BA in Art
Degree Program Description
The Department of Art 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.
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.
Starting Fall 2015, all students wishing to pursue a BA or BFA degree in art will need to pass the Art Department BA/BFA Portfolio Review. A student will need to have completed six (6) courses in art before submitting a portfolio for either the BA or BFA. Those courses are ART_GNRL 1030, ART_GNRL 1040, ART_DRAW 1050; then three of the following courses: ART_CERM 2100, ART_DRAW 2200, ART_FIBR 2300, ART_GRDN 2410, ART_PNT 2500, ART_PNT 2510, ART_PHOT 2600, ART_PRNT 2700, ART_SCUL 2800. For more detailed information on the portfolio, please refer to the Art Department website.
|Major core requirements|
|ART_GNRL 1030||Basic 2-D Design||3|
|ART_GNRL 1040||Basic 3-D Design||3|
|ART_DRAW 1050||Drawing I||3|
|Art core requirements|
|ART_PNT 2500||Beginning Painting||3|
|or ART_PNT 2510||Beginning Watercolor Painting|
|ART_SCUL 2800||Beginning Sculpture||3|
|ART_CERM 2100||Beginning Ceramics||3|
|or ART_FIBR 2300||Beginning Fibers|
|ART_GNRL 4975||Senior Seminar in Art||3|
|or ART_GNRL 4976||Design - Senior Seminar|
|ART studio electives (may include 15 credits in one media area)||up to 18|
|AR H A courses (Art History)||9|
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 ART_GNRL 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 ART_GNRL 4975)
|Art Foundations Course||3||Art Foundations Course||3|
|MATH 1100 or ENGLSH 1000||3||Foreign Language||5|
|Humanities Course||3||MATH 1100 or ENGLSH 1000||3|
|American History or Government Course||3||Behavioral Science||3|
|Art Foundations Course||3||Foreign Language||3|
|Foreign Language||5||Art Core Requirement||3|
|AR_H_A 1110||3||Biological/Physical/Math Science Course (lab)||3|
|Social Science Course||3||Behavioral Science Course (2000+)||3|
|Humanities Course||3||Humanities Course||3|
|Art Core Requirement||3||Art Core Requirement||3|
|Art Studio Elective||3||Art Studio Elective||3|
|AR H A Course (2000+)||3||Biological/Physical/Math Science Course||3|
|Biological/Physical/Math Science Course (MRP)||3||Social Science Course (2000+)||3|
|Humanities Course||3||General Elective||3|
|Art Studio Elective||3||Art Studio Elective||3|
|Art Studio Elective||3||General Elective||3|
|AR H A Course (2000+, WI)||3||General (or Art) Elective||3|
|General Elective||3||General Elective||3|
|General Elective||3||ART_GNRL 4975||3|
|Humanities Course (2000+)||3|
|Total Credits: 121|
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 who have attended since August 2007 can request a degree audit by logging in to myZou and navigating to Self Service, then Student Center, and clicking on “Request Degree Audit.” The audit automatically pulls in the student’s MU course work, transfer courses and courses in progress.
MU students who have NOT attended since August 2007 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 http://advising.missouri.edu/contact/.
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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 are considering a change of major or are exploring multiple majors, schedule an appointment with an advisor in Academic Exploration and Advising Services (AEAS) by calling (573)884-9700.
- 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.
- If you would like information about MU majors and degree programs, visit:
- the Degrees, Majors (Degree Programs), Emphasis Areas, Minors and Certificates page in the catalog,
- the MU Majors website.
For additional major and career exploration resources, visit Major & Career Exploration in the catalog.