If you have an imaginative mind, a major in art can be a way for you to channel your creative energy. The art program provides aspiring artists, designers and art teachers with professional training in an environment that fosters creativity, analytical thinking and historical analysis of visual imagery. The department hosts many special events for the campus and community, including guest lectures, film festivals, visiting artist demonstrations, gallery openings and exhibitions, and more.  

Why a degree in Art from Missouri Valley?

With a professional art gallery that hosts rotating exhibits, the MVC campus fully embraces the visual arts. Our program offers classes in drawing, painting, ceramics, photography, graphic design, animation, printmaking, fibers, illustration, and art history. Our art faculty bring a wide array of expertise to the department and will work with you both in and outside of the classroom to help nurture and develop your own unique artistic vision. Our faculty are exhibiting artists who spend time in their own studios, which enables them to bring a fresh perspective to working with students. The Fine Art Department offers scholarships to help offset the cost of tuition. Interested students may submit a portfolio containing 15 to 20 samples of their best work. Portfolios may be submitted in person with original work or submitted online through email in a digital portfolio. Please contact the faculty by email to submit portfolios or to request more information.

Career Possibilities

  • Graphic Designer
  • Teaching
  • Advertising
  • Illustrator
  • Photographer
  • Art Therapy
  • Museum Educator
  • Gallery Director
  • Web Designer
  • Gallery Artist
  • Curatorial Assistant

Graduate Program Possibilities

  • Fine Arts (Master of Fine Arts, Master of Arts or Master of Art Education)
  • Curatorial Studies
  • Art History

Courses & Concentrations

Degree in Fine Arts- Art

A BFA is a standard undergraduate degree for students seeking a professional education in the visual or performing arts, and requires an area of specialty. We offer a concentration in graphic design or studio art.

Graphic Design Concentration

The graphic design concentration focuses on both traditional and digital graphic design production tools. You’ll develop an understanding of the purpose of graphic design, design best practices and advanced techniques with illustration software. The graphic design concentration requires 60 hours of art courses.

Studio Art Concentration

The studio art concentration is for students who wish to pursue a career as a professional artist. You’ll get hands-on experience working and learning about a number of mediums including two-dimensional design, paint, photography, drawing, sculpture, fibers, and printmaking. You’ll also take a course in the business of art where you’ll learn finance and art investing, art evaluation, and gallery ownership and representation. The studio art concentration requires 60 hours of art courses.

Degree in Art Education

A bachelor’s degree in art education is designed for students wanting to pursue teaching as a career. You’ll learn the teaching strategies required to instruct K-12 grade students. If you wish to teach art, you must complete the art major coursework and classes necessary for the teacher education program. The program requires a total of 80 hours.

Degree in Visual Art

The bachelor’s degree in visual arts program is for student who want a broad liberal arts education or who want to double major with another area. You may choose focus on one media area, these include photography, ceramics/sculpture or painting. You’ll also take a course in the business of art where you’ll learn finance and art investing, art evaluation, and gallery ownership and representation. The program requires a total of 45 hours.

Minor in Art

Our minor program is designed for students who want an introduction to the concepts and functions of the visual arts offered in a professional training program. You’ll learn basic competence and skills in the use and application of a variety of media. This basic knowledge of art concepts is helpful for students interested in careers in business, marketing, public relations and communications. It can also be valuable to students who desire a creative outlet. Coursework includes 21 hours of the art curriculum, including at least nine hours of upper division credit.

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Sara Fletcher
Assistant Professor of Studio Art
Director of the Morris Gallery of Contemporary Art
Interim Co-Chair, Division of Fine Arts
Carley Cullen
Assistant Professor of Graphic Design

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