The School of Visual Studies Art program offers opportunities for creative development, provides instruction in visual literacy, and trains students in the necessary technical and conceptual skills needed to pursue a lifetime of creative activity. Through a variety of studio art courses, students learn critical thinking skills, creative problem solving, and become life-long learners. The Art program offers courses in ceramics, drawing, fibers, graphic design, painting, photography, printmaking, and sculpture. The BA degree is a liberal arts degree in which students complete 30 - 40 hours of studio art courses and 9 hours of courses in Art History. Starting Fall 2015, all students wishing to pursue a BA degree in art must pass the Art Department BA/BFA Portfolio Review. Students who earn a degree in art pursue a variety of careers, including artists; illustrators; art educators; museum and gallery curators and directors; commercial and studio designers; and graphic, web, print and packaging designers. Most businesses are looking for creative thinkers and innovative problem solvers, and these are skills acquired in an art degree.
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Common Career Paths
You can do nearly anything with a Mizzou degree, but here are some common career paths taken by graduates of this major: