History of Art I............ 3cr.
  • English 205............ 3cr.
  • Philosophy 100............ 3cr.

Spring

  • Art Elective............ 3cr.
  • Art Concentration Elective............ 3cr.
  • Art 271: History of Art II............ 3cr.
  • Philosophy 200 Philosophical Perspectives............ 3cr.
  • Theology 200+ Theological Perspectives............ 3cr.

Fall

  • Art 441: Junior Seminar............ 3cr.
  • Art Concentration Elective............ 3cr.
  • History of Art Elective............ 3cr.
  • Oral Communications Flag ............ 3cr.
  • Natural Science Elective............ 3cr.

Spring

  • Art Concentration Elective............ 3cr.
  • Mathematical Perspectives Elective............ 3cr.
  • DCR Flag Elective............ 3cr.
  • Social Science Elective............ 3cr.
  • Humanities Elective............ 3cr.

Fall

  • Art concentration Elective............ 3cr.
  • E/RS Flag............ 3cr.
  • Quantitative Reasoning Flag............ 3cr.
  • Writing Intensive Flag............ 3cr.
  • General Elective............ 3cr.

Spring

  • Art 490: Senior Concentration............ 6cr.
  • Scientific Perspectives Elective............ 3cr.
  • General Elective............ 3cr.
  • General Elective............ 3cr.
  • Core 499............ 0cr.

Sample Courses

Xavier is known for providing an education that's both challenging and personal. Here are some courses that are part of the Art major at Xavier:

Freshmen Art Seminar (ARTS 100) - The role of art in human life and society is examined through the investigation of historical and contemporary artists’ writings and work. Students are guided in the process of writing formal visual analyses about art as well as personal reflections. Mentoring students\2019 creative initiative, artistic growth and commitment within the department\2019s tracks and for future careers is emphasized.

2D Design (ARTS 101) - Two-Dimensional Design is an introduction to art and design within a two-dimensional context. It is a hands-on class that develops the fundamental design skills to aid the student in any area of emphasis within the Department of Art. This course combines lectures and presentations, demonstrations, discussions, research, videos, and formal class critiques. Grading focuses on process, creativity, formal and technical understanding, and communication. Students learn to identify successful compositional elements and strategies. Projects are seen as exercises and experiments with limited variables and restraints. In-class critiques enable students to strengthen their ideas and become fluent in verbally articulating how they assess a work of art. Projects focus on line, rhythm, shape & rotation, value, and color. Arts Majors/minors only

Drawing I (Arts 102) - This introductory studio course will focus on the interpretation of form based on observation from life using a variety of traditional material including graphite, charcoal and White colored pencil. This class aims to enable the student to understand how to translate three-dimensional form to two-dimensional form. The class will introduce visual measuring, methods for determining shape proportions and linear perspective and tonal strategies (additive and reductive) for composition, volume and narrative effect.

3D Design (Arts 105) - In this studio course, students will learn about the elements and principles of three dimensional design, which will serve as an introduction to the study of three dimensional art forms. Students will be introduced to the basic design elements of form, space, volume, mass, weight, planes and surfaces, line texture, and color.

History of Art I (Arts 270) - A survey of art and architecture from its prehistoric beginnings through the Middle Ages.

Senior Seminar (Arts 441) - A study of the practical aspects and concerns of aspiring artists in the contemporary art scene, including its trends, patterns and venues. Provides graduating students with essential skills and knowledge to function as a practicing artist outside of the college environment. Art majors only, usually in senior year.

Clubs

Xavier Art Society

Art students visit exhibits and organize group art programs like bookbinding, figure drawing and framing. Trips include visits to the Cincinnati Art Museum, the Contemporary Arts Center and the Taft Museum of Art. Field trips are organized outside of Cincinnati to art collections in places such as Louisville, Lexington (KY), Columbus, Cleveland (OH), and Chicago, IL..

In the Loop

Members of the Xavier Art Society help to raise awareness of Arts on campus. Our students brainstorm their ideas, mentor underclassmen, network, promote community and exhibit their art in numerous locations.

All Xavier Clubs

Outcomes

86% of students from Xavier's Art majors are working, volunteering or in graduate school within six months of graduating.

Top Jobs: Designer, marketing manager, artistic fellow, content developer, museum curator/registrar, photographer, art educator, art therapist, art conservationist, jewelry designer

Top Companies: Cincinnati Art Museum, GE Aviation, Boy Scouts of America, Public Communications Inc., American Greetings, Georgia-Pacific, Upshot, Geraci Fine Jewelry Inc., LPK: Global Brand Design & Innovation Agency

Explore Xavier Alumni Outcomes

All for one

Xavier is ranked #1 for its excellent academic reputation among top competitors in the region. Students get the most out of their education, from rigorous classroom studies to experiential learning in the real world.

Studio and Gallery Space

Art students have nearly 24-hour access to individualized studio spaces. Students showcase final pieces and discover other local artists in the Xavier University Art Gallery.


Gallery Details

Internship Opportunities

Students take advantage of for-credit internships and employment opportunities at museums, galleries, magazines, design showrooms, media groups and other businesses.


Community Partners

Study Abroad

The Rome Summer Study Abroad program gives students the opportunity to study in Rome and the Vatican City, with additional travel opportunities to Florence, Assisi and Siena.


Rome Trip

‘A Dream Realized’

This summer, alumnae Angela Franklin saw the culmination of a five-month project, where four separate works of her art — each painstakingly produced here on campus while she served as Xavier’s first Artist in Residence — were installed on the open wall of the Conaton Board Room in Schmidt Hall.

Art Major at Xavier University

Art is an academic major with a long and proud tradition at Xavier University. The Xavier art major offers concentrations in art history, art education, ceramics, drawing, fiber arts, graphic design, painting, pre-art therapy, photography, print making and sculpture. Our faculty work with Xavier students to research and exhibit their artwork at local and national levels. Xavier art students have access to private studio space and more than 100 arts and theatre organizations in Cincinnati.

Xavier University’s College of Arts and Sciences challenges students to develop an integrated understanding of humanity, the world, and God by pursuing the questions raised in Xavier's core and departmental curricula. The College of Arts and Sciences is the oldest and largest college at Xavier University. The college provides an excellent liberal arts education in the Jesuit tradition that prepares students for careers, professional or graduate school, and life in a global society.

Xavier University is a private university located in Cincinnati, Ohio, providing a liberal arts education in the Jesuit Catholic tradition. Founded in 1831, the University is the sixth-oldest Catholic university in the nation. It has been ranked among the top 10 master's-level universities in the Midwest by U.S. News & World Report for the past two decades. The Princeton Review names it one of the "Best 385 Colleges in America."