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2011-2012 General/Graduate Catalog - Expires August 2017 
2011-2012 General/Graduate Catalog - Expires August 2017 [Archived Catalog]

Art (BA)

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Affiliation: School of Arts & Letters


The objectives of the degree programs in the visual arts are defined by and were developed to:

  1. Offer programs of concentrated study that are sensitive to the needs of students and relate to the overarching goals of the University.
  2. Ensure well-organized, coherent programs that provide opportunities for synthesis and integration across courses within those programs.
  3. Help students assimilate the knowledge delivered within the programs and develop the capacity to focus on methods of inquiry and analysis that will enable them to use that knowledge.
  4. Encourage students to develop a critical perspective that will enable them to learn about and from the variety of views existing within their chosen field of study.
  5. Guide students in the cultivation of liberal learning by helping them perceive and appreciate the connections among courses in their major and those in other disciplines.
  6. Assure practical support and encouragement for students’ intellectual and creative growth and development by providing opportunities for interaction and dialogue in an environment conducive to learning.
  7. Present students with a culturally diverse approach to art and to acknowledge biases that may be inherent within the discipline.
  8. Prepare students for graduate study or employment opportunities within the field. 


No Departmental Honors are offered for this degree. Students seeking a degree with honors are encouraged to become an Honors Scholar.

Becoming an Honors Scholar in the Arts & Sciences

The requirements for becoming an Honors Scholar in the Arts and Sciences are: complete five approved courses in the areas of mathematics, science, humanities, and social science with at least one course from each area; and earn at least a 3.5 cumulative GPA overall and in these five courses. Only grades of “A” and “B” may count toward the 3.5 minimum grade point average requirement in the five approved Honors Scholar courses.



Special Requirements for the B.A. in Art Degree

BFA and BA candidates in art must maintain a minimum cumulative GPA of 2.5 in their major courses. Individual instruction courses are applied for through a written contract between the instructor, the advisor, and the student. Forms are available in the Office of the School of Arts & Letters or the Department Chair’s office. Consent of the instructor and the advisor are required. Independent study courses may not be substituted for existing courses. Transfer students who have satisfactorily completed studio art courses at another institution may, with a portfolio approved by the art faculty, be exempted from the studio prerequisites for some of the advanced studio courses. All internal transfer students and reapplicants are evaluated using the general catalog for the year in which the student matriculates into the Art program.

The following required courses may not be transferred into the Art program or substituted:

  • Upper-level studio courses: 12 Credit Hours

Liberal Studies Program Requirements: 31-57 Credit Hours

Missouri Statute Requirement: 1-3 Credit Hours

Bachelor of Arts Requirement: 0-6 Credit Hours

  • Intermediate proficiency in ONE foreign language

       (see Liberal Studies section for details)


Art Foundations: 14 Credit Hours

*Foundations Proficiency Review: 1 Credit Hour

Prior to enrollment in any 300- or 400-level Art Studio or Visual Communications course, the student will enroll in the Foundations Proficiency Review. The student’s declaration of a major degree program is required at this time. Students unable to pass this review are required to address the deficiencies noted and resubmit samples by semester’s end. Prerequisites for enrollment in ART 190 are: successfully completed ART 127 New Majors Seminar, ART 115 Drawing I, ART 210 Design I, ART 211 Design II and ART 215 Drawing II. Contact the Art Assessment Committee Chair for detailed information.

Art History: 9 Credit Hours

  • Art History Courses*: 9 Credit Hours

*Nine (9) hours of Art History, six (6) or more must be taken at the 300 level or above. One must be writing-enhanced.

Capstone Seminar and Capstone Experience: 2 Credit Hours

Studio Concentration in one of the following areas: 12 Credit Hours

Painting, Printmaking, Sculpture, Ceramics, or Fibers

Restricted Electives: 15 Credit Hours

Students enrolled in the BA Art degree program are required, in consultation with their advisor, to pursue study in academic areas outside art to complement the major and help further expand and synthesize knowledge from a variety of points of view. NOTE: Students enrolled in the BA Art degree program who wish to pursue the MAE degree may apply toward the BA degree a maximum of 15 hours of art studio courses from ART 205 Ceramics, 207 Fibers, 216 Sculpture, 218 Painting, and 220 Typography OR 213 Creative Photography OR 217 Printmaking as restricted electives. In addition, the student must successfully complete ED 389 Foundations of Education, ED 393 Clinical Experiences in Teaching, ED 593 Psychological Foundations of Education, and STAT 190 Basic Statistics (or its equivalent).

Electives to Total: 120 Credit Hours

NOTE: If successful completion of the LSP and major requirements total less than 120 credit hours, electives are taken to bring the total to 120 credit hours.

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