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Studio Art Degree

About the Degree:

A degree in Studio Art prepares students to pursue an advanced degree or a career as a self-employed artist. A foundation in a variety of studio practices and art history is followed by a focus on creating artwork in a particular studio area or areas such as ceramics, drawing, painting, printmaking, or sculpture.

What Can I Do With This Major?

Your Future with Our Studio Art Degree

As a graduate of Missouri Southern's studio art program, you will harness your creativity into a life-long career. Picture yourself in one of these positions:

  • Use your creative eye as a photographer, working in photojournalism or taking portraits.
  • Work for newspapers or publishers creating captivating illustrations.
  • Be your own boss by using your refined artisan skills to start your own business selling your art.
  • Use your knowledge of artistic elements and art history to work in an art gallery as a curator or leading tours.
  • If you have an especially keen artistic vision, become a creative director for a company or publication.

What You'll Learn:

  • Students will describe the process, form and content of a presented body of work from foundation classes using art and design language specific to his/her major. 
  • Graduating student will present a cohesive body of advanced work appropriate to his/her major. 
  • Student will be able to communicate in writing about his/her personal work within the social, artistic, historical context and articulate meaning of said work.  
  • Students will identify acclaimed contemporary and historical artists, designers, and works as sources of inspiration for his/her own work. 
  • Students will be skilled at presenting themselves and their material professionally to obtain employment. 
  • Students will be able to advertise/promote his/her work and exhibitions.

This Degree is Great for You if:

  • Want to turn your interests in art into a fulfilling career.
  • Are interested in the beauty of crafting items that can be sold and enjoyed on a continual basis.
  • Enjoy displaying your talents in art exhibits and art sales.

Options\Course of Study

Current Catalog

Bachelor of Fine Arts

Bachelor of Fine Arts in Studio Art


Minor in Studio Art

Other Options (Current Catalog)

Bachelor of Fine Arts

Bachelor of Fine Arts in Graphic Design

Bachelor of Arts

Bachelor of Arts in Visual Art

Bachelor of Science

Bachelor of Science in Education, Art Education Grades K-12


Illustration Certificate

Publication Design Certificate

Post-Baccalaureate Studies in Art Certificate


Minor in Art History

Minor in Graphic Design

Accreditations and Memberships:

Higher Learning Commission (HLC)

American Association of State Colleges and Universities (AASCU)

American Association of Colleges & Universities (AAC&U)

Council for the Advancement and Support of Education (CASE)