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Art & Design

MSU's Department of Art and Design is one of the most comprehensive schools of art, design and teacher education in the state. Our Bachelor of Arts (BA) and Bachelor of Fine Arts (BFA) programs in studio art and art education will allow you to pursue your passion and explore your creativity. You will acquire the knowledge and skills needed for an exciting career in the visual arts.

In our programs, you will be exposed to a variety of artistic media, disciplines, techniques and technology through coursework in:

  • 2D design
  • 3D foundations
  • Ceramics
  • Digital art and design
  • Drawing
  • Graphic design
  • Painting
  • Photography
  • Printmaking
  • Sculpture


This program is offered on the Morehead campus.


You may choose to pursue either of the following areas:


The following minors are also available within our department:

Program Requirements

The first step is admission to Morehead State University, see MSU's admission requirements.

Bachelor of Arts (BA)

To be accepted into one of our Bachelor of Arts programs, you must meet MSU's admission requirements.

Bachelor of Fine Arts (BFA)

Our Bachelor of Fine Arts programs have special admission requirements. Before applying, you must have completed between 21-36 credit hours in art or be enrolled in the following art courses:

Art Core courses (12 credit hours):

  • ART 100 - 2D Design & Color Foundations (3 credit hrs.)
  • ART 102 - 3D Foundations (3 credit hrs.)
  • ART 109 - Digital Foundations (3 credit hrs.)
  • ART 112 - Drawing Foundations (3 credit hrs.)

One of the following survey courses (3 credit hours):

  • ART 263 - World Arts (3 credit hrs.)
  • ART 264 - Ancient-Medieval (3 credit hrs.)
  • ART 265 - Renaissance-Modern (3 credit hrs.)

And one studio and/or design course beyond the art core (6 credit hours)

To apply for admission, complete a preregistration form (contact Sherri Ward) and submit a portfolio application for review in either the fall or spring semester of your sophomore year. Your portfolio must include 10-12 pieces of artwork completed in MSU Art and Design courses. You must also submit a one-page statement about your portfolio and why you are interested in applying. Transfer students will be considered on an individual basis.

Applying to a BFA Program as a Sophomore

You may apply to our BFA programs in either the fall or spring semester of your sophomore year. Portfolio Application Review Day is held once per semester:

  • Fall semester: the third week of October.
  • Spring semester: the third week of April.

Students will have two attempts to apply to the BFA program; if a student is not admitted to the BFA program after two attempts, he or she will be admitted to the Bachelor of Arts program.

BFA Portfolio Application Review Process

You must complete a preregistration form and submit it to Sherri Ward in the Art and Design office (211 Claypool-Young Art Bldg.). You must then prepare an application for admittance to the BFA programs. The student application consists of:

  •  Application form (available in the Art and Design office)
  • 10-12 pieces of artwork completed in MSU Art and Design courses; include at least one piece from each art or design course. Independent work is acceptable, as long as it was completed while at MSU.
  • All work must be matted and, if produced digitally, printed. Original 3-D work should be included whenever possible. If original 3-D work is unavailable, photographic documentation (printed and matted) is required. Time-based work (video or animation) may be uploaded to a viewable site (YouTube, Vimeo, etc.) or included on a flash drive for review.
  • A one-page statement about your work and why you are applying to the BFA program.
  • A printed copy of your Program Evaluation.

BFA Requirements for Graduation

BFA students must meet the following program requirements for graduation:  

  • Be accepted into the program following a portfolio review.
  • Maintain an Art GPA of 3.0, and an overall GPA of 2.5. Should your GPA fall below one of these minimums, you will be placed on a one-semester probation to bring your GPA back to the required minimum; if your GPA remains under the requirement, you will be dropped from the BFA program with no chance for re-admittance.
  • Complete a one credit hour course (Advanced BFA Studio/Design Studies) during your senior year.
  • Exhibit your work during your senior year with your graduating BFA peers.

For course lists and program requirements please refer to the undergraduate catalog.  

Career Opportunities

Graduates of our art and design programs are able to pursue a wide array of careers in corporate, government, non-profit and independent sectors including: 

  • Art museums/galleries: administration, curatorial, conservation, public relations, out reach programming, exhibit design and preparation.
  • Graphic design: digital, print, multimedia, type, web, illustration, advertising.
  • Education P-12: studio art, fine arts, art history.
  • Independent studio practice: sales, promotion, design, development, freelance.

Earning a degree in Art and Design will also prepare you for preprofessional study and entrance into graduate programs. Our students go on to earn master of fine arts degrees in disciplines such as painting, ceramics, graphic design, animation, printmaking, and photography and achieve success in masters programs such as entertainment technology, art administration, art therapy and historic preservation.

Career Services offers career planning, interview and resume preparation assistance, internship placement, and services to help you find a job after you graduate.

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