Studio and Academic Areas

Small classes provide time for directed and individual instruction and space for developing big ideas. You can explore all seven studio areas to create an education as individual as you are.

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Undergraduate Program

The University of Kansas is the school of choice for ambitious art students throughout the region. The Department of Visual Art provides students with the technical skill and cultural awareness essential to the careers of professional artists, scholars, teachers or administrators.

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Graduate Program

The MFA program is interdisciplinary in its approach and grads work with all faculty in the program among our seven studio areas. The program emphasizes individual growth through independent work in an atmosphere of ongoing critical discussion.

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Visual Art Degrees

The Visual Art degrees allow students to design an academic experience tailored to their interests and goals. By choosing and combining courses from across a variety of studio areas, students direct their own educational path.

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Academic Advising

Our Academic Advisors can offer guidance on classes, enrollment, admission and our offered degrees.

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Study Abroad

The Department of Visual Art recognizes the importance of cultural exchange as a means to broaden creative horizons throughout the lifetime of the practicing artist. Visual art students have opportunities to study abroad while continuing to receive visual art instruction and university credit.

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University Resources

KU’s dynamic, cross-disciplinary research and learning environment, students exchange ideas, discover new ways of processing the world, and address society’s grand challenges.

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