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Art and Design Department

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Our commitment to you

The Art + Design Department stands with our Black students and coworkers in the fight against racism and discrimination of any kind.

Using art and design to communicate the history and intersectionality of human lives is central to our mission through education and civic engagement.

We are willing to listen, learn, and do better to reverse the systemic injustices that have targeted the Black Community.
We will do better.  Find out how.

Make your mark

Our educational and social experiences prepare you for a career in art, design, art education, or art history.

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


BFA - Art

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.


BFA - Design

Let your talents and problem-solving abilities shine through visual communication.


BA - Visual Art and Culture

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 program

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, and art history.

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 Student Exhibition Center, the Brick City Gallery, and other public venues and collaborative service activities.