The Bachelor of Arts degree in Visual Art combines a liberal arts background with a strong foundation in studio arts and art history to prepare graduates for a wide range of creative careers. The Bachelor of Fine Arts in Studio Art is the professional course of study that prepares graduates to pursue a career as a visual artist in areas such as sculpture, painting, printmaking or ceramics while the Bachelor of Fine Arts in Graphic Design prepares students to pursue careers in advertising, print production, electronic media, web design and package design. Graduates with a Bachelor of Science in Education and a major in Art are certified through the Teacher Education program to teach K-12 in the state of Missouri.
Degree requirements in the various art programs are such that it is extremely important for students majoring in art to meet with their faculty advisors each semester. There are two major, direct assessments of candidates for art degrees: The Foundation Review (Entrance examination), Senior Exhibit (Capstone graduation portfolio review).
Students are responsible for contacting their advisor upon completion of the 18 credit hour Art Foundation Program to apply for The Foundation (Entrance Examination) Review. Passing this portfolio review is the entrance examination for application and enrollment in the Bachelor of Fine Arts Degree and until they do so, students may only be enrolled in one of the art department’s other degree programs. The review also serves as an opportunity early in the art student’s education for the student and the art faculty to review the academic and artistic progress that the student is making towards personal and institutional goals. For the review, students submit a representative portfolio of their creative work from the foundation courses in person to a selection of the art faculty following guidelines established in advance by the art department faculty.
Senior Exhibit is a two credit hour capstone course culminating in a formal exhibition of the student’s artwork to the public in the spring semester. The final grade students receive for this experience is determined both by the student’s participation in the semester long course as well as an average of the evaluations all art faculty members submit. The evaluations are based upon a ratings sheet assessing how well a candidate meets established criteria in the actual exhibition as well as a submitted exit portfolio.
ART 110, Art Appreciation , meets the General Education Requirement for non-art majors in the Humanities and Fine Arts area.