art history

Admission requirements

  • There are no special requirements beyond those for admission to the university.
  • Transfer students entering the program will meet with an art history advisor to discuss their transcripts and evaluate course equivalencies for advanced placement.


  • UMKC graduates with a degree in the field of art point to the Department of Art and Art History, its challenging courses, acclaimed faculty and internship opportunities as the secret to their success.
  • UMKC’s campus is located in the heart of Kansas City and within walking distance of one of the most distinguished museums in the nation, The Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art.
  • The Crossroads Arts District and the Urban Culture Project offer additional gallery activities around the revitalized downtown.

Fast facts

  • There are approximately 210 undergraduate majors in the Department of Art; 20 percent are studying art history and 80 percent are studying art.
  • There are 25 students minoring in art history and/or studio art, and approximately 25 students studying art education, a program based in the School of Education.
  • The average size of a studio art class is 15 students; Art history lecture courses at the 200- and 300-level average about 40 students, and art history courses at the 400-level average 15 students.


Art history faculty members are actively involved in research and the professional associations in their areas of expertise and have done the following:

  • Published books and journal articles
  • Received research funding from many nationally known foundations
  • Curated numerous exhibitions

Student organizations

The Student Art League and the UMKC Hand Print Press provide students with opportunities to:

  • Meet visiting artists
  • Organize and participate in special exhibits
  • Attend art openings, dinners and critiques
  • Take field trips to museums and galleries in other cities


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Contact us

Office of Admissions

120 Administrative Center
5115 Oak St.
Kansas City, MO 64112
Phone: 816-235-1111
Toll-free: 1-800-775-8652
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UMKC is an equal opportunity/affirmative action institution.