Let your imagination lead the way while you hone your artistic craft in one of the University of Central Missouri’s affordable and accredited programs in Art and Design.
Art and Design has five unique fields of study
NASAD-accredited since 1986
Small classes and individual attention
Nationally recognized programs
Work in the field and even study abroad
Your choice of student organizations
Faculty are artists and educators
When you join one of our Art and Design programs, you’ll benefit from an experience-driven curriculum with a close-knit community:
Helping artists find their creative voices since 1872, we remain the longest continually NASAD-accredited four-year public Art and Design program in Missouri. When you graduate from one of our programs, you’ll be recognized by employers and universities across the country for your dedication and expertise.
Our Art and Design programs can prepare you for a huge variety of careers in art and related fields, including:
Our graduates have also been accepted into prestigious graduate programs, including Maryland Institute College of Art, Arizona State University and Kendall College of Art and Design, to name only a few.
Undergraduate Majors and Minors
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.
The UCM High School Art Exhibition is a selection of outstanding artwork which will be on display March 4-22, 2024. 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:
The call for all art entries begins January 1, 2024 and closes February 11, 2024.
Questions about the Exhibition? Contact Jamie Platt, Gallery Director, at email@example.com or 660-543-4498.
The 2024 High School Art Contest Day will be held on Friday, March 22, 2024. Registration begins February 1, 2024.
Questions about the Contest Day? Contact Justin Shaw at firstname.lastname@example.org or 660-543-8717.