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, pre-professional Bachelor of Fine Arts. The B.A. students complete foundational courses in 2-D and 3-D design, color theory, photo-imaging, drawing, and art history then select advanced studio electives.
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. This facility allows students to cast metal sculpture in a safe, expert-led environment.
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 program graduates pursue careers as professional fine artists, educators, graphic designers, web designers, animators, display/set/exhibit designers, appraisers, and plenty of others.
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/web design, imaging arts, painting, printmaking, and sculpture.
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, 102, 103, 111, 201, 211, 406; and 15 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 general undergraduate admission requirements.
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."
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.