The Art Department provides a solid foundation in basic visual skills and the manipulative and conceptual abilities necessary to create works of art, followed by a flexible, individually tailored studio program. Students become a trained artist who will become a professional designer, teacher, or studio artist able to create objects and images spanning a broad selection of media and techniques. Elective courses in art appreciation, art history, and studio art broadens awareness and knowledge of the arts of the past and the present.
The MSSU General Education and the Art Department curriculum feature eight of the ten best practices that improve student academic outcomes as documented in the 2008 Association of American Colleges and Universities (AACU) Publication, High-Impact Educational Practices: What They Are, Who Has Access to Them, and Why They Matter, by George D. Kuh.
As an art major, you must complete 18 hours of Art Foundation courses such as Art Theory, Color Theory and Basic Drawing.
Art majors undergo three important assessments:
As an MSSU art student, additional training and inspiring experiences are available to further develop your creativity and your connection to culture, including study abroad opportunities, internships, and student groups.
Dr. James E. Lile, Jr.
Interim Head, Art Department
Associate Professor of Theatre
3950 E. Newman Rd.
Joplin MO 64801-1595