Studio Art BFA, Graphic Design 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.

ST ART 1020Expanded Artforms3
ST ART 1140Drawing I (MOTR PERF 105D)3
ST ART 11502D Design: Surface3
ST ART 11513D Design: Space3
ST ART 2205Graphic Design I3
ST ART 2220Computer Design I3
Select three courses from the following:9
Drawing II
Painting I
Printmaking I
Photography I
Ceramics I
Sculpture I
Introduction to Fibers and Textiles
Entrepreneurship for the Visual Arts
History of Art and Visual Culture
ART HS 1100Introduction to Western Art (MOTR ARTS 100)3
ART HS 2280Modern to Contemporary Art3
ART HS 2261History of Graphic Design3
Choose one of the following courses: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
Major (Graphic Design Emphasis)
ST ART 2210Typography3
ST ART 2221Computer Design II3
ST ART 3305Graphic Design II3
ST ART 3310Graphic Design III3
ST ART 3311Graphic Design IV3
ST ART 3320Advanced Problems in Graphic Design I3
ST ART 3321Advanced Problems in Graphic Design II3
Choose three courses from the following:9
Advanced Topics in Graphic Design
Introduction to Motion
Image Making for Graphic Design
ST ART 3316
Two 2000 or 3000-level ST ART or ART HS course6
ST ART 4497Senior Seminar in Graphic Design I3
ST ART 4498Senior Seminar in Graphic Design II3
Total Hours81

Learning Outcomes

Upon completion of the program, graduates will be able to:

  • Develop visual and verbal responses to visual phenomena, and organize perceptions and conceptualizations both rationally and intuitively
  • Explain the major achievements in the history of art and design, including the works and intentions of leading artists and designers in the past and present
  • Develop the capacity to identify and/or solve visual problems within a variety of physical, technological, social, and cultural contexts
  • Explain and evaluate contemporary thinking about art or design
  • Develop competence in a number of art or design techniques
  • Make valid assessments of quality and effectiveness in design projects and works of art, especially their own

Sample Four Year Plan

First Year
INTDSC 10031ST ART 33053
ST ART 22053ST ART 22213
ST ART 22203ST ART 11513
ST ART 11403ST ART 10203
ST ART 11503MATH 10203
ENGL 11003 
 16 15
Second Year
ST ART 33103ST ART 33113
ST ART 33063ST ART 22603
ST ART 22853ST ART 22303
ART HS 11003ART HS Non-western Art History Course3
CORE - US History and Government3EXPLORE - Math and Sciences3
 15 15
Third Year
ST ART 33203ST ART 33213
ST ART 33153ST ART 33163
ART HS 22613ST ART elective3
ENGL 31003ART HS 22803
CORE - Comminication Proficiency3EXPLORE - Social Sciences3
 15 15
Fourth Year
ST ART 44973ST ART 44983
ST ART 33143CORE - Information Literacy 3
ST 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.