Includes accelerated master's option
Missouri State University’s MFA program is designed to build upon the strengths of the University, the College of Arts and Letters, and the Art and Design Department to develop candidates' studio art and/or design practice in contemporary media-specific or interdisciplinary approaches. Complementing the MFA program, the MSEd, Secondary Education, Art area of emphasis helps to further the education of K-12 teachers who can specialize in art education, studio, or art history. The Art and Design Department provides studio facilities and equipment for animators, ceramicists, digital and video artists, graphic designers, drawing students, Illustrators, jewelers, metalsmiths, painters, photographers, printmakers, and sculptors.
The Department of Art and Design has twenty-seven full-time professors and nearly fifty faculty members in total. There are 500+ graduate and undergraduate art and design majors, which makes this the largest publicly supported visual arts program in Missouri.
The department resides in an 88,000 square foot facility located in downtown Springfield which provides studios, smart classrooms, experimental student galleries and critique spaces, two professional galleries, seven computer labs, a visual resource library, art supply store, and administrative and support offices.
The downtown location of the Department of Art and Design is unique in its ability to provide Art and Design students an interface with thriving industries, important research partnerships, including the Innovation, Design, Entrepreneurial, Art (IDEA) Commons and Marlin Graphic Design Studios next door. These entities provide working models of invention and practical applications, with opportunities to share in research and employment, and in carrying out the Public Affairs Mission of the institution.
Exhibitions at Brick City Galleries, located in the downtown arts complex, change monthly during the school year. Each year the exhibition schedule includes work by nationally and internationally-recognized artists and designers. Faculty exhibitions are scheduled bi-annually.
The university also supports the Student Exhibition Center located near campus on historic Walnut Street and John Q. Hammons Parkway, this converted Victorian two-story building contains exhibitions of student work that change monthly during the school year. Each year the exhibition schedule also includes a Foundations Show and Senior Design Show. Additional shows may vary from year to year.
Study Away programs abroad in Florence, London, Arles and faculty/student exchanges in Korea, China, and Taiwan, provide opportunities for Art and Design students to further enrich their cultural studies. A diverse international faculty brings different perspectives and engages students in deepening world-wide views.