• 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.

Fast Facts

  • There are approximately 175 undergraduates in the Department of Art, 25 percent studying art, 15 percent studying art history, and 60 percent studying studio art

  • Average size of a studio art class is 15 students

  • Art history lecture courses at 200 and 300 level average about 40 students and at the 400-level average 15 students

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

Real World Experience

  • 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 additonal gallery activities around the revitalized downtown.


Career options for Studio Art majors:

  • graphic design
  • interactive design
  • video art
  • motion graphics


  • digital art and illustration
  • photography
  • education
  • fine 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.

Prerequisite Courses

  • There are no prerequisite courses before becoming a
    Studio Art major.

Major Courses

required majors
  • Three foundation courses (9 hours)
  • 8 courses (24 hours) of electives selected from at least three different studio areas (drawing, painting, printmaking, graphic design, photography, digital imaging, and electronic media) and of these hours at least 12 must be upper division (additional 6 hours can be chosen from art history)
  • College-mandated capstone course
  • 4 art history courses, three of which will be chosen from five options at the 300-level and one course at the 400-level.

Other Programs Available

  • Bachelor of arts degrees in art history and art
  • Master of arts degrees in art history and studio art
  • Interdisciplinary Ph.D. degree in art history
  • The dual degree program in studio art/secondary education available for those who wish to teach in middle school or high school
  • A combined major in history/art history for students interested in the influence of historical developments on art
  • An art history minor available to students majoring in other areas


  • 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

    Faculty contacts:

Contact us

UMKC Office of Admissions
120 Administrative Center
University of Missouri-Kansas City
5100 Rockhill Road
Kansas City, MO 64110-2499
(816) 235-1111
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call Relay Missouri at:
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Visit us

Contact the UMKC Welcome Center at 816-235-UMKC (8652), or toll-free at 1-800-775-UMKC (8652), and we'll arrange a guided campus tour and a meeting with faculty and staff.