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Department of Art

Study art in a community of creative learners.

Prospective Students

The Department of Art offers a comprehensive, rigorous curriculum in Art Education, Art History, and Studio Art and is accredited by the National Association of Schools of Art and Design (NASAD). Our new Graphic Design focus within the BFA degree offers exciting opportunities. Our department is part of the College of the Arts on the dynamic RiverPark Campus in the historic riverfront area. Our students participate in a robust array of courses, exhibitions, workshops and lectures in state-of-the-art facilities. Our unique Visiting Artist and Scholar Residency Program provide residencies to diverse, outstanding studio artists, art historians, art critics, and curators. Our residents lead workshops or teach special courses related to their disciplines, as well as giving public lectures on their work. Our students benefit from the synergy between our faculty, community, resident artists and scholars, and a multitude of performance, visual art, music, and lecture presentations annually offered within the College of the Arts.

Our Vision

Our vision is to become a highly selective and respected learning environment with a reputation of excellence in art, design and scholarship dedicated to creating future generations of cultural leaders. We also aim to contribute to the cultural development and vitality of Columbus; to nurture a community of scholars, artists and educators who will cultivate adaptability, creativity, diversity and imagination.

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Arrange a Customized Tour

We provide tours of our outstanding facilities in close collaboration with enrollment services. Contact the Department of Art at 706-507-8300 if you would like to schedule a department-focused tour, or have general questions.

Incoming Freshman & Transfer Scholarships

We regularly offer an array of competitive scholarships to incoming students including our top award, the Friends of Art: Funding Future Artists Scholarship which awards up to $10,000 for the first year of study. Please be aware of the deadlines and note that the deadlines may change from year to year.

Apply for an Incoming Student Scholarship

Scholarship applications can be completed by visiting our CSU Department of Art Scholarship Application


January 31: Incoming FRESHMEN

March 11: Academic Scholarships - For all CURRENT AND INCOMING Students

February 11: Travel Scholarships Due for all travel/Internships, study abroad, and workshops
FOA Travel Application

April 1: Young Artist in Residence Grant, $3000
Young Artist Grant Application

Please use your CSU provided email address and password to log into the scholarship form.

For more information visit our Scholarships for Incoming Freshmen & Transfer Students page.

Contact Professor Hannah Israel for scholarship application questions.

Prospective Student FAQs

You can request more information from through our Admissions department.

You can apply for admission through our Admissions application page.

See our undergraduate admission and graduate admission pages for any application deadlines.

Only the BFA program requires a portfolio. You receive a link for portfolio submission after acceptance to CSU.

Yes, Graphic Design and Animation are offered as BFA areas of emphases.

You can arrange a tour of the CSU campus by signing up for a campus tour

Contact our Administrative Assistant, Ria Stringfellow, if you would like to schedule a department-focused tour

Yes, please see our Advanced Placement credits page for more information.

Yes, many art students participate in the Honors College

Our Profile at a Glance:

  • Generous scholarships such as the Friends of Art: Funding Future Artists Scholarship
  • Among the finest arts facilities in the United States
  • Visiting Artists and Scholars Residency Program hosts national and international art professionals
  • A regular cycle of outstanding events including exhibitions, lectures, films, and workshops
  • Comprehensive degree offerings in Art, Art Education and Art History
  • Individual studios provided to undergraduate Thesis Exhibition students
  • Smooth transition and scholarship opportunities for transfer students
  • Freshman Learning Communities that accelerate student success
  • Internship opportunities that build experience and leadership skills
  • Small classes with nationally and internationally recognized faculty
  • Advanced Placement (AP) credit offered in selected courses
  • An Honors College supports academic excellence
  • SRACE undergraduate grant opportunities support student research and creative activity
  • Travel scholarships and grants support study abroad and global understanding
  • Certificate opportunities provided in Visual Communication and the Georgia Film Academy

Helpful Information

Our degree, minor and certificate descriptions may be found in the Academic Catalog

View our growing list of Course Descriptions

Art Education

Art History

Studio Art

Visit the CSU Honors College

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