Fine art majors explore a wide range of media and techniques, including drawing (emphasis on the human form), painting (oil and acrylic), ceramics (wheel throwing and hand building), fiber (papermaking emphasis) and photography (digital and traditional SLR/darkroom) before choosing one medium for focused study. The curriculum in fine art includes four courses in the history of art. Upper level electives, independent study, special topics courses and internships in professional settings provide the fine art major with the flexibility to design much of his or her own curriculum.
Fine art majors can combine work in the School of Education at Park to become certified to teach art (K-12). Academic minors in areas such as marketing, communication or business can extend the professional potential of the degree. Fine art graduates teach, produce work in their studios, pursue graduate degrees or obtain employment in related fields.
Prospective students considering fine arts programs in the Kansas City area will find that the city has a rich and well-cultivated art scene. With such diverse offerings as the Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art, the Kemper Museum of Contemporary Art and the vibrant Crossroads Art District, students pursuing a fine arts Bachelor’s at the Parkville campus enjoy easy and convenient access to a stimulating, artistic milieu.
Senior Seminar, the capstone experience of the major, includes the organization and installation of a solo exhibition in the Campanella Gallery.