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Visual Art

The University of Kansas is a member of the National Association of Schools of Art and Design. The entrance and graduation requirements in this catalog conform to the published guidelines of those organizations.

Undergraduate Programs

Advanced Placement in Art and Design

Students who score 3, 4, or 5 on the CEEB Advanced Placement Examination may receive up to 3 credit hours in art studio electives. Advanced placement credit does not exempt students from foundations requirements.


Students admitted to work toward B.F.A., B.A., or B.A.E. degrees are advised by the advising specialist for 2 semesters. After a student has completed 12 hours of foundations courses, he or she is advised by faculty members in the major field. Check sheets describing each program in complete detail are available from the Art and Design office, 300 Art and Design Building, or online. For history of art, information is available from the Kress Foundation Department of Art History. Students are encouraged to seek advice from any faculty member in a specific area of interest.

Graduate Programs

The Department of Visual Art offers graduate programs leading to the Master of Fine Arts degree in visual art. Concentrations include ceramics, drawing and painting, expanded media, fibers, metalsmithing and jewelry, printmaking, and sculpture. A Master of Arts degree in visual art education and graduate licensure in art education are also available through the Department of Visual Art.

The University of Kansas prohibits discrimination on the basis of race, color, ethnicity, religion, sex, national origin, age, ancestry, disability, status as a veteran, sexual orientation, marital status, parental status, gender identity, gender expression and genetic information in the University’s programs and activities. The following person has been designated to handle inquiries regarding the non-discrimination policies: Director of the Office of Institutional Opportunity and Access,, 1246 W. Campus Road, Room 153A, Lawrence, KS, 66045, (785)864-6414, 711 TTY.