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Department of Art and Design
Fort Hays State University
600 Park Street
Rarick Hall 102
Phone: 785-628-4247
Email: Art & Design
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Academic Programs in Art and Design

The Department of Art and Design has degree programs that challenge you, develop your talents as an artist, and prepare you for a rewarding arts-based career.

We offer two undergraduate degrees (Bachelor of Arts and Bachelor of Fine Arts), two graduate degree options (Master of Art and Master of Liberal Studies) along with a minor in art and an arts entrepreneurship certificate. Each undergraduate degree has concentrations that you may choose from to further tailor your craft to your professional goals and artistic passion, and the Certifiate in Arts Entrepreneurship is an excellent addition to the degree programs we offer.

Undergraduate Degrees in Art and Design
Bachelor of Arts Concentrations

Bachelor of Arts - Studio Art
Within the Studio Art degree you may further specialize your degree program into the areas of drawing, painting, sculpture, printmaking, ceramics and photography.

Bachelor of Arts - Art History
The Art History program explores all aspects of art and examines seminal founding artists, technique, and artwork.

Bachelor of Arts - Art Education
The Art Education program is a dual degree with Secondary Education and requires courses from the College of Education for state certification.

Bachelor of Fine Arts Concentrations

The Bachelor of Fine Art (BFA) is considered the professional degree plan. This art degree will prepare you for entry into careers in the design field or as proper preparation for graduate study in a fine art studio discipline. As a BFA student, you will take three times as many courses in your chosen specialty as compared to other bachelor's degrees in art.

Bachelor of Fine Arts - Graphic Design
Bachelor of Fine Arts - Interior Design
Bachelor of Fine Arts - Studio Art
Bachelor of Fine Arts - Studio Art with Teacher Certification

Areas of emphasis within Studio Art include drawing, painting, sculpture, printmaking, ceramics and photography. For admission, portfolios are encouraged but not required for purposes of being considered for the Academic Opportunity Scholarship Award.

Minor in Art

Minor in Art
If you are pursuing an undergraduate program in another field of study but would like to enhance your degree summary with an artistic and creative experience, a minor in art is for you. Students are required to complete 24 hours of core classes covering drawing, design, art history and elective courses, in addition to your major course requirements.

Certificates in Art

Certificate in Arts Entrepreneurship
If you are interested in gaining a professional edge in the business of art, a Certificate in Arts Entrepreneurship can be added to the BA degree (Studio Art or Art History concentrations) and to any BFA degree. An Arts Entrepreneurship certificate is an excellent addition to the degree programs we offer, providing additional foundational business and marketing readiness, leadership experience, and essential entrepreneurship competency to students interested in art and design-related business ventures such as gallery management, studio management, freelance artist, freelance designer, and business ownership to name a few.

Certificate in Art History
The Department of Art and Design is pleased to offer a Certificate in Art History which can be added to any undergraduate degree. A certificate in Art History is an excellent addition to any degree program, providing skills in research, critical thinking, and analysis, as well as offering students a broad range of historical knowledge and the ability to interpret and assess art objects, everyday images, objects, and the built environment.

Certificate in Basic Interior Design
Do you enjoy dabbling in interior design and have an interest in learning more? If you would like to gain introductory knowledge in the field of interior design, then our Certificate in Basic Interior Design is for you! The curriculum emphasizes the fundamental skills and knowledge of interior design, architecture, and the visual and decorative arts. Introductory courses focus on drawing and design concepts, thereby building a foundation-level understanding of the technical and aesthetic principles essential to comprehending space planning, color, drafting, and materials and finishes. The certificate can be combined with any degree program at FHSU. A portfolio is not required for admission.

Graduate Degrees in Art and Design

Master of Fine Art
A 60-credit hour degree program, the MFA is a terminal degree, preparing you to teach at the collegiate level or pursue other professional opportunities. Choose from drawing, painting, sculpture, printmaking, ceramics, photography or graphic design as your area of emphasis.

Master of Liberal Studies
Looking to further your education in the field of art and need a flexible program designed with the working professional in mind? The Master of Liberal Studies is an interdisciplinary program consisting of 31 hours of graduate work. Interdisciplinary core courses comprise 10 credit hours, and you can focus your 18-hour concentration in Art History, Studio Art or Design. You will complete your degree program with a capstone project. This degree program is available on campus as well as online through the Virtual College.


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