Art Program

Undergraduate Programs (BA/BFA/Minor)


The Department of Art teaches visual literacy skills with the intention of preparing our graduates for a lifetime of creative activity.

The department offers two undergraduate art degrees, 
the BA and the BFA 
as well as a minor in art.

The BA degree is intended for the student desiring a liberal education with a concentration in art, while the BFA provides for more professional training in the studio area. The BFA is the required undergraduate degree for admission to most Master of Fine Arts programs.

All students who wish to pursue a BA or BFA degree in Art need to pass the Art Department BA/BFA Portfolio Review. To be considered for the Portfolio Review, contact Matthew Ballou, Teaching Professor + Director of Undergraduate Studies by emailing


For more information on the undergraduate programs in the Art Program contact the Director of Undergraduate Studies:

Matthew Ballou
Associate Teaching Professor
A217 Fine Arts Building
Department of Art
University of Missouri-Columbia
Columbia, MO 65211-6090