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The study of art is the study of seeing - how we interpret visual information - visual communication.

As the world gets smaller, the visual language predominates and visual communication is ever more critical. The expertise gained through a visual education has increasingly more valuable application in commercial as well as cultural venues across society: if an activity contains a visual component, it has need for the visually trained.

The art program at Lindenwood University offers you a rich and diverse range of investigations across the disciplines of art making and art history. Integrating Lindenwood’s extensive offerings with a broad studio experience, you will be well prepared for graduate school, teaching K-12, or future work in an art-related field.

The Studio Arts program at Lindenwood University offers a Bachelor of Arts and a Bachelor of Fine Arts with seven specialty areas: ceramics, drawing/figure drawing, graphic/computer art, painting, photography, printmaking, and sculpture.

The difference in studying in a BA program and a BFA program is extensive. A BA is more flexible in terms of the courses you take, and graduates are viewed as having a general knowledge of a subject area. A BFA is focused on a specific area with a greater emphasis on courses. A BFA degree is considered to be the professional standard for people in creative fields.

Lindenwood University Studio Arts Faculty

Lindenwood University’s Studio Arts Department is composed of professors with years of professional experience, eager to share their expertise with you.

Degrees Offered

Lindenwood University offers a Bachelor of Arts, a Bachelor of Fine Arts, and a minor in studio art.

Earning a BA in studio art requires 63 credit hours and a studio foundation, including two- and three-dimensional design, color theory, drawing, figure drawing, and an introduction to graphic design. You will be able to choose courses suited to your interest in painting, ceramics, printmaking, sculpture, and more.

A BFA in studio art requires 78 credit hours, including a studio foundation including two- and three-dimensional design, color theory, drawing, figure drawing, and an introduction to graphic design. You will also have extensive, immersive study within your chosen area of specialization. You will also be required to complete a senior seminar and an exhibition.

The BFA in studio art with Missouri K-12 art teacher certification requires 113 credit hours and combines studio art with a minor in education to qualify you for teaching art at the K-12 level. Your coursework will include a studio foundation with two- and three-dimensional design, color theory, drawing, figure drawing, and an introduction to graphic design. You will also have extensive and immersive study in your chosen area of specialization. On top of that, the minor in education will teach you about elementary and secondary art methods, classroom management, educating exceptional children, and many more topics that will prepare you for your career as an educator.

The specialized Bachelor of Arts in studio art with a pre-art therapy emphasis program at Lindenwood University requires 89 credit hours and is designed to provide training for undergraduate students like you who wish to use their creative skills in a variety of healthcare environments. The pre-art therapy emphasis explores the interaction of the visual arts with psychological theories and practices, seeking to use the skills learned in the arts to help in a clinical setting. Beginning with a major in studio art, you will learn a broad range of media in preparation for the flexibility expected of becoming a working professional in the field, encouraging process over product. 

Earning a Minor in Studio Art at Lindenwood University

Lindenwood University offers a minor in studio art. A minor is simply a secondary academic subject to add to your knowledge, whether it is of professional or personal interest.

The minor in studio art requires 27 credit hours. You will study studio foundation courses, including two- and three-dimensional design, color theory, drawing, figure drawing, and an introduction to graphic design, plus a choice of specialized studio art subjects such as painting or photography.

What You Can Do with a Studio Arts Degree from Lindenwood University

There are many paths you can take with a studio arts degree, from a corporate job to owning your own business. For more information, see the Occupational Outlook Handbook at the Bureau of Labor Statistics website for information relevant to your chosen career path.

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St. Charles, MO 63301