Bowling Green State University - School Of Arts

Established in 1910 as a teacher-training institution, Bowling Green held its first classes in 1914, but it was not until the following year that the first two buildings - now University Hall and Williams Hall - were ready for use. Student enrollment for that initial year totaled 304, with a faculty of 21.The first bachelor’s degrees were awarded in 1917.

In 1929, the functions of Bowling Green were expanded to provide four year degree programs in the College of Education and the College of Liberal Arts. The College of Business Administration and graduate programs were added in 1935, the year in which Bowling Green attained full university status. In 1947, the Graduate School was formed, and BGSU awarded its first doctoral degree in English in 1963.

Beginning in 1946, extension programs of the University were offered in Sandusky, Ohio. During the next two decades, course offerings there were expanded and in 1965 a regional campus of the University was established to serve Erie, Huron, and Ottawa counties. That campus is now Firelands College, located in Huron, Ohio. Firelands College, which opened f... [ Read All ]

Bowling Green

United States

1000 Fine Arts Center
OH 43403-0204
Phone: (419) 372-2786
Fax: (419) 372-2544

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Our Aims

Bowling Green State University aspires to be the premier Learning Community in Ohio, and one of the best in the Nation. Through the interdependence of teaching, learning, scholarship, and service we will create an academic environment grounded in intellectual discovery and guided by rational discourse and civility.
Bowling Green State University serves the diverse and multicultural communities of Ohio, the United States and the world.

This Vision is supported by:

an extensive portfolio of distinctive undergraduate programs, focused master’s and specialist degrees and a select number of nationally recognized doctoral programs;
scholarly and creative endeavors of the highest order;
academically challenging teaching, fully connected with research and public service; innovative academic planning that focuses on society’s changing needs, student outcomes and the appropriate integration of technology;
an educational environment that develops culturally literate, self-assured, technologically sophisticated, productive citizens who are prepared to lead, to inspire and to preserve the great traditions of our democracy...  [ Read All ]

Sample Student Art Work (10)

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Location and Getting there

The School of Art is housed within the Fine Arts Center, which was built in 1951, then renovated and re-opened for classes in the fall of 1993. The Fine Arts Center is within walking distance of downtown Bowling Green. Bowling Green State University is adjacent to Interstate 75, just north of U/S/ Route 6.  

Department and information about the department

The School of Art
is comprised of 6 major divisions:

Art Education, Art History,
Digital Arts, Graphic Design,
2-d Studies, 3-d Studies

Offering 3 distinct Undergraduate Degrees:

BFA in studio art
BA in art history
BA in art

Offering 3 Graduate Degrees:

MFA in studio art
MA in art history
MA in art education

Because of the diversity within our degree programs, the nature of our courses varies to include studio experience, art historical investigation, theoretical inquiry, and practical experience.  

Academic Staff and Description  

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Information For  Undergraduates

The BGSU School of Art offers two undergraduate degrees:

Bachelor of Fine Arts (BFA) in a studio art

Bachelor of Art (BA) in Art or Art History  

Information For  Postgraduates

The BGSU School of Art offers four graduate degrees:

Master of Fine Arts (MFA) in a Studio Art

Master of Art (MA) in Art Education

Master of Art (MA) in Art History

Master of Art (MA) in Studio Art  

Information For  International Students

At BGSU, we celebrate the diversity of our students in an atmosphere that encourages you to explore your cultural heritage. International students who choose BGSU will discover a welcoming community that challenges and supports students from all over the world. With more than 600 international students and scholars representing 90 countries, BGSU is committed to cultural diversity.  


Student Facilities

Whether you need equipment to create art or reference materials to assist with teaching, the School of Art offers the resources to help. The Fine Art Center at Bowling Green State University offers:

The Art Resource Center (ARC)

The Dorothy Uber Bryan Gallery

The Hiroko Nakamoto Gallery

The Willard Wankelman Gallery

Media cage

Slide library


Computer labs

Access to local art venues

These facilities possess essential equipment, source materials and dedicated space for use by both faculty and students.  

Student Support

Student Support Services (SSS) is a learning community funded by a grant from the U.S. Department of Education. SSS is part of the Trio Programs created to promote educational access for those who have been traditionally underrepresented in higher education.  

Student Life

Student Life is designed to aid the total development of students at Bowling Green State University through the coordination of campus activities and programs. Staff are available to assist students with virtually any question, issue, or problem.  


Living away from family within a diverse community will allow you many opportunities for friendship, fun and personal growth. We encourage you to explore our web site to learn more about the excitement of residential life at BGSU.  

How To Apply

More and more students are discovering the advantages of a Bowling Green State University education. The sooner you apply, the sooner you'll be able to start planning for the biggest adventure of your life. Apply to BGSU today, and get a head start on your future.  

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