BA in Art

Degree Program Description

The Art program offers opportunities for creative development, provides instruction in visual literacy, and trains students in the necessary technical and conceptual skills needed to pursue a lifetime of creative activity.  Through a variety of studio art courses, students learn critical thinking skills, creative problem solving, and become life-long learners. The Department of Art offers courses in ceramics, drawing, fibers, graphic design, painting, photography, printmaking, and sculpture.  The BA degree is a liberal arts degree in which students complete 30 - 40 hours of studio art courses and 9 hours of courses in Art History. Starting Fall 2015, all students wishing to pursue a BA degree in art must pass the Art Department BA/BFA Portfolio Review.  Students that earn a degree in art pursue a variety of careers, including artists; art educators; commercial and studio designers; and graphic, web, print and packaging designers.

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Major Program Requirements

Art majors earning a BA degree complete art foundations courses, art core requirements, and art studio electives. No more than 40 credits in studio art may be included in the BA curriculum. Students enrolled in the BA degree program may not include art or art history courses with a grade of D.

All art majors must complete a minimum of 12 credit hours of MU art coursework numbered 2000 or above. In addition, 9 hours of Art History and Archaeology courses, including two 3-hour classes numbered 2000 or above, are required.

In addition, students must complete all College of Arts and Science and University graduation requirements, including University general education.

Starting Fall 2015, all students wishing to pursue a BA or BFA degree in art will need to pass the Art program BA/BFA Portfolio Review. A student will need to have completed six (6) courses in art before submitting a portfolio (it is acceptable to be enrolled in the last class(es) the semester the portfolio is submitted) for either the BA or BFA. The courses are ART_GNRL 1030, ART_GNRL 1040, ART_DRAW 1050 and  three studio art courses at the 2000 level.  For more detailed information on the portfolio, please refer to the School of Visual Studies website.

Major core requirements
Art foundations
ARTGE_VS 1030Basic 2-D Design3
ARTGE_VS 1040Basic 3-D Design3
ARTDR_VS 1050Drawing: Materials and Methods3
Art core requirements
ARTPA_VS 2500Beginning Painting3
ARTSC_VS 2800Beginning Sculpture3
ARTCE_VS 2100Beginning Ceramics3
ARTGE_VS 4975Senior Seminar in Art3
ART studio electives (may include 15 credits in one media area)up to 18
AR H A courses (Art History)9

Semester Plan

Below is a sample plan of study, semester by semester.  A student's actual plan may vary based on course choices where options are available. (Students focusing on graphic design will take ARTGE_VS 4976 Fall of their fourth year instead of an Art Studio Elective which they will move to the Spring of their fourth year and take instead of ARTGE_VS 4975)

First Year
Art Foundations Course3Art Foundations Course3
MATH 1100 or ENGLSH 10003Foreign Language5
Humanities Course3MATH 1100 or ENGLSH 10003
American History or Government Course3Behavioral Science3
 12 14
Second Year
Art Foundations Course3Foreign Language3
Foreign Language5Art Core Requirement3
ARH_VS 11103Biological/Physical/Math Science Course (lab)3
Social Science Course3Behavioral Science Course (2000+)3
Humanities Course3Humanities Course3
 17 15
Third Year
Art Core Requirement3Art Core Requirement3
Art Studio Elective3Art Studio Elective3
AR H A Course (2000+)3Biological/Physical/Math Science Course3
Biological/Physical/Math Science Course (MRP)3Social Science Course (2000+)3
Humanities Course3General Elective3
 15 15
Fourth Year
Art Studio Elective3Art Studio Elective3
Art Studio Elective3General Elective3
AR H A Course (2000+, WI)3General (or Art) Elective3
General Elective3General Elective3
General Elective3ARTGE_VS 49753
Humanities Course (2000+)3 
 18 15
Total Credits: 121

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Degree Audit


The degree audit is an automated report reflecting a student’s academic progress toward the completion of a degree.  Degree Audits are not available for all programs; however, please consult with the appropriate college or school for audit information.

MU students can request a degree audit by logging in to myDegreePlanner.  Students may also access myDegreePlanner via myZou, in the Student Center, by clicking on the Request Degree Audit link. The audit automatically pulls in the student’s MU course work, transfer courses and courses in progress.  This is available to current students, admitted students, and those who last attended less than three terms ago.

Past MU students can request a degree audit by contacting the Academic Advising Unit of the division in which they were last enrolled at MU. For contact information, go to

Prospective students, can access a preliminary MU degree audit via Information on the college credits already earned will have to be manually entered before it can be evaluated against current degree requirements.

For additional details on degree audits, go to

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Major and Career Exploration

The University of Missouri has many resources to assist you in exploring majors and career possibilities.  For guidance, visit the Majors and Careers website or view specific resources below.

  • If you would like to learn more about your career interests, abilities, values and talents, visit the MU Career Center in the lower level of the Student Success Center.  No appointment is necessary to explore career options with one of our staff members.

For additional major and career exploration resources, visit Major & Career Exploration in the catalog.

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