Art

The Art and Design program balances professional training with liberal arts to develop informed, dynamic artists and art educators. Within an immersive studio environment, students apply diverse problem-solving methods, developing a sense of context in art history that expands their ability to create effective and compelling visual communication in studio art and graphic design. The department hosts many special events for the campus and community, including guest lectures, visiting artist demonstrations, gallery openings and exhibitions, and more.

Why a degree in Art from Missouri Valley?

MVC has beautiful studio facilities to which students have extensive access. 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. Field trips to Kansas City are regularly incorporated into art classes. Recently, two of our graphic design majors placed fourth in a national Adobe Creative Jams competition. Two students were invited to exhibit at the Varsity Art exhibition in St. Louis, and another student’s art was accepted for exhibit at the Griot Museum of Black History in St. Louis. Students have recently completed internships at Sager Braudis Gallery in Columbia, MO, and at 50 + 1 strategies as a graphic design intern in CA. A recent Graphic Design BFA graduate is the graphic designer for the Bridgeport Sound Tigers hockey team.

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
  • Web Designer
  • Art Teacher
  • Graduate Program possibilities in Fine Arts, Graphic Design, Curatorial Studies, Art
  • History

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 3 credits

27 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 1 credit
  • Upper Division Art Electives
  • (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 AR 350, Intermediate Studio Elective, in another media with special permission)
  • Painting IV AR 455 3 credits (can substitute AR 450, Advanced Studio Elective, in another media with special permission)
  • Senior Show AR 495 1 credit
  • 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 (50 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 AR 350, 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 Image AR 340
  • Motion Graphics AR 337
  • Painting IV AR 455
  • Senior Show AR 495

With the Art Core, 50 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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Faculty

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

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