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BA in Art

Degree Program Description

The School of Visual Studies' 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 Art program 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. Students who earn a degree in art pursue a variety of careers, including professional artists and illustrators; art educators; museum and gallery curators and directors; commercial and studio designers; and graphic, web, print and packaging designers. Most businesses are looking for creative thinkers and innovative problem solvers, and these are skills acquired in an art degree.

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 receiving an BA in Art must earn a grade of C-or better in Art and Art History courses. 

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 courses, including two 3-credit 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.

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 four (4) Art Foundation courses 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_VS 1020ART_VS 1030ART_VS 1040ART_VS 1050. For more detailed information on the portfolio, please refer to the School of Visual Studies website.

Major Core Requirements
Art Foundations (12 credits)
ART_VS 1020Introduction to Visual Studies3
ART_VS 10302-D Materials and Methods3
ART_VS 10403-D Materials and Methods3
ART_VS 1050Drawing: Materials and Methods3
(Art Portfolio Review required.)
Art Core Requirements9
Select one of the following 2000-level 2D Art studio courses:
ART_VS 2210Beginning Color Drawing3
ART_VS 2500Beginning Painting3
ART_VS 2600Digital Photography3
ART_VS 2700Etching and Relief Printmaking3
ART_VS 2730Screen Printing3
Select one of the following 2000-level 3D Art studio class:
ART_VS 2100Hand-Built Ceramics 3
ART_VS 2320Weaving 3
ART_VS 2310Papermaking and Artists' Books3
ART_VS 2800Beginning Sculpture3
Art BA Capstone
ART_VS 4510Career Development for Visual Artists3
ART Studio Electives 12 to 18
Two 3000+ Art studio classes
One 4000+ Art Studio class
Other electives Art Studio courses 2000+ or above ((may include 15 credits in one media area)
Art History (ARH_VS courses )9
ARH_VS 1130Introduction to the History of Art3
or ARH_VS 1130W Introduction to the History of Art - Writing Intensive
Select one 3-credit 20000-level course from below:
ARH_VS 2850Introduction to Visual Culture3
or ARH_VS 2850W Introduction to Visual Culture - Writing Intensive
ARH_VS 2860The Lives of Objects3
or ARH_VS 2860W The Lives of Objects - Writing Intensive
ARH_VS 2150The Art of the Book3
or ARH_VS 2150W The Art of the Book - Writing Intensive
Select one 3000+ level Writing Intensive Art History course to fulfill requirement.

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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 ART_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 ART_VS 4975)

First Year
Art Foundations Course3Art Foundations Course3
ARH_VS 11303Second Language I4
ENGLSH 10003Behavioral Science3
Behavioral Science Course3MATH 1050, 1100, or STAT 12003
 American History or Government Course3
 12 16
Second Year
Art Foundations Course3Art Core Requirement3
Second language II4Second language III4
ARH_VS 2000W+ level Course3Humanities Course3
Humanities Course (2000+)3Biological/Physical/Math Science Course (lab)3
Social Science Course3Social Science Course3
 16 16
Third Year
Art Core Requirement3Art Core Requirement3
Humanities Course3Art Studio Elective3
Biological/Physical/Math Science Course (MRP)3Humanities Course3
Behavioral Science Course3Biological/Physical/Math Science Course3
ARH_VS Art History Course (2000+)3General Elective3
 15 15
Fourth Year
Art Studio Elective3Art Studio Elective3
Art Studio or General Elective3General (or Art) Elective3
Art Studio or General Elective3General Elective3
General Elective3General Elective3
General Elective3ART_VS 49753
 15 15
Total Credits: 120

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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. 

MU students can request a degree audit by logging in to myDegreePlanner. Students may also access myDegreePlanner via myZou, in the Student Center, click on the Academic Progress Tile, then select Request Degree Audit. 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 https://advising.missouri.edu/contact/.

Prospective students, can access a preliminary MU degree audit via https://www.transferology.com. 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 https://registrar.missouri.edu/degrees-audits/degree-audits/.

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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 the Discovery Center by calling (573)884-9700 or through MU Connect Discovery Center service in you success network.

  • If you have decided on a major, visit an academic advisor in the School or College that you are interested in to discuss the process of declaring the major

  • If you would like to learn more about your career interests, abilities, values and talents, visit the MU Career 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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