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Art & Design Concentrations

Department Facilities There are 68,000 square feet of lecture, studio and lab space affording a unique opportunity for student studio workspaces open 24 hours a day.  Four galleries exhibit artworks of students, faculty and professionals in art.  

Degrees and Courses Offered  Three bachelor degrees with majors in Studio Art or Art Education are offered:  Bachelor of Fine Arts (BFA); Bachelor of Science (BS); Bachelor of Arts (BA); Bachelor of Arts (BA) or Bachelor of Fine Arts (BFA) in Studio Art with Enhanced Art History Option. 

Minors are offered in studio art and art history.  

Courses are taught in the following areas: art appreciation, art education, art history, ceramics, drawing, wood, graphic design, jewelry & metalsmithing, painting, photography, printmaking, and sculpture.

Opportunities for a Murray State Art & Design Student 

• Full-time faculty members offering individual attention 

• Access to studios open evenings and weekends 

• Exhibit artworks in galleries  

• Membership in the Organization of Murray Art Students, the Kentucky Art Education Association, and Ads Club  

• Study abroad earning college credit  

• Pre-professional experiences prior to graduation: • achieve distinction in regional and national shows • present art workshops • receive professional training through the university work study program • graphic design internships at regional design and ad agencies or the University’s Printing Services • work with the student newspaper, the yearbook, WKMS-FM, or as a resident advisor or summer counselor 

• Each student finds sound guidance, numerous resources and the individual attention necessary to develop professional careers in art and design. 

Careers in Art and Design Students who earn degrees in art may go on to the following careers: Teacher • Professional Artist • Graphic Design • Architect • Design Careers • Gallery Professional • Museum Professional • Commercial Photographer • Arts Administration • Independent Curator • Art Therapist • Illustration


Murray State University's Department of Art and Design is accredited by these national bodies:

National Association of Schools of Art and Design (NASAD) 

Southern Association of State Colleges And Schools (SACS) 

National Council for the Accreditation of Teacher Education (NCATE) 

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