studio art

Admission requirements

  • The requirements vary according to what degree is being pursued. For freshmen studio art applicants, there are no special requirements beyond those for admission to the university. 
  • Transfer students entering the studio art program need to meet with an art adviser to show their portfolios and transcripts in order to evaluate course equivalencies for advanced placement.


  • UMKC graduates with a degree in the field of art point to the Department of Studio Art, its challenging courses, acclaimed faculty and internship opportunities, as the secret to their success.
   Fine arts building

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.


Studio Art faculty members are practicing artists who bring their insights and experiences to the classroom and studio in the following ways:

  • Exhibiting and publishing their creative works
  • Serving as visiting artists nationally and abroad
  • Receiving honors, awards, grants and fellowships    

Student organizations

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

  • 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
Relay Missouri: 1-800-735-2966 (TTY)

Visit us

Students are encouraged to schedule a campus visit by visiting or calling 816-235-8652.


UMKC is an equal opportunity/affirmative action institution.