Art Concentrations

Graphic Design Concentration

Graphic designers create visual concepts, using computer software or by hand, to communicate ideas that inspire, inform, and captivate consumers. They develop the overall layout and production design for various applications such as advertisements, brochures, magazines, and corporate reports. (from U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics,

Major in art with a graphic design concentration and you’ll take courses that start with Basic Design, and include Graphic Design Courses, Figure Drawing, Art and Life and Art History, supplemented by electives in art and other related departments.

Community Arts Organization Concentration

Are you interested in furthering or strengthening the perception of the arts and humanities within your community, or organizing events or programs that help others to maximize their creative potential? Learn how art can be part of the solution to building community locally and globally, and how you can make an impact, whether in a leadership role or a creative one.

Studio Art Concentration

Studio art is the concentration for those who would like to make their future in the creation of art works. Also known as fine art, studio art focuses on hands-on coursework and, with foundational requirements in basic design, figure drawing, art and life, and art history, this concentration is designed to be driven by electives so that the artist can explore different media – painting, ceramics, photography, textiles, weaving or sculpture – or concentrate and hone in on one that feeds their passion.

Students interested in a career in art therapy should combine a studio art concentration with a second major or minor in psychology, choosing courses that will satisfy the requirements for a graduate level program in art therapy. A master’s degree is necessary for entry-level practice in art therapy.

Art History Concentration

Major in art with a concentration in art history and you’ll learn how art was shaped through the ages, from prehistoric to contemporary, and the impact it’s had on our civilization throughout the course of time. Know how to identify artists by the styles and techniques represented in their works, and learn how each artistic movement evolved and was influenced by the events surrounding it in history.

With an art history concentration, you’ll develop the knowledge and the eye for a career as an archivist, curator, museum educator, journalist, art critic or art appraiser. If you plan to teach art, the art history concentration also provides an important foundation.

With an emphasis on art history, other courses in the concentration include basic design, figure drawing, art and life, and electives in art and other related departments. 

Pre-Art Therapy Concentration

Art therapy is an integrative counseling discipline that focuses on the therapeutic use of art. Art therapists use art media, the creative process, and the resulting artwork to explore clients’ feelings, reconcile emotional conflicts, foster self-awareness, manage behaviors and addictions, develop social skills, and improve the quality of daily life for many diverse populations. MU’s Pre-Art Therapy program educates and empowers compassionate, creative individuals for prep-professional employment and for graduate study in art therapy or related helping professions, by equipping them with the knowledge of art’s reflective and transformative role in promoting healing and wellness to those with physical, cognitive, or emotional challenges.