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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.
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.