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Bachelor of Fine Arts at UCM
Art Education at the University of Central Missouri
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Studio Art

University of Central Missouri students majoring in studio art and pursuing a Bachelor of Fine Arts (BFA) Degree can choose a concentraion in the following areas:

Students will be expected to demonstrate the highest level of ability in foundation art courses and clearly excel in their chosen area of emphasis.

Studio majors who earn the BFA degree in one of these areas often pursue careers as college or university professors by continuing their education and earning the necessary graduate degrees. Others may work as freelance artists, and in related fields that allow for a lifetime of artistic production.

Studio classes emphasize a strong beginning in foundation art. Upper-level courses push students to specialize in their chosen area of emphasis: ceramics, painting, printmaking or sculpture. Students use traditional and contemporary forms of expression to develop their unique visual language. Studio art majors in ceramics, painting, printmaking, or sculpture pursue exhibiting their works in museums, commercial art galleries, corporate collections and private homes. If they achieve at a high enough level, their artwork may be commissioned on request from clients, or sold either directly by the artist or through private art galleries or dealers.

Employment of artists and related workers is expected to grow as fast as the average for all occupations through the year 2010. Because the arts attract many talented people with creative ability, the number of aspiring artists continues to grow.

Facilities

Studio art majors in ceramics, illustration, painting, printmaking, and sculpture at UCM find excellent facilities, individualized working spaces and nationally acclaimed faculty mentors. The department's beautifully renovated Gallery of Art & Design schedules diverse exhibitions and provides students opportunities to exhibit their own work, and an opportunity to win awards and scholarship funding through competitive exhibitions of student work. UCM offers studio art majors, and others, a solid visual arts foundation in a richly diverse and creative environment.

Ceramics

The BFA degree in Ceramics is a comprehensive program that develops skills, techniques, and processes in clay from concept to finished product. This includes knowledge of raw materials, tools, wheel throwing, hand-forming processes, glazing, and firing. The ceramic courses operate with the conviction that the nature of the material and process, when properly guided, will enable the student to discover design principals inherent in the nature of the clay and processes. This objective continues through the advanced courses, which place emphasis on fostering thoughtful production by using technical processes and at the same time promoting student exploration of innovative, personal, and expressive directions.

The Ceramics Art Annex is a 40’ x 108’ freestanding structure with 12ft ceilings and many large windows promoting natural light. It is equipped with a multitude of ceramic and woodworking hand tools as well as current subscriptions to all major ceramic periodicals,
separate studio space for majors, and attached outdoor covered and fenced 40’x20’ kiln pad.

Opportunities include: Clay Club, which attends NCECA (National Council on Education for the Ceramic Arts) Symposium, Yuma Symposium, Yuma Arizona Students have also been included in helping ceramic artists install at the Daum Museum of Contemporary Arts. Field trips include Daum Museum and First Friday openings in Kansas City.

Illustration

Through the University of Central Missouri’s Bachelor of Fine Arts Degree in Studio Art, Emphasis in Illustration, students develop their creative talents and technical skills to become illustrators.

Students master creative problem solving, as well as conceptual and aesthetic judgment through instruction from highly experienced faculty and guided hands-on experience in studios and laboratories.

Traditional and Electronic Media

The Illustration Emphasis Area stresses mastery of traditional media in drawing and painting, but students are also encouraged to use 3D media when the idea warrants this approach. Students also learn to use the computer as an art tool.

In early program area classes Illustration majors follow the same path as Graphic Design majors, allowing them to learn basic graphic design skills that make intensive use of the computer. In this way students come to better understand how the illustrator’s job relates to that of the graphic designer and the teamwork that is an important part of work in both fields.

Career Opportunities

There are career opportunities available globally and for a wide range of salaries. Typical kinds of work assignments include illustration executed for magazines, newspapers, newsletters, annual reports, advertising, book jackets, CD covers, posters, etc. The Illustration program has kept up with a changing industry and graduates hold fulfilling employment across the nation and in many foreign countries. Because of this, UCM’s program continues to grow in both numbers and quality. The combination of talent, motivation, program content, and excellent instruction continues to serve our Illustration art students’ career objectives well.

State-of-the Art Facilities

For their work using electronic technology, students utilize labs containing up-to-date Macintosh computers, software, scanners, printers and other peripherals that are standard in their career field.

Painting and Drawing

University of Central Missouri students majoring in studio art and pursuing the Bachelor of Fine Arts (BFA) Degree in the areas of either Ceramics, Painting, Printmaking, or Sculpture will be expected to demonstrate the highest level of ability in foundation art courses and clearly excel in their chosen area of emphasis.

