School of Art

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Fine Arts - Art

Fine arts involves the creation of objects, sounds and concepts.  Their legitimacy does not lie in their commercial or utilitarian purpose, yet their value frequently turns out to exceed that of other human productions. Fine art inventions stimulate other disciplines, inform our emotional and political lives and make our cities more livable. Fine artists provide original views and interpretations of the world and its inhabitants. By doing so, they give us an appreciation of the character and values of society and culture.

Degree: Bachelor of Fine Arts

Duration: 5.0 Years

Location: West Campus

Contact Information:

College of Design, Architecture, Art, and Planning
College of Design, Architecture, Art & Planning School of Art
DAAP Student Affairs
P.O. Box 210016
Cincinnati, OH 45221-0016
(513) 556-1376

Admission Requirements

Admission criteria for this program vary based on the relative strength of test scores, class rank and GPA. Please see the Freshman Class Profile for this major in the Quick Facts sidebar on this page for the range of academic credentials typically accepted into this program. Portfolio is not a component of the admission application.

Freshman applicants, please visit the Admission Requirements page for more information.

Freshmen applying to this program should also have completed the following college-preparatory subjects:

  • 4 units of English
  • 4 units of math
  • 3 units of science
  • 5 units of electives*

*Elective units must include one or any combination of foreign language, fine arts, business, career-technical education, family and consumer sciences, technology, agricultural education or additional core courses not otherwise required.

High school applicants to fine arts who are not accepted will be considered for admission to pre-art.

Pre-Art: The Pre-Art program provides an alternative means for possible entry into the Fine Arts program. Students do not apply directly to Pre-Art; they are placed in the program on the strength of their application and academic credentials. Pre-Art students take the same curriculum as students in the Fine Arts program. At the end of the first year, they must qualify for admission into the Fine Arts program on the basis of their academic performance and they must successfully pass a portfolio review.

Application Deadlines

Prospective domestic and international students high school students are advised to apply as soon as possible after September 1 of their senior year for assured consideration. Enrollment in the UC College of Design, Architecture, Art, and Planning is controlled, and therefore admission is selective. Admission to fine arts is on a rolling (first-come, first-served) basis; once all the available seats are filled, the program is closed. It is recommended that students apply by December 1 for maximum scholarship consideration.

Students seeking transfer from another college or program at UC or another regionally accredited university or college should also apply early in the academic year for admission consideration the following fall. The priority deadline for transfer students from other academic institutions and from other majors at UC is March 1 for the following fall. International transfer students have a priority deadline of March 1 for the following fall.


Major Map Versions:
Bachelor of Fine Arts 2019


The University of Cincinnati and all regional campuses are accredited by the Higher Learning Commission.

All programs in the School of Art are accredited by the National Association of Schools of Art and Design (NASAD).

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