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Studio Art: Illustration

Bachelor of Fine Arts Degree

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Through the University of Central Missouri's Bachelor of Fine Arts (BFA) degree in Studio Art, with an emphasis in Illustration, students develop their creative talents and technical skills to become illustrators.

Students master creative problem solving, conceptual and aesthetic judgment, and the use of traditional and digital techniques through instruction from highly experienced faculty and from 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 Studio Art, 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. Work assignments include illustration executed for printed and web advertising, entertainment, and technical fields. The Illustration program serves the needs of a changing industry and graduates hold fulfilling employment across the nation and in many foreign countries. The combination of talent, motivation, program content, and excellent instruction continues to serve our Illustration 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, Wacom tablets, printers and other peripherals that are standard in their career field.


UCM's Department of Art & Design is accredited by the National Association of Schools of Art and Design (NASAD). UCM is the only state-supported four-year school in Missouri with such accreditation. UCM has held NASAD accreditation since 1986. Of the approximately 2,000 college art programs nationwide, NASAD has approved less than 15 percent, based on proven rigor and content.

Career Services

UCM's Office of Career Services assists students seeking internships, summer and campus jobs, part-time, and full-time employment. They also provide assistance with writing cover letters and resumes and offer a career library, mock interviews, and career counseling. The office also serves representatives of business, government, industry, and education who are looking for prospective employees. Over 700 employers visit UCM each year to conduct interviews on campus. Career Services may be reached at 660-543-4985 or Visit their website at

Scholarships & Financial Aid

UCM's Student Financial Services Office offers nearly $7 million in merit-based scholarships each year to students who demonstrate academic excellence, leadership, special talents, or potential in a specific field of study. The primary mission of the office is to help students and their families identify and apply for appropriate financial resources to help pay the educational and living expenses they'll incur to attend UCM. Student Financial Services may be reached at 660-543-8266 or visit their website at

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