Studio majors who earn the BFA degree in one of these areas often pursue careers as college or university professors by continuing their education and earning the necessary graduate degrees. Others may work as freelance artists, and in related fields that allow for a lifetime of artistic production.

Studio classes emphasize a strong beginning in foundation art. Upper-level courses push students to specialize in their chosen area of emphasis: ceramics, painting, printmaking or sculpture. Students use traditional and contemporary forms of expression to develop their unique visual language. Studio art majors in ceramics, painting, printmaking, or sculpture pursue exhibiting their works in museums, commercial art galleries, corporate collections and private homes. If they achieve at a high enough level, their artwork may be commissioned on request from clients, or sold either directly by the artist or through private art galleries or dealers.

Employment of artists and related workers is expected to grow as fast as the average for all occupations through the year 2010. Because the arts attract many talented people with creative ability, the number of aspiring artists continues to grow.

Facilities

Studio art majors in ceramics, painting, printmaking, and sculpture at UCM find excellent facilities, individualized working spaces and nationally acclaimed faculty mentors. The department beautifully renovated Gallery of Art & Design schedules diverse exhibitions and provides students opportunities to exhibit their own work, and the opportunity to win awards and scholarship funding through competitive exhibitions of student work. UCM offers studio art majors, and others, a solid visual arts foundation in a richly diverse and creative environment.

Printmaking

The printmaking area at Central is a comprehensive program involving experiences in serigraphy, intaglio, lithography and relief printmaking. The latest techniques, focusing on the reduction of hazardous materials, are employed for the students’ utmost safety. In this user-friendly environment, students are encouraged to capitalize on the unique aspects of the various printmaking processes as a means to fulfill personal artistic expression.

Students are required to take Printmaking I as a means of becoming acquainted with the basics of the various printmaking processes. The student then advances to Printmaking II and III where he or she continues to explore the printmaking processes on a more complex and personal level. These advanced courses are repeatable up to 9 credit hours each, with a culmination of experiences in Studio Seminar.

While engaged in the printmaking program the student can make use of twenty-one hundred square feet of studio/classroom space, including a remodeled acid room area and a large pressroom. The lithographic equipment available to the student includes a vintage Parks press, and a recently acquired Takach press, with a 33 x 60 inch press bed. A large Charles Brand etching press and a table model Sturgis press serve the needs of the student involved in producing intaglio and relief printmaking. A V28 Amergraph exposure unit and Atlas exposure table also provide the means for the student to experience a variety of photo-printmaking techniques.

The printmaking major can take advantage of the Student Artist Coalition, thus allowing the individual to engage with other art majors for the purpose of enhancing their college experience with field trips, lectures, exhibitions, guest speakers and social events encompassing the visual arts.

Sculpture

University of Central Missouri students majoring in studio art and pursuing the Bachelor of Fine Arts (BFA) Degree in the areas of either Ceramics, Painting, Printmaking, or Sculpture will be expected to demonstrate the highest level of ability in foundation art courses and clearly excel in their chosen area of emphasis.

Studio majors who earn the BFA degree in one of these areas often pursue careers as college or university professors by continuing their education and earning the necessary graduate degrees. Others may work as freelance artists, and in related fields that allow for a lifetime of artistic production.

Studio classes emphasize a strong beginning in foundation art. Upper-level courses push students to specialize in their chosen area of emphasis: ceramics, painting, printmaking or sculpture. Students use traditional and contemporary forms of expression to develop their unique visual language. Studio art majors in ceramics, painting, printmaking, or sculpture pursue exhibiting their works in museums, commercial art galleries, corporate collections and private homes. If they achieve at a high enough level, their artwork may be commissioned on request from clients, or sold either directly by the artist or through private art galleries or dealers.

Employment of artists and related workers is expected to grow as fast as the average for all occupations through the year 2010. Because the arts attract many talented people with creative ability, the number of aspiring artists continues to grow.

Facilities

Studio art majors in ceramics, painting, printmaking, and sculpture at UCM find excellent facilities, individualized working spaces and nationally acclaimed faculty mentors. The department beautifully renovated Gallery of Art & Design schedules diverse exhibitions and provides students opportunities to exhibit their own work, and the opportunity to win awards and scholarship funding through competitive exhibitions of student work. UCM offers studio art majors, and others, a solid visual arts foundation in a richly diverse and creative environment.