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Art & Design

MSU's Department of Art & Design is one of the most comprehensive schools of art, design and teacher education in the state.

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

  • Art museums/galleries: administration, curatorial, conservation, public relations, 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.


Bachelor of Fine Arts in Art and Design & Art Education

MSU offers a Bachelor of Fine Arts (BFA) in art and design and a BFA in art and design with teacher certification P-12. These professionally-oriented degrees will better equip you for entrance into Master of Fine Arts programs within disciplines such as painting, ceramics, graphic design, animation, printmaking and photography. All art students are encouraged to apply. Interested applicants will be required to submit a portfolio and statements for review in order to gain admission into the programs.

In addition to our BFA programs we also offer Bachelor of Arts (BA) degrees in:

  • Art (coursework in art education, ceramics, computer art, drawing graphic design, history, painting, photography, printmaking and sculpture)
  • Art education (P-12)

Our Master of Arts (MA) in Art offers concentrations in:

  • Art education
  • Graphic design
  • Studio art

We also offer an array of minors which complement degrees across the University including arts entrepreneurship, studio art, visual communicationart history and photography. Advanced individual studies are offered in 2D art, 3D art, digital art, art history and art education. Learn more about our academic programs.


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Taking classes at MSU means you will earn your degree from an institution with a long-standing reputation for academic quality. We are excited to welcome you to campus and hope you will schedule a visit with us. During your visit you will take a tour of campus, meet with engaging and experienced professors and students in your program of interest and get a sense of college life at MSU.
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