Prospective Students: Why UCM?
Students majoring in programs within the Department of Art & Design at the University of Central Missouri take courses that prepare them for professional careers as graphic designers, illustrators, interior designers, art teachers, or fine artists. In addition, every student at UCM is required to complete a set of general studies courses that leads to a broad-based liberal arts education, one that develops critical thinking across a broad range of subjects.
All of our degree programs and courses are subject to a rigorous review by the National Association of Schools of Art and Design (NASAD). UCM is one of only 280 schools across the nation and the only four-year state supported school in Missouri accredited by NASAD. We have held this prestigious accreditation continuously since 1985.
UCM's art and design degree programs serve more than 450 students with a student-to-faculty ratio of around 20-to-1. Classes are a little larger for beginning students, while upper-level students benefit from independent study. The department is one of the largest on campus at UCM, but maintains a personal student-centered focus. Our sole focus as a department is providing you with the best undergraduate education in art and design and preparing you to move directly into your career field.
The student Survival Guide offers students a detailed map for a four year track through the Department of Art & Design. Our Portfolio Information sheet will help answer questions regarding the submission of your portfolio, recommendations and guidelines.