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Art and Design @ UCM


Design Your Future 

Maximize your artistic potential as you pursue one of our outstanding and affordable professional degree programs. You’ll benefit from dedicated and engaged faculty, opportunities to interact with visiting artists and designers, and small class sizes. UCM Art and Design is the longest continuously accredited four-year public institution in Missouri by the National Association of Schools of Art and Design (NASAD).

Programs of Excellence

Art and Design offers a BFA in Graphic Design, Interior Design, or Studio Art, a BSE in Art Education with K-12 Certification, and an art minor. At UCM, you will have the opportunity to excel in and outside of the classroom while preparing for your future success. Build your portfolio while helping a nonprofit organization; expand your world by signing up for a study tour; meet students with similar interests in one of our seven student organizations.



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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Prospective Students

See how you can experience learning to a greater degree; join Art and Design!

Our Programs

The Gallery of Art & Design

The Gallery of Art & Design has a wealth of experience and engagement with Art and Design waiting for you.


We offer scholarships for prospective freshmen and transfers, as well as for current students. Only full-time students are eligible. The deadline for applications is February 1 of each year. 

Prospective Student (incoming freshmen and transfer) Scholarships are awarded for both the fall and spring semesters of the first year a student attends UCM while majoring in an Art and Design program. All Incoming Freshman and Transfer scholarships require an online application which includes a digital portfolio. The digital portfolio consists of 15-20 good quality photographs of recent work (saved into one PDF Document (.pdf)), which may include drawings and two- and three-dimensional pieces.

Current Student Scholarships (Foundation Scholarships) are available to currently enrolled Art and Design majors only. These scholarships are available through the University of Central Missouri Foundation Office and have been established by former faculty, alumni, or friends of Art and Design. All Foundation scholarships require an online application at the UCM Scholarship Finder and a submitted online digital portfolio. The digital portfolio consists of 15-20 good quality photographs of recent work (saved into one PDF Document (.pdf)), which may include drawings and two- and three-dimensional pieces.

High School Art Contest & Exhibition

A 50-year tradition! High school teachers and students, enter UCM’s Annual High School Competitive Art Exhibition. Bring your upper level high school students for a day of live art competition and hands-on workshops with our faculty and students during our High School Art Contest Day.

Enter your students’ work in the annual High School Art Exhibition.

Information Letter to Teachers

Contest Day

The Contest Day will be Friday, April 3, 2020

Questions about Contest Day?  Contact Mick Luehrman at or 660-543-4594.

 Register for Contest Day

Art Exhibition

The UCM High School Art Exhibition is a selection of outstanding artwork which will be on display March 23–April 3, 2020. A reception will be held on Saturday, March 28, 2020, from 1:00–3:00 pm. The event is open to all high school students.

Students are allowed two pieces of work and can enter any original work that falls into the following classifications:

  • Drawing
  • Painting (oil, acrylic, watercolor)
  • Mixed Media
  • Printmaking (serigraphy, relief, intaglio)
  • Fibers
  • Design/Graphics
  • Photography (minimum size 5” x 7”)
  • Ceramics
  • Sculpture

The call for all art entries begins January 1, 2020 and closes February 28, 2020.

Questions about the exhibition?  Contact Christian Cutler at or 660-543-4498.


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