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Visual Art Degree

About the Degree:

With this degree in hand, you’ll have the opportunity to pursue either an advanced art degree or launch your career as a self-employed fine artist. A foundation in a variety of studio practices and art history on the university campus can also allow students to add a minor in another field as needed for several art-related career paths. These minors include marketing, business, modern language, literature, philosophy, chemistry, psychology or theatre.  

What Can I Do With This Major?

Your Future with Our Visual Art Degree

As a graduate of Missouri Southern's visual 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:

  • You want to be a professional painter or muralist.
  • You want to work as an art historian, art critic or art conservationist.
  • You want to work in or manage an art studio or use your talents in theatre.


Current Catalog

Bachelor of Arts

Bachelor of Arts in Visual Art

Other Options (Current Catalog)

Bachelor of Fine Arts

Bachelor of Fine Arts in Graphic Design

Bachelor of Fine Arts in Studio 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 Studio Art

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)