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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

Bachelor of Arts (BA) in Art Teaching or Studio Art

The first step is admission to Morehead State University, see MSU's admission requirements. You are not required to submit a portfolio prior to applying.


Bachelor of Fine Arts (BFA) in Art Teaching or Studio Art

  • The first step is admission to Morehead State University, see MSU's admission requirements.
  • Our Bachelor of Fine Arts programs have special admission requirements:
  1. You may apply for the BFA program during your sophomore year. Before applying, you must have completed between 21-36 credit hours in ART or be enrolled in the art courses below.*
  2. You must have achieved (and must maintain if accepted into the BFA program) a 3.0 GPA in your art and design coursework and a 2.5 GPA overall to apply for admission and submit work for the Portfolio Application Review Day. (Students are no longer allowed to apply for admittance into the BFA program once they have surpassed 36 credit hours in art and design coursework).
  3. Submit your Portfolio Application.

*ART CORE COURSES (12 credit hrs.):
  • ART 100 - 2D Design and Color Foundations
  • ART 102 - 3D Foundations
  • ART 109 - Digital Foundations
  • ART 112 - Drawing Foundations

SURVEY COURSE (3 credit hours) - Choose one:
  • ART 263 - World Arts
  • ART 264 - Ancient-Medieval
  • ART 265 - Renaissance-Modern

Two studio and/or design courses beyond the art core (6 credit hrs.)


Application Process

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

To apply, complete a preregistration form and submit it to the Art and Design office (211 Claypool-Young Art Bldg. and submit your portfolio application. Students 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 (BA) program.


Portfolio Application Requirements

  •  Application form (available in the Art and Design office - 211 Claypool-Young Art Bldg.)
  • 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 3D work should be included whenever possible. If original 3D 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.

Requirements for Graduation

BFA students must meet the following program requirements for graduation:  

  • Be accepted into the program following a portfolio application review.
  • Maintain a 3.0 GPA in art and design coursework, and a 2.5 GPA overall. 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 ART 435 - 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 have gone on to earn Master of Fine Arts (MFA) 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.