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Studio Art: Painting

Bachelor of Fine Arts Degree

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University of Central Missouri students majoring in studio art and pursuing the Bachelor of Fine Arts (BFA) in the areas of either Ceramics, Illustration, 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, and 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.

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.


University of Central Missouri is accredited by the National Association of Schools of Art and Design (NASAD). UCM is the only state-supported 4-year school in Missouri with such accreditation. UCM has held NASAD accreditation continuously 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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