School of Fine Arts

SFA Departments

The Department of Art

JRhodes_Hangar_Day-248x148_cThe 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.

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.

 

 

The Department of Music

gmbThe Department of Music provides a comprehensive curriculum and music instruction by faculty active locally, regionally, and at state and national levels as performers, conductors, researchers, and educators. Students attending MWSU receive a multitude of performance and learning opportunities, as well as individualized attention from faculty.

Instrumental, Piano, and Vocal soloists and ensembles are winning state and national awards raising awareness for the quality and exciting opportunities at Missouri Western.

Many ensembles and performance opportunities are open to musicians majoring in music or non-music related fields, offering a diverse opportunity for students to work together in their pursuit of music excellence. Instructors in the department of music pride themselves on the one-on-one instruction given to students, something other institutions are not always able to provide. Students here are given many opportunities to perform including our highly acclaimed Extreme Percussion performance, Musical Theatre and Opera productions, a wide variety of choral ensembles, instrumental and vocal jazz ensembles, the Griffon marching band, Renaissance Singers, Symphonic Winds, Guitar Ensemble, Cell Phone Ensemble, and Percussion Ensemble. The list goes on and on.

Students are closely advised by music faculty seeking the student’s best interest. This close contact allows students to be successful making a smooth transition into university life. Those seeking a Bachelor of Music with concentration in technology or business, Music Education with concentrations in either vocal or instrumental certifications, or Bachelor of Arts degrees with vocal or instrumental emphasis can expect to be well-prepared with knowledge and skills vital in today’s music industry, public schools, and graduate programs. MWSU also offers a minor in music. The department of music is an accredited institutional member of the National Association of Schools of Music.

 

 

The Department of Theatre & Cinema

p_0001 (1)The Department of Theatre & Cinema offers students an outstanding education and hands-on experiences that will prepare them for a successful career. New in the Fall of 2012, the Missouri Western bachelor of arts program in theatre and cinema  is one of only a handful in the United States and the only one in the region.

Each student must choose their path – stage or screen!

This bachelor of arts degree offers an exciting integration of both cinema and theatre. Students decide which field to specialize in – theatre or cinema – but will gain experience and knowledge in both!
Each course in this program provides students with the professional training necessary to develop technical, creative and storytelling skills, and allows them the opportunity to focus and hone their craft, as well as finding their own expressive voice.

Our graduates go on to successfully, pursue master’s degrees in their respective fields or seek careers as actors, editors, directors, cinematographers, lighting designers, audio engineers and more. This degree will gives students the edge in today’s competitive job market.