Art

Graphic Design and Studio Art

Our art program builds on drawing as the foundation. The graphic design and studio art majors are closely intertwined. Students are immersed in various approaches to solving design problems, and they emerge as informed and dynamic artists, designers, educators, and contributors to the art field. Professional training is balanced with the development of the whole person through a liberal arts approach. A sense of context is developed through a visual approach to learning art history, ancient through contemporary.

 

Why a degree in Art from Missouri Valley?

Students have extensive access to beautiful studio facilities. Art and Design faculty are working artists and studio classes are individualized, hands-on courses. The Morris Gallery of Contemporary Art brings in artists of national renown to enrich the campus and community, as part of a vibrant visiting artist/ guest critic program. Field trips to Kansas City are regularly incorporated into art classes. We are located in a quiet rural area, an hour from Kansas City, and we create a vibrant culture for art and design students, centered on the excitement of what is made in our studios, including opportunities for students to share their work in the community, through exhibits, symposia, art sales, and art/design projects and internships in the area. We offer excellent printmaking facilities, including silk screen, intaglio, and relief printing, to broaden image making approaches and build marketable skills. In our foundational Design Fundamentals class, art majors study with Marketing majors, building an early collaboration between these fields. Art majors’ study culminates in a senior exhibit, and all art majors develop a personal art website and an application-ready portfolio.

Some of our recent graduates have gone on to:

  • Work as a full time designer designing apps for various clients in Bosnia and Herzegovina
  • Work as the full time graphic designer and digital illustrator for a NC newspaper
  • Acquire a paid internship as a gallery assistant and guest curator at Sager-Reeves Gallery in Columbia, MO
  • Work full time editing wedding videos in Kansas City
  • Work as the Assistant Graphic Designer at University of Wyoming Laramie
  • Earn Master’s degrees
  • Serve as Gallery Director for the Morris Gallery of Contemporary Art, Missouri Valley College
  • Start a clothing brand
  • Present at Art & design conferences

Students, while enrolled, have:

  • Placed fourth in a national Adobe Creative Jams competition (a group of 2 students in 2020)
  • Exhibited at the Varsity Art exhibition in St. Louis
  • Exhibited at the Griot Museum of Black History, St Louis, MO

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 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
  • Studio Artist
  • Illustrator
  • Gallery Director
  • UI/UX designer
  • Web Designer
  • Art Teacher
  • Museum Educator
  • Graduate Program possibilities in Fine Arts, Graphic Design, Curatorial Studies, Art History

Gallery of Student Work


Courses & Concentrations

Degrees offered:

  • BFA Graphic Design
  • BFA Studio Art
  • BA Visual Art
  • BA/ BS Art Education
  • Minor in Art

 

Art Core

Design Fundamentals        AR 115            3 credits

Drawing I                 AR 100        3 credits

Drawing II                AR 212        3 credits

Art History I                AR 301        3 credits

Art History II                AR 310        3 credits

Art History III                AR 405        3 credits

Painting I                AR 331            3 credits

The Business of Art             AR 410        3 credits

Senior Project            AR 490         2 credits

                                26 credits total

 

Graphic Design BFA Concentration (58 credits including the core)

Add to the Art Core:

Intro to Digital Photo            AR 125        3 credits

Graphic Design I             AR 235        3 credits

Website Design            CS 305        3 credits

Printmaking I: Intaglio and Relief     AR 316        3 credits

(can substitute AR 318 Printmaking II: Silkscreen and Monoprint)

Graphic Design II: Typography    AR 335        3 credits

Motion Graphics            AR 337        3 credits

Graphic Design III: Type & Image    AR 340        3 credits

BFA Clearance  (non credit, 1st semester of junior year)

Graphic Design IV: Branding    AR 435        3 credits

Senior Show                 AR 495        2 credits

Upper Division Art Electives                6 credits

(Printmaking II, Drawing III, and Analog Photo are recommended upper division electives in this concentration)

                            With the Art Core, 58 credits total

 

Studio Art BFA Concentration (61 credits including the core)

Add to the Art Core:

Intro to Digital Photo            AR 125        3 credits

Ceramics I                AR 224        3 credits

Sculpture I                AR 232        3 credits

Fibers                    AR 242        3 credits

Printmaking I: Intaglio and Relief     AR 316        3 credits

(can substitute AR 318 Printmaking II: Silkscreen and Monoprint)

Figure Drawing             AR 330        3 credits

Sculpture II                 AR 332         3 credits

Painting II                AR 345        3 credits

BFA Clearance (non credit, 1st semester of junior year)

Painting III                 AR 355        3 credits

(can substitute AR350, Intermediate Studio Elective, in another media with special permission)

Painting IV                 AR 455        3 credits

(can substitute AR450, Advanced Studio Elective, in another media with special permission)

Senior Show                 AR495        2 credits

Art elective                            3 credits

(Printmaking II, Analog Photography, Ceramics II, Drawing III, Graphic Design I, and Graphic Design II: Typography are recommended electives in this concentration)

                            With the Art Core, 61 credits total

 

Visual Art BA Concentration (49 credits including the core)

Add to the Art Core:

Sculpture I                 AR 232        3 credits

Painting II                AR 345        3 credits

Painting III                 AR 355        3 credits

(can substitute AR350, Intermediate Studio Elective, in another media with special permission)

3 credits from:

Intro to Digital Photo            AR 125

Ceramics I                 AR 224

Graphic Design I             AR 235

Figure Drawing             AR 330

3 credits from:

Analog Photography            AR 325

Sculpture II                AR 332

Ceramics II                AR 334

Graphic Design II: Typography    AR 335

9 hours AR electives from the following

(6 of which must be upper division in different media areas):

Intro to Digital Photo            AR 125

Ceramics I                 AR 224

Fibers                    AR 242

Drawing III                AR 312

Printmaking I                AR 316

Printmaking II                AR 318

Analog Photography            AR 325

Sculpture II                AR 332

Ceramics II                AR 334

Graphic Design III: Type and    AR 340

Image

Motion Graphics            AR 337

Painting IV                AR 455

Senior Show                AR 495

                            With the Art Core, 49 credits total

 

Major requirements for Art Education Certification (BA/BS)

See Education section.

 

Art Minor 

Twenty one (21) hours of Art curriculum above AR 100, including at least 9 hours of upper division


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