Bachelor of Fine Arts in
Art Education Specialization


Program Overview

Art Education students balance considerable time developing professional art skills while learning educational theory and practice. This greater emphasis on art disciplines and skills is rare in education degrees in Oklahoma and the United States. In conjunction with the courses offered through the College of Education, the curriculum not only prepares students for certification by the state of Oklahoma in K-12 education or certification testing in other states, if required, but also skills central to professional artistic practice. Do you want you to be a professional? Join us. We can help.

Professional preparation and specialized instruction mean that over 65% of your classes at ORU are dedicated to your major starting the first semester you arrive. Combined with the studio environment, you will spend more time than the average student learning what is essential for success. Through our studio environment, mentorship, portfolio reviews, personalized attention, and internship requirements you can be assured you will experience real-world expectations before you graduate, regardless of what the future holds. Paired with our unique mission to develop Holy Spirit-empowered leaders through Whole Person Education, you can truly set yourself apart as a leader and professional to impact the world, you can graduate feeling ready to take on the that same world.

What can I do with a BFA in ART Education?

Talented and creative graduates can enjoy successful careers, including:  

  • Public/Private School Educator
  • Private Education Business
  • Community Arts Organization
  • Fine Artist
  • Craft Artist

What classes will I take? 

  • Fundamentals of Art
  • Art History
  • Drawing and Figure Drawing
  • Digital Photography
  • Sculpture
  • Ceramics
  • Watercolor
  • Crafts
  • Printmaking
  • Professional Practices
  • Student Teaching
  • Internship


Why does ORU’s BFA in Art Education stand out?

In addition to the intellectual preparation you will receive, the philosophy of Whole Person Education fosters and creates an atmosphere of collaboration, nurtures the imagination and courts the inspiration of the Holy Spirit. By dedicating ourselves to being masters of the divine gifts we have been given, we represent Whole Leaders for the Whole World, especially in the dark and desperate places in our culture.

What about accreditation?

As a university, we meet the accreditation standards set by the Higher Learning Commission (HLC). The program follows the guidelines established by the National Association of Schools of Art and Design (NASAD).

Are there scholarships available?

Nearly 100% of our full-time, undergraduate residential students receive ORU grants and scholarships through academic achievement and through ORU’s premier scholarship opportunity of our Quest Whole Leader Scholarship. The Gloria B. Scholarship Fund is also available to art majors. To learn more about financial aid, click here.

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