Arts & Culture in the College

The arts at Ohio State are bold, innovative and engaging. They make our university stronger and more vibrant.

Ohio State has a strong commitment to invigorate the arts on campus by investing in the evolving Arts District at 15th Avenue and High Street. This Arts District serves as the front door to the university, and advances our academic mission, physically integrating the arts into a revitalized presence on High Street, and creating a dynamic hub of artistic, educational, social and commercial interchange.

A major part of our mission is to champion the arts and promote an atmosphere for students and faculty that inspires creativity and excellence, while providing opportunities for them to share their many talents with communities on campus and beyond. Today, we are aggressively pushing ahead to promote and strengthen the arts on campus and intensifying new ties with leading arts organizations in our community, as well as forging ties with national and international partners.

Performing Arts

The performing arts at Ohio State cultivate a vibrant environment where unlimited opportunities exist for creativity, free expression, real-world experience, strong traditions and community engagement. The performing arts — the Department of DanceDepartment of Theatre and School of Music, which includes The Ohio State University Marching Band — form a centerpiece to the university, with highly professional artists on the faculty providing unmatched excellence in education, innovative performance and creative research.

By integrating the arts on campus and connecting the arts at Ohio State with professional arts organizations in the Short North and downtown Columbus, we create unprecedented opportunities for collaboration among students, faculty and professional performing artists in the community. We have relationships with CAPA (Columbus Association for the Performing Arts), Columbus Symphony Orchestra, Opera Columbus, Short North Stage and other professional groups. These “Town and Gown” collaborations open doors to new partnerships and extend our students’ experiences throughout the community. 

Visual Art & Design

The visual arts and design at Ohio State — including the Department of Art, Department of Arts Administration, Education and Policy, Department of Design, Department of History of Art and the Advanced Computing Center for the Arts and Design (ACCAD) — are broad-based, and at the forefront of developments in contemporary aesthetic thought and practice. They provide dynamic opportunities for study, research, experimentation, community engagement, international connections, interdisciplinary partnerships and art-making.

Our faculty of accomplished, professional artists and designers celebrate the production, examination and evaluation of the visual arts and design as people-centered enterprises, embracing diverse viewpoints and expertise to create a rich environment for creative study.

Galleries on campus and in downtown Columbus offer opportunities for students to exhibit their work, and serve as arts laboratories to help individuals gain hands-on curatorial and exhibition experiences. These venues also showcase the work of faculty, visiting and community artists and offer engaging spaces for community outreach.

Culture and the Humanities

A diverse humanities curriculum has been a vital component of Ohio State academics since the beginning. University founders believed a strong basis in the humanities was essential preparation for the future.

Studies prove them right; nothing allows you to take on challenges better than an education including humanities. They open windows into other worlds, ideas and cultures, offering a deeper perspective from which to view the present and imagine the future. Additionally, you sharpen skills invaluable for success in any career: the ability to think logically; read critically, write powerfully, create and meaningfully engage with the world.