Studio Art BFA, General Fine Arts Emphasis

Candidates for the B.F.A. degree must complete a Foundation and Core Art Program (which is largely satisfied by the A.F.A. degree) and an emphasis area in one of the following: art education, graphic design, or general fine arts studio practice. Studio Art majors are required to take 69 hours in studio art (this includes 27 hours in the foundation and core art program) and 12 hours in Art History. The final 30 hours must be completed in residence at UMSL. Graduating students must also pass a faculty portfolio review.

Advanced Placement in Studio Art Classes: Studio Art Majors who have professional Graphic Design or other professional studio experience may wish to submit a portfolio to a committee of Studio Art faculty. Depending on the nature and the quality of the student’s portfolio, they may be able to obtain exemptions from selected lower level Studio Art courses. Students applying for these exemptions must submit their portfolios prior to the first day of class of their first semester in the BFA Program. Students will be notified in writing if an exemption is granted. Students informed of these waivers will be advised of their requirements in the studio art major. All decisions of the portfolio reviews are final.

General Education

Majors in Studio Art must meet the college and university general education requirements. A foreign language is not required. Studio Art courses required for the degree may not be taken on a satisfactory/ unsatisfactory (S/U) basis. A minimum of 120 hours is required for graduation. Certain Studio Art courses fulfill the humanities and fine arts general education requirement.

Degree Requirements 

ST ART 1020Expanded Artforms3
ST ART 11502D Design: Surface3
ST ART 11513D Design: Space3
ST ART 1140Drawing I (MOTR PERF 105D)3
Select five 2000-level courses from the following:
Graphic Design I
Computer Design I
Drawing II
Comics and Cartoon Illustration
Painting I
Printmaking I
Photography I
Ceramics I
Sculpture I
Entrepreneurship for the Visual Arts
Introduction to Fibers and Textiles
History of Art and Visual Culture
ART HS 1100Introduction to Western Art (MOTR ARTS 100)3
ART HS 2280Modern to Contemporary Art3
Choose one non-Western History of Art and Visual Culture course from the following:3
Global Art and Visual Culture (MOTR ARTS 101)
Indigenous Arts of the Americas
Introduction to the Art and Visual Cultures of Africa
Introduction to the Art and Visual Cultures of Asia
Choose one course from the following:3
Art and Archaeology of The Ancient World
Greek Art and Archaeology
Medieval Art
Italian and Northern European Renaissance Art
Nineteenth Century European Art
American Art to 1876
art hs 2275
Course art hs 2275 Not Found
Special Study
Sophomore/Junior Seminar: Research in Art History
Major (Studio Art Emphasis)
Select ten of the following courses:30
Drawing III
Figure Drawing I
Figure Drawing II
Painting II
Painting III
Watercolor Painting
Printmaking II
ST ART 3352
Course ST ART 3352 Not Found
ST ART 3354
Course ST ART 3354 Not Found
Printmaking: Etching
Photography II
Digital Color Process
Non-Silver Photography
Commercial Applications in Photography
st art 3382
Course st art 3382 Not Found
st art 3385
Course st art 3385 Not Found
Choose two elective courses from any 2000- or 3000-level Studio Practice or History of Art and Visual Culture courses6
ST ART 4495Senior Studio Seminar3
ST ART 4496Senior Studio Seminar3
Total Hours81
First Year
INTDSC 100311ST ART 22303
ST ART 11403ST ART 33333
ST ART 11423ST ART 11513
ST ART 11503ST ART 10203
ENGL 11003ART HS 11003
MATH 10203 
 16 15
Second Year
ST ART 33303ST ART 22353
ST ART 22523ST ART 33513
ART HS Non-western Art History course3ST ART 22853
CORE - US History and Government3ART HS 22803
EXPLORE - Math and Sciences3EXPLORE - Social Sciences3
 15 15
Third Year
ST ART 33823ST ART 33853
ST ART 22453ST ART 33423
ART HS 2000+ level course3ST ART 33443
ENGL 31003ST ART Elective course3
CORE - Communication Proficiency3CORE - Information Literacy3
 15 15
Fourth Year
ST ART 44953ST ART 44963
ST ART 33523ST ART 33563
ST ART Studio Art Elective3EXPLORE - Social Sciences3
EXPLORE - Social Sciences3EXPLORE - Math and Sciences3
EXPLORE - Math and Sciences3Elective or minor2
 15 14
Total Hours: 120

PLEASE NOTE: This plan is an example of what a four year plan could look like for a typical student. Placement exam scores in math as well as the completion of coursework may change the plan. It should not be used in the place of regular academic advising appointments. All students are encouraged to meet with their advisor each semester. All requirements are subject to change.