Admission Requirements

To begin course work in the field of art, you initially need to be admitted to Missouri State. Before completing 75 credit hours, you must also be admitted to a degree program.

The admission process

To gain full admittance into the art program, follow the steps below:

  1. Declare or change your major to art by visiting the Academic Advising and Transfer Center.
  2. Meet with your assigned advisor to discuss admission requirements and to develop a plan of study.
  3. Complete the program’s admission requirements.
  4. Work with the art and design department to complete the Application to a Degree Program form to update your record.

When you declare your major, you will be listed as a pre-major until you satisfy all admission requirements.


Bachelor of Fine Arts

Admission requirements

In addition to completing Foundations courses (ART 100, 101, 110, 115). Note: ART 215 is required for some areas of emphasis. Students must pass the Candidacy Review for BFA in Art. A selection of work from Foundation and Studio Core areas is to be submitted to a committee of the art studio faculty for review during the first semester of the student’s junior year. Students must have a 3.00 or higher GPA in the major and a Missouri State cumulative GPA of at least 2.50 to be admitted to candidacy. Student records will be encumbered at seventy-five hours if the student has not yet been admitted to a degree program. It is the student’s responsibility to apply for the review which is held during the fall and spring semesters. ART 499, Senior Exhibition, cannot be taken unless the Candidacy Review has been passed. Transfer students with more than sixty hours completed must apply for candidacy during their first semester.

Major requirements (76 hours)

Major core (55-61 hours)
  1. Foundations (12 hours): ART 100(3), 101(3), 110(3), 115(3).
  2. Studio Core (15 hours): Complete five courses with at least one from each of the three groups below:
    1. ART 202(3), 215(3), 225(3), 242(3).
    2. ART 212(3), 223(3), 235(3).
    3. ART 210(3), 230(3); 254(3) or 255(3).
  3. Art History (15 hours): ART 271(3), 272(3); ART 273(3) or 274(3); and six hours of art history electives from: ART 377(3), 387(3), 388(3), 471(3), 472(3), 475(3), 476(3), 478(3), 480(3), 483(3), 484(3), 485(3), 486(3), 487(3), 488(3), 496(3).
  4. Senior Exhibition (4 hours): ART 499(4) A presentation of work that reflects the technical, aesthetic, and conceptual issues from the area in which the majority of art course work has been taken. Coursework includes the development of professional artistic practices including resume construction, artist's statements, preparation and installation of an exhibition, development of exhibition proposals, and any additional content deemed relevant to prepare the student for a career in the visual arts. This work must demonstrate the attainment of a level of conceptual and technical maturity judged by a committee of the art studio faculty to meet qualitative standards required for the granting of the BFA degree in Art.
  5. Public Affairs Capstone Experience will be fulfilled by completion of ART 499(4).
  6. Art and Design Electives (9-15 hours): additional courses from across the Art and Design course offerings in studio, design, art history, art education, museum studies, or aesthetics (PHI 320(3)) outside of the area of emphasis (option), nine hours of which must be at the 300 level or higher, chosen with advisement, bringing the total number of hours in Art and Design to no fewer than 76. Students with an emphasis in computer animation or photography may use MED 345(3) or MED 365(3) towards fulfillment of this requirement. ART 200 cannot be used to satisfy this requirement.
Complete one of the following options (Studio Emphasis area):

Note: 15-21 hours of courses numbered 300 or higher is required.

3D Studies (Ceramics; Metals and Jewelry; Sculpture) option:
  1. Required: ART 212(3), 223(3), 235(3).
  2. Additional hours from: ART 312(3), 313(6), 314(3-12), 322(3), 323(3), 324(3-12), 335(3), 336(3-9), 399(3-6), 435(3-12).
Computer Animation option:
  1. Required: ART 330(3), 331(3), 430(3), 431(3).
  2. Additional hours from: ART 432(3-6), 399(3-6).
Drawing option:
  1. Required: ART 315(3-9), 316(3-9).
  2. Additional hours from: ART 399(3-6).
New Media option:
  1. ART 310(3), 340(3), 345(3), 410(3).
  2. Additional hours from: ART 330(3), 359(3), 445(3); DES 340(3), 345(3), 497(3); ITC 260(3).
Painting option:
  1. Required: ART 325(3-6).
  2. Additional hours from: ART 326(3-9), 399(3-6), 425(3-9).
Photography option:
  1. Required: ART 255(3).
  2. Additional hours from: ART 354(3), 355(3), 356(3), 357(3), 358(3), 359(3), 399(3), 454(3), 455(3-6).
Printmaking option:
  1. Required: ART 342(3-9).
  2. Additional hours from: ART 343(3-9), 399(3-6).

University level requirements:

  1. General Education Program and Requirements
  2. General Baccalaureate Degree Requirements