University Requirements

General Education

The UMKC General Education Core is the university-wide curriculum that all undergraduate students will complete.  The 30-credit hour core curriculum includes three course types designated as Anchor, Discourse and Focus and is detailed in the General Education section of the catalog.

Constitution Course 

Every undergraduate student must take a course covering the United States Constitution and the Missouri State Constitution before graduation. Course options are included in the program requirements section below.

RooWriter Assessment

Candidates for all baccalaureate degrees must complete the online UMKC RooWriter Writing Assessment after they have passed Discourse 200 (or its equivalent) but before they have attained 90 credit hours. Incoming transfer students with more than 90 credit hours must complete the RooWriter by the end of their first semester of enrollment or within one semester after passing Discourse 200 (or its equivalent). Students who have not completed the RooWriter Writing Assessment within two semesters after passing Discourse 200 (or its equivalent) will be blocked from enrollment until they successfully complete the RooWriter. Additional information is available in the Undergraduate Academic Regulations and Information section of the catalog.

Exit Examinations

Information on exit examinations and/or major field exams is available in the Undergraduate Academic Regulations and Information section of the catalog.

Student Learning Outcomes

Students graduating from this program will:

  • Have the basic skills for the practice of art in one or more specialized disciplines.
  • Develop creative, conceptual and technical skills in a variety of visual media to produce work that can effectively contribute to the larger creative community.
  • Develop professional skills appropriate to the discipline, including awareness of the latest advances in adapting technology for the creation of works of art, including appropriate software and hardware skills.
  • Communicate ideas visually, verbally, and through the written word.
  • Recognize and understand the relevance of global art history to the current practice of art.

Program Requirements

Students graduating with a B.A. degree in Studio Art will be prepared for entry into a professional school, a graduate program or the job market.

Program Specific Recommendations for UMKC General Education Core Coursework

Anchor I 13
Anchor II 13
Anchor III 13
DISC 100Discourse I: Reasoning and Values (Speech and Writing)3
DISC 200Discourse II: Culture and Diversity (Writing and Speech)3
DISC 300Discourse III: Civic and Community Engagement (Speech and Writing)3
Focus A (Satisfied in program requirements below)
Focus B (Satisfied in program requirements below)
Focus C (May be satisfied by Constitution course requirement below)
Focus Elective (Satisfied in program requirements below)
'Total credits' in this section indicates the number of General Education Core credit hours that are not met by the degree specific requirements outlined below.
Total Credits18
1

See the UMKC General Education Core section of the catalog for available Anchor and Focus course options.

Constitution Course Requirement

Section 170.011.1 of the Missouri Revised Statutes, 2015, states that all candidates for a degree issued by a college or university in the state of Missouri must have “satisfactorily passed an examination on the provisions and principles of the Constitution of the United States and of the state of Missouri, and in American history and American institutions.” 

Courses at UMKC that satisfy this state requirement are:

Choose one of the following:3
The Supreme Court And The Criminal Process
U.S. History to 1877 (Focus C) 1
U.S. History Since 1877 (Focus C) 1
Constitutional History of the United States
Honors American Government (Focus C) 1
American Government (Focus C) 1
Total Credits3
1

 Course may satisfy both the UMKC General Education Core (Focus C) and Constitution requirements.

There are a few other ways this requirement can be satisfied for students transferring to UMKC:

  • Take an equivalent course from the list above at a regionally accredited institution.
  • Earn credit for one of the above courses through AP, IB, or CLEP.
  • Take a course that directly satisfies the Missouri Constitution Requirement at another Missouri institution.
  • Have a previous bachelors degree (or higher) from a regionally accredited institution.
  • Have an Associate of Arts degree from a regionally accredited institution.
  • Complete the 42 Hour Core at a Missouri institution and have it listed on the official transcript.

College of Arts & Sciences Degree Requirements

Students pursuing the bachelor of arts and bachelor of science degrees must complete a major. Students pursuing the bachelor of liberal arts degree must complete a minor. Additional details are available in the Student Services section of the catalog.

ALEKS Math Placement
Arts and Humanities Division of CAS 16
Science and Math Division of CAS6
Social and Behavioral Sciences Division of CAS6
Writing Intensive Course (300-level or above; Satisfied in program requirements below)
Foreign Language (3rd Semester Level)9
MATH 110College Algebra (or any 200-level or above Math/Stat course) 23
or MATH 116 Mathematics For Liberal Arts
or MATH 120 Precalculus
Laboratory Science Experience1
Total Credits31
1

ENGLISH 110, ENGLISH 225, COMM-ST 110, and foreign language courses at 211 or below do not fulfill this requirement.

2

This requirement may be fulfilled by courses from either the UMKC General Education Core or the College of Arts and Sciences Degree Requirements.

Major Requirements

Formal study in Studio Art begins with foundation courses: ART 112, ART 114, ART 121, and ART 131. There are no prerequisites for these courses and non-majors and exploratory students are also encouraged to take foundation courses. They cannot be taken for graduate credit.

Intermediate and advanced courses typically require the foundation series and possibly other prerequisites. ART 495: Special Topics may be offered that can count towards the Studio Electives. Recent Special Topics include screenprinting, art book publishing, and advertising campaigns (with Communication Studies).

Directed Projects (ART 493) and Internship courses (ART 498Q) may also help fulfill Studio Electives with the approval of a Studio Art advisor. Enrollment in these courses is granted only by the instructor who will supervise the study. Graduate credit is possible only when a student is admitted to graduate study.

Another important part of the Studio Art program is the Junior Portfolio Reviews that happen each spring semester. Students gather around 10 of their strongest pieces to present to a group of faculty and guests for a comprehensive critique of their work with suggestions for areas of growth, classes to take before graduating, and more. Many students benefit from this process so much that they do it again as a senior.

Students must successfully complete the major requirements below with at least 12 hours of the noted upper division (300+) course requirements completed at UMKC.

Foundation Courses12
Foundation Drawing
Foundation Digital Design
Foundation 2D Design
Foundation 3D Design
Studio Electives selected from at least 3 different areas: 124
Capstone:3
Senior Seminar
Design Seminar
Art History Requirements12
Select three from 200- and 300-level survey courses:
From Cave Paintings to Cathedrals
From Michelangelo to Modernism
World Currents of Contemporary Art
Arts Of African and New World Cultures
Asian Art
One 400-level Art History course (with appropriate 200- or 300-level prerequisite).
Total Credits51
1

Up to 6 additional credit hours in Art History can be counted toward the 24 Studio Elective credit hours with preapproval from a studio faculty advisor.

General Electives

Students must take elective credit hours to meet the minimum credit hour requirement for their degree, including at least 36 credit hours of coursework at the 300-level or above. The minimum required by the university is 120 credit hours, of which at least 30 credit hours must be taken at UMKC, but some degree programs require more.

General Electives17

Minimum GPA: 2.0; 2.5 in all studio coursework

Total Credit Hours: 120

Tools for Planning and Fulfilling Academic Requirements

UMKC's Major Maps are detailed, semester by semester plans that lead a student to complete all degree requirements within four years.  Plans include benchmarks and critical courses by term that assist a student’s evaluation of progress and major “fit”.  In order to ensure that the appropriate courses are taken, students are encouraged to consult with the undergraduate advisor for this major.

UMKC’s Degree Audit System provides an individual evaluation of all degree requirements (General Education Core, Degree Specific, Major Specific, etc.) for student’s officially recorded (Office of Registration and Records) and “what if” plans of study.  This evaluation is used to certify all graduation requirements.