Our programs provide you with tools to develop creative and critical thinking skills, visual and verbal communication abilities and versatility in professional and personal situations.

A Vibrant Arts Community

  • We serve a variety of students from non-majors to the professionally oriented with minors and bachelor's degrees.
  • Small class sizes with interactive learning experiences.
  • Our faculty includes accomplished and nationally exhibiting artists and filmmakers as well as dedicated and actively publishing art historians.
  • Adjunct faculty consists of local artists, practicing filmmakers, art educators, and professionals. Curators from The Nelson-Atkins regularly offer advanced art history courses.
  • The department’s own UMKC Gallery of Art, visiting artists, scholars, and gallery exhibitions supplement coursework and provide unique interactive learning opportunities outside of the classroom.
  • Physical proximity and professional connections to museums, studios, and organizations in Kansas City offer students additional opportunities for internships, access to visiting artists, and enrichment programs to enhance their education.

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Career Paths for Media, Art and Design Majors