Studio Art

Studio Art Degrees

  • Bachelor of Fine Arts (B.F.A.) in Studio Art
  • Bachelor of Arts (B.A.) in Art, Studio Art emphasis
  • Minor in Studio Art

Missouri Southern State University's studio art program is a great place to explore and develop your artistic abilities. Our Studio Art program prepares you to pursue an advanced art degree or for a career as a fine artist. As a studio art major, you may choose to concentrate in an area such as:

  • ceramics
  • drawing
  • painting
  • printmaking
  • sculpture

Our flexible studio art program offers:

  • small classes
  • individual attention to help you express ideas and establish professional standards
  • rigorous training to develop your skills, technique and creativity
  • instruction from faculty members who are professional, working artists
  • fundamentals needed to explore your creative vision
  • opportunities for portfolio development and public exhibition of your work 

We offer three studio art options:

  • B.F.A. in Studio Art: a professional course of study that prepares you to pursue a career as a fine artist in areas such as ceramics, drawing, painting, printmaking or sculpture.
  • B.A. in Studio Art: combines a liberal arts background with a strong foundation in studio arts and art history to prepare graduates for a wide range of creative careers.
  • Minor in Studio Art: art enthusiasts majoring in another area may complement their field of study with a minor in Studio Art.  

Our art facilities:

The Fine Arts Building provides special facilities for painting and drawing, printmaking, a foundry and fabrication shop for bronze casting and welding, ceramics, woodworking, jewelry/metalsmithing, photography and lectures.

Additionally, the Spiva Art Gallery at Missouri Southern State University boasts approximately 325 running feet of exhibition wall space. The Gallery houses a large study collection of African art and artifacts and hosts an active program of international, regional and student exhibitions of visual art.

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School of Arts and Sciences

Art Department

Christine Bentley
Department Chair, Department of Art
Associate Professor of Art
Fine Arts Room 205
3950 E. Newman Rd.
Joplin MO 64801-1595
Office: 417.625.3066