UMSL’s studio art faculty are dedicated teachers and committed artists who exhibit their work nationally and internationally.
Explore your 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 a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Studio Art. Minors in both Studio Art and in History of Art and Visual Culture 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.
BFA Emphasis Areas
The Department of Art & Design at the University of Missouri-St. Louis is dedicated to building and sustaining distinctive programs that are innovative, rigorous, synergistic, and significant to the University’s mission as a Missouri metropolitan public research university. The Department strives to develop analytical abilities and a critical consciousness in the visual arts among its students. It is dedicated to recruiting, retaining, and supporting a faculty engaged in research and creative activity, while encouraging partnerships and collaborative ventures with area arts institutions.
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.
Studio art faculty are dedicated teachers and committed artists. They exhibit regularly in exhibitions of regional, national and international significance, have developed impressive client lists and are sought after to give workshops and oral presentations on their work. Faculty have received grants from the National Endowment for the Arts and the Ford Foundation and been honored by a variety of national and international arts organizations. Their work is included in important public and private collections, including the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, the Saint Louis Art Museum, the Library of Congress, Museum of Contemporary Photography, McDonnell Douglas Corporation and Emerson Electric.
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.