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B.A. in Art

Visualize the world around you and create your own works of art.

There are two paths to study art at the University of Mississippi. Choose between a more flexible Bachelor of Arts degree that allows greater compatibility with other areas of study or a more specialized, competitive-entry Bachelor of Fine Arts.

Key Benefits

Develop the fundamentals of design, learn to promote your art, and become adept at new technologies within the field. The University of Mississippi is home to one of only two foundry facilities within the region, allowing students to cast metal sculpture in a safe, expert-led environment.

Graduate Outcomes

A liberal arts education empowers and prepares students to deal with complexity and change through a broad knowledge of the world. They gain key skills in communication, problem-solving, and working with a diverse group of people. Art graduates pursue careers as professional artists, educators, graphic designers, web designers, animators, display/set/exhibit designers, appraisers, and plenty of others.

Experiences Offered

The department provides outlets for student involvement outside of the classroom through various clubs. The Visiting Artist program brings approximately 10 visiting artists to campus annually for studio visits, artist talks, and demonstrations that provide students the opportunity to work alongside a wide variety of artists.

B.A. in Art Faculty

Faculty in the Department of Art and Art History at the University of Mississippi teach foundational courses, art history, and in the studio areas of ceramics, graphic design, imaging arts, painting, printmaking, and sculpture.

Louise Arizzoli
Instructional Associate Professor of Art and Art History
Tyler Smith Barnes
Associate Professor of Art
Karen Barber
Visiting Assistant Professor of Art and Art History
Kris Belden-Adams
Associate Professor of Art History
Joshua Kemp Brinlee
Associate Professor of Art
Virginia Rougon Chavis
Associate Provost and Professor of Art
Sherry Lynn Donaldson
Adjunct Instructor in Art and Art History
Rebekah Joanne Flake
Adjunct Instructor in Art and Art History
Kariann Fuqua
Instructional Assistant Professor of Art and Director of the Interdisciplinary Minor in Museum Studies
Bryce Heesacker
Assistant Professor of Art, Digital Media
Philip R Jackson
Professor of Art
Bokyung Kim
Instructional Assistant Professor of Art and Art History
Matthew L Long
Professor of Art
Dason Pettit
Instructional Assistant Professor of Art & Art History
Stacey Lynn Rathert
Instructional Assistant Professor of Art & Art History
Seth M Thibodaux
Instructor in Art and Sculpture Technician
Durant B Thompson
Professor of Art
Brooke C White
Professor of Art
Nancy L Wicker
Professor of Art History

A major in art for the B.A. in art degree consists of 33 hours of studio art and 9 hours of art history. The studio art requirements are Art 101, 103, 111, 201, 211, 406; and 18 additional hours of art (Art) courses at the 300 level or higher. The art history requirements are AH 201 and 202 and 3 additional hours of art history (AH) at the 300 level or higher.

Admission requirements for the Bachelor of Arts in Art program are the same as the UM undergraduate admission requirements.

Oscar Pope

Oscar (BA. in Art; B.A. in Journalism, 2010) completed a comprehensive art curriculum that pushed him beyond his graphic design comfort zone, which was "essential in my development and groomed me to be a more well-rounded creator." Ultimately, his artwork was included in the Mississippi Collegiate Art Competition Exhibit. He also picked up the broadcast journalism degree and was a production manager for Rebel Radio and news anchor for NewsWatch. His role as Visual Editor of the Daily Mississippian brought together his two areas of art and journalism. After graduation, Oscar has worked in advertising and marketing in the Atlanta area. In 2017, he became a content marketing coordinator of the NBA on TNT and NBA TV where he handles consumer-facing creative messaging and branding for both networks in addition to NBA.COM.

Why study art at UM?
"The department is a community that encourages collaboration and breaks down the walls that so often separate people, providing an environment of creativity, innovation, and constant growth. It serves as a center of ideation, kinship, and progression. That environment shaped the way I think, create, and innovate today."

Student Organizations

Join the Student Art Association, Mud Daubers, the Print Rebellion, Rebel Sculpture Society, Clicks, Painting Guild, American Institute for Graphic Arts, and Kappa Pi, an international art honor society.