Why Art and Art History?

Study in the disciplines of Art and Art History provides students with tools to develop their creative and critical thinking skills, their visual and verbal communication abilities, and their versatility in professional and personal situations.

Career opportunities in Studio Art include graphic design, interactive design, video arts, motion graphics, photography, digital arts, illustration, education and arts administration.

Art Historians can find career paths in 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.


Students on annual student trip to Seattle in 2019

At the Department of Art and Art History at UMKC, you will enjoy small class sizes with interactive learning experiences. We serve a variety of students – ranging from the non-major to the professionally oriented.

Our faculty is comprised of accomplished and nationally exhibiting artists, as well as dedicated and actively publishing art historians – one with a joint appointment at the Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art.

The strong adjunct faculty consists of local artists, art educators and professionals, and Curators from The Nelson-Atkins regularly offer advanced Art History courses.

Outside of the classroom, the department’s own UMKC Gallery of Art, visiting artists and scholars, gallery exhibitions supplement coursework and provide unique interactive learning opportunities.  We engage students in high-impact learning trips that span from local artists’ studios to active art hubs across the country.

Students on an annual student trip to Seattle in 2019

At Home in Kansas City

UMKC’s location in the City of Fountains makes it an ideal place for studio art and art history students.

Physical proximity and professional connections to the museums, studios and organizations in Kansas City’s vibrant arts community offer students additional opportunities for internships, visiting artists, and enrichment programs to enhance their education.