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Art Minor

Broaden the scope of your degree program or explore a long-held passion — or both — with the University of Central Missouri’s Art minor. This minor is highly customizable, enabling you to achieve the academic and creative goals that matter to you most.

You can effectively create a concentration within the minor with your course selection. Whether you choose graphic design to support your Public Relations major or photography to expand your options as an anthropologist, the UCM Art minor is the perfect way to prepare for your ideal career.

Adding a minor in Art to your UCM degree program signals to future employers and graduate schools that you’re a creative thinker willing to challenge yourself. Studying art adds dimension to your education and enriches your once-in-a-lifetime college experience.

An Art minor with a pedigree

The University of Central Missouri’s Art program is accredited by the National Association of Schools of Art and Design (NASAD). Your Art minor will give you a taste of an art school experience, putting you in hands-on classes taught by practicing artists and giving you around-the-clock access to our well-equipped studios.

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UCM has been accredited by NASAD since 1986

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Art school experience

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Customize courses to your interests

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Enrich any undergraduate degree program


What you will study

UCM’s Art minor has a few core classes, but most will reflect your individual interests and goals. You can choose to emphasize graphic design, interior design, art education, studio art, illustration, sculpture, ceramics, printmaking, painting or photography within the minor.

Some of the coursework for your minor in Art may include:

  • Foundations: A requirement for Art majors as well as minors, this set of classes provides grounding in the use of visual elements within the context of the principles of design. 
  • Global Arts and Culture: Humans have created art in every culture for as long as there have been human cultures. Gain a better understanding of this universal language and how art is perceived around the world. 
  • Drawing: At its core, drawing is a way to better observe the world. Take advantage of your Art minor’s flexibility to develop this important visual communication skill.


Excellence in Art

  • #2: Best Value Bachelor's Degree College for Design & Applied Arts in Missouri (College Factual, 2022)
  • A Best Value Bachelor's Degree College for Fine & Studio Arts (College Factual, 2022)
  • A Best Value for Commercial and Advertising Art (College Factual, 2022)
  • A Best Value College for Fine Arts (College Factual, 2022)
  • A Best Value Bachelor's Degree College for Fine Arts (College Factual, 2022)
  • Top 15%: Best Value Colleges for Design and Applied Arts (College Factual, 2021)
  • UCM is the longest continuously NASAD-accredited public university in Missouri


Unique learning opportunities in art

Adding a UCM Art minor to your undergraduate degree program opens up many new learning opportunities. Our proximity to Kansas City, just 45 minutes away, enables a fruitful dialog with the Art program. Engage with visiting artists on campus and visit the museums, galleries, design firms and small businesses that contribute to the region’s thriving, vibrant arts and design scene. 

Minoring in Art at UCM gives you access to:

  • Spring Citation Show: Participate in the University of Central Missouri’s annual student art and design show. This externally juried show offers cash awards in addition to the chance to exhibit your art in a professional setting.
  • Kleppe Visiting Artist Speaker Series: Visiting artists provide glimpses into their work and path to success in this popular lecture series.
  • Active Art student life: Make new friends who share your passions — and take advantage of professional development opportunities — by joining our active student organizations at UCM Art and Design. Groups include the Student Artist Coalition, Art Education Club, Ceramics Club, the student chapter of the American Institute of Graphic Arts, the Interior Design Student Association and more.


What can you do with a minor in Art from UCM?

An Art minor from UCM supports a wide variety of personal and professional goals. By gaining new ways of looking at the world around us and practicing the self-discipline required to create art, you’ll be better prepared for whatever lies ahead — whether that’s graduate school, entrepreneurship or a competitive job market. 

Students from our program have gone on to jobs in historic preservation, medical illustration, web design and so much more. Visual communication skills and an understanding of how to shape others’ perceptions through design are valuable in any profession. 

Jobs for Art minors

Since this flexible program enhances nearly any major, your degree program will strongly influence your career trajectory. You can use our interactive tool below to explore just some of the salary, hiring and other employment trends relevant to Art minors.




Financial assistance options for your Art minor

An Art minor from the University of Central Missouri increases the value of your undergraduate degree by making you a more versatile, well-rounded candidate for graduate school or jobs in your chosen field.

UCM believes a high-quality college education should be accessible to everyone. Recognized by LendEDU for our commitment to low student debt, we provide our students with an affordable path to graduation through a variety of resources. Your financial aid advisor will work with you to understand your needs and find the best way to finance your college education.

Beyond the grants, loans, work-study programs and other funds available to all students, you may be eligible for school- or program-specific scholarships. Learn more about what additional funding you may qualify for by using the UCM Scholarship Finder.




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The University of Central Missouri’s art programs are accredited by the National Association of Schools of Art and Design (NASAD). UCM has been continuously accredited since 1986.


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