Mission & Vision


What we see and how we create shape how we engage with the world.

School of Visual Studies faculty are active artists and scholars who educate creative, empowered, and ethical citizens with the skills to shape communities and contribute to local and global professional discourses. School of Visual Studies students study the historical and contemporary significance and effects of visual media in society to become innovative practitioners and thinkers within the fields of art, design, and multimedia production. Together we produce and disseminate new works that imaginatively meet the social and cultural demands of our time.


To become the highest rated public arts school in Missouri and become the top choice for our exceptional teaching, research, and service by students across Missouri and nationally. To enhance the school’s programs for diverse people in a multicultural society. To honor MU’s land grant mission by reaching people in every county in Missouri through teaching and the dissemination of the arts.