Department of Art and Design


  • Missouri Department of Elementary and Secondary Education – Art and Design (BSEd); Secondary Education/Art (MSEd)
  • Council for the Accreditation of Educator Preparation – Art and Design (BSEd); Secondary Education/Art (MSEd)

General information

Waiver of ART 100

If an entering freshman feels that his/her art background is strong enough to permit a waiver of ART 100, Two Dimensional Design, application should be made to the Departmental Head. A portfolio will then be submitted, a written examination will be administered, and an interview will be conducted by a faculty committee of three. The waiver examination and an interview is given at 12:00 p.m. on the first day of class each semester. Application forms must be secured from the Art and Design Office prior to the examination date. At that time the student is given further information about the waiver.

Facilities and Resources

Brick City, the Art and Design Complex, is a recently renovated group of historic buildings in close proximity to the thriving downtown arts community and part of the MSU Idea Commons. The newly renovated spaces at Building 1 (BRK1) house the Department’s main offices at Brick City 1, Room 100 and the Visual Resources Collection. The first floor of Building 1 also houses the department's Ceramics program, the Printmaking studios, as well as the Art Store and critique space. The second floor houses the facilities for Photography, Metals and Jewelry studios, and the Brick City Design Studio. The third floor is home to various computer labs and lighting studios that serve the Graphic Design and Illustration program, Animation, and Digital Arts, and as well as the Art History lecture hall and facilities, This building also accommodates the studios and classroom spaces for Ceramics, Printmaking, Graphic Design and Illustration, Animation, Digital Arts, Photography, and Art History.

Next door, Buildings 3 and 4 contain extensive studio facilities for Two- and Three-Dimensional Foundations studies, Drawing, Painting, Sculpture, and Art Education. These buildings also house the East and West Brick City Galleries: Exhibitions change monthly during the school year. Each year the exhibition schedule includes shows by distinguished artists and designers who are internationally, nationally and regionally known. Faculty exhibitions are scheduled bi-annually. Additionally, Building 5 serves as photography lighting studios. Student work is displayed within the Brick City facilities throughout the year.

The Student Exhibition Center—a converted Victorian two-story building—contains exhibitions of student work that change monthly during the school year. Each year the exhibition schedule also includes a Foundations Show and Senior Design Show. Additional shows may vary from year to year. The SEC is located near the main campus on historic Walnut Street and John Q. Hammons Parkway.

The Duane G. Meyer Library maintains an extensive collection of art and design periodicals as well as books relating to art and design history

Department Office: 327 West Mill Street (the corner of North Campbell Street), Room 100, 417-837-2330

Brick City Galleries: 215 W. Mill St., 417-836-6794

Student Exhibition Center: 838 E. Walnut St., 417-836-6999