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Undergraduate Programs

We provide a creative and comprehensive learning environment that leads students in the discovery of a broad liberal arts education and serves as the foundation for further academic and career-oriented pursuits.

At The Department of Art and Art History at UMKC, you will enjoy small class sizes with interactive learning experiences; internship, mentoring and professional development opportunities; and relationships with community arts organizations and immersion in a dynamic urban arts scene.

Degree Options

We offer three degree options for undergraduate students.

Bachelor of Arts in Studio Art

Students graduating with a B.A. degree in Studio Art will be prepared for entry into a professional school, a graduate program or the job market.

Learn more about the B.A. in Studio Art

The Studio Art faculty is comprised of accomplished and actively exhibiting artists. Teaching laboratories and studios are equipped with advanced technologies as well as traditional tools.

Career opportunities in Studio Art include graphic design, interactive design, video arts, motion graphics, photography, digital arts, illustration, education and arts administration. For incoming freshmen, there are no special requirements beyond those for admission to the University.

Requirements can be found in the UMKC Undergraduate Catalog.

Bachelor of Arts in Art History

Students graduating with a B.A. degree in Art History will be prepared for entry into a graduate program or the job market.

Learn more about the B.A. in Art History.

The faculty is comprised of dedicated and actively publishing art historians – one with a joint appointment at the Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art. Classes make use of the extensive collections at The Nelson-Atkins located three blocks away, as well as the major contemporary collections in Kansas City, including those of the Kemper Museum of Contemporary Art, the Belger Arts Center and the Nerman Museum of Contemporary Art.

Career paths in Art History include work in museums and galleries, educational institutions, and arts administration. Other career choices that mesh well with an Art History degree are publishing, art appraisal, non-profit art or history organizations, archival work, and library science. There are no special requirements beyond those for admission to the University to become an Art History major.

Requirements can be found in the UMKC Undergraduate Catalog.

Minors: Art History / Art & Visual Communication / Studio Art

Students can also choose a minor in Art History, Art and Visual Communication or Studio Art, all of which provide students with a comprehensive foundation of their chosen subject while they pursue another major.

Learn more about the Minors in Art and Art History.

Students who declare a minor should see their departmental advisor every semester until the minor is completed. If a student is interested in declaring a minor, they should make an appointment to talk to a department advisor as soon as possible.

Requirements can be found in the UMKC Undergraduate Catalog:

Art History

Art & Visual Communication

Studio Art