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Programs in Art & Design

Explore contemporary art practices and legacies of the past to inspire vital new perspectives.

Empowering you to approach art from multiple perspectives and create work rooted in contemporary discourse, our expansive programs investigate the world of visual and art history while exploring concept development, technique, and innovative practices.

Our cross-disciplinary curriculum engages you in art history, digital art, graphic design, painting, photography, and printmaking, encouraging work in various media. UTulsa students can discuss, critique, and cultivate their work by attracting various regional and national artists and scholars to campus while building meaningful networks. We foster a collaborative, creative spirit amongst faculty and peers to help you realize your artistic vision.

12 Average Class Size

100% Placement Rate for UTulsa Art Majors

#1 National Merit Scholars Per Capita

$85K Annual Median Pay for Animators, Graphic Designers

Professional Opportunities

Our dynamic curricular offerings emphasize theoretical grounding, technical mastery, and self-expression. Through our strong partnerships with local museums and galleries, students create advertising campaigns, participate in exhibitions, and pursue rewarding internships. Career opportunities for art graduates are found in exciting and creative areas such as education, arts and cultural institutions, public relations, and advertising. UTulsa’s alumni employers include Nike, the Metropolitan Museum of Art, Victoria’s Secret, Microsoft, Vrbo, Facebook, Comic-Con International, and the U.S. Department of Education.

Job opportunities for art graduates:

  • Graphic design
  • Creative director
  • Web designer
  • Animator
  • Commercial photographer

Job opportunities for art history graduates:

  • Curator
  • Arts organizations manager
  • Archivist
  • Researcher
  • Art conservator
  • Foreign affairs

Beyond the Classroom

    • Third Floor Design

      Third Floor Design, a student-run graphic design agency at UTulsa, offers pro-bono design services to non-profits and social service agencies, providing students professional experience. Since its inception in 1992, students at Third Floor Design have contributed over 30,000 volunteer hours, with their design work valued at more than $1.8 million. The placement rate for graduates from this program is nearly 100%.

      EXPERIENTIAL LEARNING Third Floor Design

    • Make your UTulsa experience as rich and diverse as you like.

      UTulsa students have abundant opportunities to get involved with clubs and organizations to develop new skills, meet new friends, and make lifetime memories. From international clubs, music groups, and intramural sports to Greek life, student government, and on-campus leadership, there’s truly something for everyone at UTulsa. Our multi-faceted extracurricular options perfectly complement our multidisciplinary academic approach.

      Student Organizations

    • Be the change you want to see.

      UTulsa encourages students to give back to the community and see societal problems through a different lens. In considering issues ranging from low-income to racial biases, students analyze the intricacies of cyclical social issues to gain broader perspectives and insights, which they can share with others and act on in the community.


    • Pursue success with confidence — backed by UTulsa's job placement guarantee.

      UTulsa is committed to our students’ professional success, which is why our Center for Career Development, aka CaneCareers, offers a job placement guarantee program. We promise that students who follow the program will land an entry-level job in their chosen field or continue their education within six months of graduation, or we’ll give them a free semester of grad school.


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    The School of Art, Design & Art History provides a stimulating and intimate environment for practicing, understanding, and advancing the visual arts.

    School of Art, Design & Art History