Art Major (BA, Studio)




As an art major at Truman, you develop your talents to become a competent scholar and artist who can communicate ideas in ways that enhance our understanding of the world. Our liberal arts approach, combined with talented faculty and small classes, teaches you to think critically and solve problems creatively, skills that can benefit you in any career. No matter your creative interest, you can choose to pursue whichever medium you need to realize your vision:

  • Ceramics
  • Fibers
  • Painting
  • Printmaking
  • Sculpture
  • Inter-Specialty

Student Opportunities

  • Art History Student Group: Art History Society
  • Design Program Student Group: American Institute of Graphic Arts (AIGA)
  • Honorary Art Fraternity: Kappa Pi
  • Studio Student Groups:
    • The Fibers Club
    • The Clay People: Ceramics Club
    • Bad Acids: Printmaking Club
  • More organizations
On-campus internship and work opportunities:  Fine Arts Design (FAD), OP Output Center, University Art Gallery, University Publications, The Index (student newspaper), Detour magazine, Truman State University Press, Art Studios and Faculty Offices.
The Art Department facilities include studios for ceramics, fibers, painting, photography, printmaking, and sculpture. The Art Department is also home to the University Art Gallery which features professional and student exhibitions throughout the year.
Art students often join academic study abroad trips available through Truman’s Center for International Education Abroad with access to more than 500 study abroad opportunities in more than 60 countries.
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Art: Bachelor of Arts, Studio

Other Art Programs

  • Art Major (BFA, Design)
  • Art Major (BFA, Studio Art)
  • Art History Minor
  • Art Studio Minor
  • Design Minor
  • Photography Minor

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The magic of being an art major begins with studio classes. A studio class takes place in  — you guessed it — a studio, and is a couple hours of making art with classmates. I have had many fond memories of chatting in class with my friends or people who became my friends afterward while making prints, embroidering fibers projects or choosing and re-choosing colors for a poster. The collaborative nature of these classes teaches students about giving and receiving feedback from their peers.

Anna G., Art Major


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March 22, 2018

CONGRATULATIONS to Claire Nipper and Shelby Frazier for their Silver Award at the American Advertising Federation Kansas City ADDY Awards! The ADDY Awards is the world’s largest advertising competition with over 50,000 entries annually. The Kansas City ADDY Awards has historically been one of the largest — if not the largest — local ADDY award…Read more Design Students Win Silver!

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In the dark of February we welcomed visiting artist Josh Winkler, Assistant Professor of Printmaking at Minnesota State University – Mankato. He received his MFA from the University of Minnesota in 2010, and has since spent his time creating works on paper, running a small gallery, building a stone cabin, and exhibiting work nationally and internationally.…Read more Guest Artist in Printmaking: Josh Winkler

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