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Samantha Bradfield
Samantha Bradfield

Matt McDonald
Matt McDonald

Tatiana Johnson
Tatiana Johnson

Wolfgang Bucher
Wolfgang Bucher

Madelyn Stewart
Madelyn Stewart

Craig Auge
Craig Auge

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The programs offered by the Department of Art and Art History provide 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. We serve a variety of students – ranging from the non-major to the professionally oriented – and offer minors, Bachelor of Arts and Master of Arts degrees in Art History or Studio Art. Art History also participates in the Interdisciplinary Ph.D. program.

Interested in seeing if the Department of Art and Art History is the right fit for you? We invite you to view the facilities and meet with a department academic advisor. Transfer students will want to make an appointment to have their transcripts evaluated at the department level.

Undergraduate Programs

For incoming freshmen, there are no special requirements beyond those for admission to the University. Transfer students to UMKC need to meet with both a department and a general education advisor prior to beginning classes to evaluate their transcripts to determine course equivalencies.

Studio Art BA
The undergraduate Studio Art program at UMKC offers a Bachelor of Arts (B.A.) degree. 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.

Studio Art Degree Requirements

Art History BA
The Art History program at UMKC offers a Bachelor of Arts (B.A.) degree. 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.

Art History BA Degree Requirements

Minors – Art History/Studio Art
A minor in the Department of Art & Art History can be in Art History or in Studio Art. Students who declare a minor should see their advisor in the department 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.

Minor-BA Art History/Studio Art Requirements

Graduate Programs

Studio Art M.A.
In its Studio Art program, the UMKC Department of Art and Art History offers a Master of Arts (M.A.) degree. Each student’s program of study is designed in consultation with the lead professor in the primary discipline, who will be their principal art advisor. The Studio Art faculty is comprised of accomplished and actively exhibiting artists, offering courses in drawing, painting, graphic design, print media, digital imaging, motion design, and photography. Outside of the classroom, 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 supplement coursework. Career opportunities in Studio Art include graphic design, interactive design, video arts, motion graphics, photography, digital arts, illustration, education and arts administration.

Program of Study-Studio Art MA

Art History M.A. and I.Ph.D.
In its Art History program, the UMKC Department of Art & Art History offers a Master of Arts (M.A.) degree with a thesis and non-thesis option. The M.A. degree at UMKC provides an excellent preparation for doctoral work, and Art History participates in the Interdisciplinary Ph.D. program as well. Degree requirements are structured to give students a thorough background in research methodology, and courses are taught by faculty actively involved in research. The University of Missouri-Kansas City is fortunate to be adjacent to one of the most comprehensive and distinguished art museums in the country, The Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art. The Department maintains a close relationship with the museum through joint appointments, curator-taught seminars, student internships and other cooperative programs. Outside of the classroom, the department’s own UMKC Gallery of Art and local organizations in the vibrant Kansas City arts scene provide internships, networking, entrepreneurial mentoring and other professional development opportunities. Visiting artists and scholars, gallery exhibitions, and enrichment programs supplement course work and provide unique interactive learning opportunities.

Research in Art History is supported by the Miller-Nichols Library at UMKC, the Spencer Art Reference Library at the Nelson-Atkins, and the Linda Hall Library. 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.

Program of Study – Art History MA (Thesis Option)
Program of Study – Art History MA (Non Thesis Option)
Interdisciplinary Ph.D. program

Additional Resources

Welcome Center • Campus tours, Group visits, Preview Days & Open Houses
A&S Advising • Undergraduate General Education Advising
Financial Aid
Orientation Day • Required for first-time college students and encouraged for transfer students
Scholarship Opportunities
Transferology • Tool to check transfer equivalencies
UMKC Central • Everything students need in one spot: Admissions, International Student Affairs, Financial Aid and Scholarships, Cashiers and Collections, and Registration and Records

 

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Undergraduate Admissions: FreshmenApply by June 15 for Fall admission; Nov. 1 for Spring admission

For incoming freshmen, there are no special requirements beyond the general criteria for admission to the University.

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Undergraduate Admissions: TransferApply by June 15 for Fall admission; Nov. 1 for Spring admission. Students with more than 60 transferable credit hours are exempt from the deadline and are encouraged to apply.

There are no special requirements beyond the general criteria for admission to the University. Transfer students planning to major in Studio Art need to meet with a Studio Art advisor prior to beginning classes to evaluate their transcripts to determine course equivalencies. Portfolio review by specific faculty members may be required to transfer intermediate/advanced classes or allow for advanced placement.

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Graduate Art History AdmissionsApply by June 15 for Fall admission; Nov. 1 for Spring admission. To be considered for graduate assistantships and fellowships during the following academic year, fall candidates need to have their application submitted by February 1.

In addition to the general criteria for admission, applicants will be expected to submit supplementary Art History materials to umkcarthistorygrad@umkc.edu to complete the application process:
– Official GRE scores (code 6872)
– A short (one-page) statement of purpose
– Two letters of recommendation
– A short writing sample (preferably a short art history paper, 10 pages or less)

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Graduate Studio Art AdmissionsApply by March 1 for Fall admission; Oct. 1 for Spring admission. To be considered for graduate assistantships and fellowships during the following academic year, fall candidates need to have their application submitted by March 1.

In addition to the general criteria for admission, applicants will be expected to submit supplementary Studio Art materials to Ricky Allman [allmanr@umkc.edu] via Dropbox or Google Drive:

– Portfolio of recent work, 15-20 images (jpeg/bmp/QT/AVI/Flash)
– Listing the images’ titles, dates, sizes and media (hard-copy)
– CV/resume
– Personal statement, addressing: 1) Reason(s) for pursuing admittance into graduate-level study, 2) Reason(s) for choosing UMKC’s Department of Art & Art History as educational institution, 3) Focus of art work, 4)Ultimate professional ambitions, and 5) Why you should be selected for the M.A. program.
– Three letters of recommendation from art professionals or professors

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IPhD AdmissionsApply by Jan. 31 for Fall admission

In addition to the general criteria for admission, applicants will be expected to have an undergraduate degree in art history, anthropology or history and an undergraduate minimum GPA of at least 3.0 on a 4.0 scale. An M.A. in art history is desired. Prerequisite coursework: Survey of World Arts. In addition to the required application form, test scores, recommendations and transcripts, applicants must provide a written research plan and a research writing example.

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