Art and Design Department


Make your mark

Missouri State University is an accredited institutional member of the National Association of Schools of Art and Design. Our educational experiences prepare you for a career in art, design, art education, art history, or museum studies.

We’ll help you develop into an independent, culturally aware leader who’s ready to join the next generation of creative thinkers.

And even the Bureau of Labor Statistics says, “it pays to be an artist and designer”.   

Undergraduate programs

With an array of concentrated options, you can hone your skills in the fine arts to develop a greater sense of personal voice and expression.

Art track options

Let your talents and problem-solving abilities shine through visual communication.
With a well-rounded liberal arts education, learn to communicate your ideas effectively in visual, verbal, and written form.

Visual art and culture major options

Graduate programs

Instructor speaking to art students.

Immersive academics

Get ready to meet your next mentor. You’ll be prepared, confident, and ready for your career.

Helping you succeed

Make a smart investment in your future. Access financial aid and friendly support.

Our mission

The Art and Design Department is the largest and one of the most varied publicly funded departments of art and design in Missouri. MSU A+D is dedicated to providing quality curricular and extra-curricular experiences to develop culturally aware, independently minded, and imaginative leaders by educating the next generation of creative thinkers in the visual and liberal arts, and to prepare individuals for careers in art, graphic design, illustration, art education, art history, and museum studies.

The Department is additionally dedicated to enhancing student and community understanding of and engagement with the visual dimensions of culture, serving the university and broader community through the Robert and Margaret Carolla Arts Exhibition Center, the Brick City Gallery, Cabot Gallery, and other public venues and collaborative service activities. Our graduates often find meaningful careers as graphic designers, educators, professional studio artists, studio and freelance photographers, computer animators, digital artists, museum or gallery personnel, and consultants. 


Missouri State University is an accredited institutional member of the National Association of Schools of Art and Design (NASAD). For additional information regarding accreditation criteria and standards, contact the accrediting agency:

National Association of Schools of Art and Design
11250 Roger Bacon Drive, Suite 21
Reston, VA 20190-5248
(703) 437-0700 Phone