Majors and Minors

Academics: Majors

Art majors at Cleveland State University concentrate in one of seven studio areas: Ceramics, Drawing, Computer Graphics, Painting, Photography, Printmaking, or Sculpture to prepare for a professional exhibition career. Students can also concentrate in Art History if planning to make a career in museum or gallery work, conservation, or further scholarly degrees. The excellent faculty, gallery exhibition space, and studio facilities available at Cleveland State University, offer students unique opportunities to expand their experience, knowledge and technical skills in a comfortable, supportive environment.

The program in Art Education prepares students to teach in the public schools, from Kindergarten through High School. In addition to a sound foundation in studio and art history, Art Education students study teaching methods and curriculum organization. Field observations require students to visit actual classrooms. In addition to the requirements for the art department, 42 hours are required in education courses.

Each year, the Cleveland State University Art Department awards several Merit Scholarships for the following academic year. These scholarships are exclusively for Art Majors and will pay part or full tuition for the year. Students can apply for these scholarships each year. High School Seniors may apply for these scholarships the year before they actually start at Cleveland State University. Applications must be submitted in February.

Art History students benefit from close ties our faculty have with the Cleveland Museum of Art and other exhibition institutions. Many students have had internships which give them “hands on” experience in a professional environment. Former Cleveland State students work at numerous institutions throughout the Northeastern Ohio area and elsewhere, and have been admitted to prestigious programs for graduate study.

Students who concentrate in Computer Graphics have an especially rich opportunity to network for eventual jobs in the field through a professional chapter of the American Institute of Graphic Arts (AIGA), internships and faculty guidance.


Click here to see the current academic year's Undergraduate Catalog requirements for the Arts major .

NOTE: For official requirements, determine your catalog rights, and go to the undergraduate catalog that matches those rights. (The following requirements are ONLY for students whose FIRST semester at CSU is Fall 2011 or Spring 2012. For students who started BEFORE the 2011-2012 school year AND who have been enrolled during at least one of the past three semesters, including summer, please see your undergraduate catalog).

A typical evening studio course would meet Monday and Wednesday OR Tuesday and Thursday from 6:00 until 9:30 pm. Art History courses meet on the same days from 4:00-5:50 pm or 6:00-7:50 pm. It is not possible to take all courses for an art major evenings only.

Courses to meet requirements of the University, College of Liberal Arts and Social Sciences and College of Education and Human Services are in addition to the Art requirements, and must be built into your semester schedules as well.

All degree seeking students are required to complete a specific number of General Education (GenEd) courses. Students are responsible for ensuring the appropriate selection of courses to satisfy GenEd requirements and are encouraged to consult with their academic advisor regarding the applicability of selected courses. A comprehensive description of Cleveland State University's General Education Requirements for undergraduate students is available online at

For more information, contact:
Department of Art
Cleveland State University
2121 Euclid Avenue, AB 106
Cleveland, OH 44115-2214
Phone: 216.687.2040

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