UMSL’s faculty in Studio Art have exhibited their work nationally and internationally, while UMSL’s Art Historians are recognized scholars who present their research and publish regularly in the field’s leading journals and academic presses.
The University of Missouri – Saint Louis Art and Art History programs encourage students to explore their creativity and critical thinking through courses that focus on the history and practice of the visual arts. Our students engage in a dynamic discourse with the creative world and are prepared for careers that emphasize design thinking, historical critique and research, and the fine and commercial arts.
The Department offers courses leading toward the BA in Art History and the BFA in Studio Art. Minors in both Art History and Studio Art are also available, as well as a certificate in photographic studies. UMSL offers art teacher certification to BFA candidates and post-degree students who complete the proper education requirements. We are the only university in the region that combines the professional practice of the BFA with teacher certification.
BA in Art History
BFA Emphasis Areas
The Department of Art and Art History maintains a Visual Resources Center, which has over 125,000 slides and dozens of art documentaries and movies. We are constantly adding to the 25,000 digital images in our Madison Digital Imaging Database, for faculty research and teaching. Through our MDID database, UMSL leads a collaborative effort with the digital collections at UMKC and UM-Columbia, allowing our students and faculty to access images across the system.
Students are encouraged to showcase their art or intern as gallery assistants in any of UMSL’s three excellent galleries: Gallery 210, Gallery FAB or Gallery Visio. Beyond the rich offerings on campus, the metropolitan region of St. Louis has numerous internationally regarded museums and galleries, including the Saint Louis Art Museum, the Laumeier Sculpture Park, the Contemporary Art Museum-St. Louis, and the Pulitzer Collection. Cherokee Street, Old North, the Maplewood Arts District, the Loop, Midtown and the Central West End provide neighborhood arts communities that encourage a vibrant culture of creativity for our students interest in creative practice, arts business, or curatorial practice.
Faculty-led study abroad opportunities are a special addition to our program. Students have the opportunity to travel to Amsterdam, Bangalore, Florence, London and Paris on trips dedicated to Art History, Graphic Design, Photography, and General Studio classes.
The Ferring Travel Study Program is a competitive fellowship that allows junior and senior students to travel for free to major art centers in the US, including New York, Chicago, and Los Angeles.
The SLU-UMSL Undergraduate Art History Symposium is a collaboration with the Art History program at St. Louis University. Students from both programs compete to present their research in an annual shared event, open to the community.
The University of Missouri–St. Louis is the largest public research university located in Missouri's most populous and economically important region. Founded in 1963, we enroll nearly 17,000 students, and we are home to more than 1,400 faculty members.