Studio Art BFA, Studio Practice 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 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
Renaissance and Baroque Art
Rococo to Realism
Art of the United States
History of Illustration
Special Study
Selected Themes in the History of Art and Visual Culture
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
Printmaking: Screenprinting
Printmaking: Lithography
Printmaking: Etching
Photography II
Digital Color Process
Non-Silver Photography
Commercial Applications in Photography
Advanced 2D Practices
Advanced 3D Practices
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

Learning Outcomes

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

  • 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

Four Year Plan

First Year
INTDSC 10031ST ART 10203
ST ART 11403ST ART 11513
ST ART 11503ST ART 22303
ST ART 11423ST ART 11433
ENGL 11003ART HS 11003
MATH 10203 
 16 15
Second Year
ST ART 2XXX Course in 2D or 3D Practice3ST ART 22353
ST ART 22403ST ART 22853
ART HS XXXX Non-western Art History Course3ST ART 3XXX Course in 2D or 3D Practice3
CORE - US History and Government3ART HS 22803
EXPLORE - Mathematics and Life/Natural Sciences3EXPLORE - Social Sciences3
 15 15
Third Year
ST ART 22453ST ART 11813
ST ART 33823ST ART 22833
ART HS 2XXX Art History Course3ST ART 33853
ENGL 31003ST ART XXXX Studio Art Elective3
CORE - Communication Proficiency3CORE - Information Literacy3
 15 15
Fourth Year
ST ART 33523ST ART 22733
ST ART 44953ST ART 44963
ST ART XXXX Studio Art Elective3EXPLORE - Social Sciences3
EXPLORE - Social Sciences3EXPLORE - Mathematics and Life/Natural Sciences3
EXPLORE - Mathematics and Life/Natural Sciences3Elective or minor2
 15 14
Total Hours: 120