Welcome to the Department of Art!
The Department of Art provides a foundation of knowledge and skills in the visual arts which will prepare students to practice art on a professional level. Students may elect the Bachelor of Fine Arts in Studio, intended to train professional, practicing artists in a variety of media; the Bachelor of Fine Arts in Graphic Design that prepares students for a career in graphic design; Bachelor of Fine Arts in Digital Animation that prepares students for a career in digital animation (cinema, gaming, broadcast television and interactive media); the Bachelor of Science in Art Education for students who wish to teach art in the public school system; and a minor in Art History that gives students a broad overview of the history of art.
Studio courses and historical-critical studies are an integral part of all programs. Studio courses introduce the student to a wide variety of media and techniques while providing opportunities to deal with problems related to professional practice. Historical-critical studies acquaint the student with artistic styles, movements, and aesthetic problems in art, and place them in historical perspective.
Please support the Department of Art by joining the Missouri Western Arts Society.
For more information, please contact us at (816) 271-4282 or write us at:
Department of Art
Potter Hall, room 103
Missouri Western State University
4525 Downs Drive
St. Joseph, MO 64507