UMKC Catalog


Bachelor of Arts: Studio Art

Student Learning Objectives

  1. Students graduating with a B.A. degree in Studio Art will:
    • Have the basic skills for the practice of art in one or more specialized disciplines.
    • Be aware of the latest advances in adapting technology for the creation of works of art, including appropriate software and hardware skills.
  2. Students graduating with a B.A. degree in Studio Art will be prepared for entry into a professional school, a graduate program or the job market.

Studio Art Curriculum

Formal study in Studio Art begins with foundation courses. These are ART 112, ART 114, ART 121, and ART 131. There are no prerequisites for these courses. They cannot be taken for graduate credit.

Intermediate and advanced courses require the foundation series and possibly other prerequisites. The areas of study are digital imaging, drawing, motion design, graphic design, photography, printmaking, and painting.

A small group of independent-study courses, titled generically by the area of study, are assigned 498-level numbers. Enrollment in these courses is granted only by the instructor who will supervise the study. Graduate credit is possible only when a student is admitted to graduate study.

Cluster courses are taught through the program of integrated studies in the humanities. These are interdisciplinary courses offered in conjunction with one or more similar courses in cognate disciplines.

Program Requirements

  1. The foundation studio program or its approved equivalents: ART 112, ART 114, ART 121 and ART 131.
  2. A minimum of 24 studio credit hours to include courses from at least three different studio areas (drawing, painting, printmaking, graphic design, photography, digital imaging and computer multimedia). At least 12 credit hours must be on the 300 or 400 level.
  3. College-mandated capstone course ART 499WI or ART 423WI.
  4. Art history: three courses from the survey sequence (ART-HIST 301, ART-HIST 302, ART-HIST 303 - recommended, ART-HIST 315, ART-HIST 319) and one 400-level Art History course (with appropriate 300-level prerequisite). Total Art History requirements: 12 credit hours. Up to 6 additional credit hours in Art History can be counted toward the 24 studio credit hours mentioned in requirement number two, with preapproval from a studio faculty advisor.

Grade-point Average Requirements

All studio art majors are required to maintain a minimum 2.5 GPA in studio art courses.

Minor in Studio Art Requirements

A minor in studio art may be earned by completing 21 hours of studio art taken in consultation with a faculty advisor.