Fine Art

Earn a fine art degree and launch your career as a creative professional.

At Park University, our fine art program is designed to provide an educational experience for you to develop technical skills, critical and aesthetic judgment, and a sound knowledge of the visual arts. If you aspire to launch or advance your career in fine art, or want to develop a general appreciation of the arts, pursuing a fine art degree may be the right choice for you.

Locations & Learning Options

As a fine art student in our Bachelor of Arts or Bachelor of Fine Arts program, you will be required to take face-to-face classes at our Parkville, Missouri campus.

The Bachelor of Arts in Fine Art degree requires a minimum of 122 completed credit hours, including 48 hours of degree-specific core curriculum and approved electives in your area of concentration. The Bachelor of Fine Arts in Fine Art degree requires a minimum of 120 completed credit hours, including 75 hours of degree-specific core curriculum and approved electives in your area of concentration. Refer to your catalog for a complete listing of coursework for this degree. We also offer a minor in art history.

  • Parkville, MO
  • Parkville, MO
  • Parkville, MO

B.A. MAJOR – 48 HOURS , 2.5 GPA

AR 115 Introduction to the Visual Arts ……………… 3 cr.

AR 140 Drawing I ………………………………………….. 3 cr.

AR 142 Two-Dimensional Design: Black & White . 3 cr.

AR 143 Three-Dimensional Design …………………… 3 cr.

AR 144 Color Theory ……………………………………… 3 cr.

AR 215 Art History I ………………………………………. 3 cr.

AR 216 Art History II ……………………………………… 3 cr.

AR 218 Graphic Design Software………………………. 3 cr.

AR 240 Drawing II …………………………………………. 3 cr.

AR 241 Photography I …………………………………….. 3 cr.

AR 280 Painting I …………………………………………… 3 cr.

AR 221 Ceramics I

-OR- …………………………………………………. 3 cr.

AR 270 Fiber I

AR 316 Modern Art ………………………………………… 3 cr.

AR 499 Senior Studio:

Directed Topics and Research ………………… 3 cr.

Upper Level Studio Electives ………………………………………. 6 cr.

Select 300/400 level courses in Photography, Painting, Drawing, Fiber, Ceramics, Internships, Independent Study, Special Topics, and Study Abroad

TOTAL ……………………………………………. 48 cr.

B.F.A. MAJOR – 75 HOURS , 2.5 GPA

AR 115 Introduction to the Visual Arts ……………… 3 cr.

AR 140 Drawing I ………………………………………….. 3 cr.

AR 142 Two-Dimensional Design: Black & White . 3 cr.

AR 143 Three-Dimensional Design …………………… 3 cr.

AR 144 Color Theory ……………………………………… 3 cr.

AR 215 Art History I ………………………………………. 3 cr.

AR 216 Art History I ………………………………………. 3 cr.

AR 218 Graphic Design Softwar ……………………….. 3 cr.

AR 221 Ceramics I ………………………………………….. 3 cr.

AR 240 Drawing I ………………………………………….. 3 cr.

AR 241 Photography I …………………………………….. 3 cr.

AR 270 Fiber I ……………………………………………….. 3 cr.

AR 280 Painting I …………………………………………… 3 cr.

AR 316 Modern Art ………………………………………… 3 cr.

AR 317 World Art

-OR- …………………………………………………. 3 cr.

LE 300L Integrative and Interdisciplinary

Learning Capstone: World Art

AR 340 Drawing III ………………………………………… 3 cr.

AR 380 Painting II ………………………………………….. 3 cr.

AR 498 Directed Topics and Research ………………… 3 cr.

AR 499 Thesis Project Portfolio and Exhibition …… 3 cr.

Upper Level Studio Electives …………………………………… 18 cr.

Select 300/400 level courses in Photography, Painting, Drawing, Fiber, Ceramics, Internships, Independent Study, Special Topics, and Study Abroad

MINOR – 18-21 HOURS

Six courses from any of the following:

AR 115, AR 215, AR 216, AR 298, AR 316, AR 317, AR 319, AR 390, LE 300L

In addition, AR 315: Special Topics in Art & Design, when the topic is art historical; AR 313: Independent Study in Art or Design, when the project developed between the student and the professor is art historical in nature; AR 415: Internship in Art or Design, when the internship is in a museum or gallery setting, and Study Abroad courses, can be included in the 18 hours that make up this Minor.

The Program Coordinator of Fine Art will serve as the advisor for students seeking this minor.

Foundations:

AR 140 Drawing I ………………………………………….. 3 cr.

Electives from Foundations courses within Art ………………… 3 cr.

Introduction to Media:

AR 218 Graphic Design Software………………………. 3 cr.

AR 221 Ceramics I ………………………………………….. 3 cr.

AR 240 Drawing II …………………………………………. 3 cr.

AR 241 Photography I …………………………………….. 3 cr.

AR 270 Fiber I ……………………………………………….. 3 cr.

AR 280 Painting I …………………………………………… 3 cr.

Art History and Theory:

Select one course from the following: AR 215, AR 216, AR 316

Studio Practice:

An additional 6 hours from Intermediate or Advanced Studio courses in Painting, Drawing, Photography, Ceramics, Fiber or Special Topics

Portfolios:

All graduating art and design majors are required to individually document by means of digital photography selected examples of their best work. These final portfolios are to be submitted to their major advisors as part of their Senior Seminar. CDs of the portfolio will remain the property of the Department of Art, Design and Interdisciplinary Studies.

Art Supplies:

Art and Design majors must plan, when preparing their yearly educational budgets, to spend at least $300 per semester on art supplies. All studio art courses require varying amounts of personal equipment and supplies. Studio fees collected at registration for some art courses provide only a portion of the supplies needed. Supply lists will be provided on the first day of classes.

Students in the fine art program learn to develop technical skills, aesthetic judgment and a sound knowledge of the visual arts.

Students pursuing a Bachelor of Arts or a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Fine Art complete a common group of foundation and art history courses and then choose an emphasis area to develop a solid yet individualized program.

Students in the fine art program who wish to earn certification to teach K-12 art education declare a double major in education and fine art.

Careers

Our programs will prepare you many different career options, including:

  • Artist
  • Art Instructor
  • Gallery Assistant
  • Art Handler
art installation on grass
student painting in studio

Program Highlights

While pursuing either the Bachelor of Arts in Fine Art degree or the Bachelor of Fine Arts in Fine Art degree, you may select from one of the following areas of concentration: photography, painting, drawing, fiber or ceramics. You may also choose to pursue internships, independent study, and special topics in art and design. Our fine art degree programs can help equip you with the knowledge and skills needed to pursue a career in fine art, in a museum or gallery setting, and other fields in which fine art is valued.

Faculty

Park University’s faculty are experts in their respective areas of Fine Art. Our highly-qualified educators are committed to your professional development.


 

Dr. Andrea K. Lee

Assistant Professor of Art
alee@park.edu

Related programs

Park University’s degree programs are accredited by the Higher Learning Commission.

Park University is a private, non-profit, institution of higher learning since 1875.