Welcome to the Art Program

The MU Art Department was originally founded in 1877. In 2017 it joined with Art History, Film Studies and Digital Storytelling to become the Art Program within a new School of Visual Studies.

The Art Program offers BA, BFA, and MFA degrees. The department has approximately 250 undergraduate and 25 graduate students each year. Instruction includes drawing, painting, printmaking, photography, graphic design, ceramics, fibers, sculpture, and new media, with approximately 90 courses offered each semester. Undergraduates can take part in a Summer Study Abroad Program that alternates each year between travel to Italy and to the Netherlands and Belgium. The three-year MFA program provides individual studios.

The program is housed principally within the Fine Arts Building. Facilities include a printmaking studio, photography labs for digital and traditional processes, a papermaking/fiber facility, an anagama kiln, a bronze-casting facility, and three state-of-the-art digital labs.  

The Art Program also operates the George Caleb Bingham Gallery, which features student, faculty, and visiting artist exhibitions. Other faculty and student university resources include the Museum of Art and Archaeology, the State Historical Society of Missouri, the Craft Studio Gallery, and the extensive collections of Ellis Library.   

The University of Missouri has cultivated a reputation of excellence in teaching and research since 1839. As one of only 36 public universities holding membership in the prestigious Association of American Universities, MU boasts many high-ranking programs and an enrollment of over 34,000 students (including over 7,000 masters, doctoral, and professional students) from the United States and more than 100 countries around the world.