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James M. Oliver, Jr.
Phone: 620-235-4302 Fax: 620-235-4303
The Department of Art at Pittsburg State University provides students who have an interest in art with a strong foundation in creative critical thinking and design. We offer a Bachelor of Fine Arts (BFA) degree with four emphasis areas: 2D Studio Art, 3D Studio Art, Illustration & Visual Storytelling, or Art Education. The BFA degree prepares students for a multitude of professional careers in studio, applied arts, and art education, and is also considered fundamental preparation for graduate degrees in the studio arts and art history. The faculty members of the Department of Art are all active exhibiting artists and/or research scholars in our respective art fields, and provide our students with insight and guidance as they prepare for their own careers. The student/faculty ratio of the Department of art is approximately 15 to 1.
All art majors take a series of introductory art courses in a wide range of media, as well as art history courses, and upper-level courses in their emphasis area. Additionally, students pursuing a studio art emphasis take a series of professional practices courses that introduce them to the business aspects of being a working artists and developing creative careers. Those pursuing the Art Education emphasis receive a comprehensive art education curriculum. Students also have opportunities to participate in internships in the areas of Museum Studies and Gallery Practice, or Studio and Creative Industry.
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