The Art & Design Programs support the University as an educational and cultural center within the Saint Louis Community by offering courses of study combining liberal and professional learning. The B.F.A. and B.A. programs are designed to promote creative thinking, aesthetic understanding, and technical proficiency, along with a historical perspective and a strong liberal arts core.
Together, all Art & Design students share a core curriculum designed to build strong foundational skills and knowledge, encourage creative problem solving, and promote cultural awareness. They then bring that foundational experience to the specialized and advanced studies of their major. Each program offers distinct opportunities to develop current in-demand critical thinking skills, gain rich experience with the tools and technologies of their discipline, and access to curricula designed to prepare students for a meaningful career in a creative field. This includes a required internship, a senior capstone/seminar experience and the opportunity to join one of our professionally affiliated student organizations.
Maryville’s Art & Design Programs provide the educational foundation for excellence through the integration of theory, history, research, technology, craftsmanship, and professional practice. Their unified goals are to:
- Provoke critical thinking and creative expression
- Encourage synthesis of concepts and information through: disciplined inquiry, analysis, and problem solving
- Strengthen verbal, visual, and technical skill sets
- Support service learning and community engagement through professional and service activities
- Facilitate practical experience through internships and partnerships with professional organizations
- Provide opportunity to learn through the creative process
- Encourage excellence through rigorous academic and applied practice
- Promote ethical practices
Review of work by faculty and outside professionals is an integral component of all Art & Design programs. Students majoring in a Maryville Art & Design program are required to formally present their semester’s cumulative studio work at the end of each semester. These sessions provide students with an individual evaluation of their progress from the Art & Design faculty and are intended to define goals, areas of strength and areas in need of improvement. Students completing the foundational curriculum present their work to a cross section of Art & Design faculty. After completing the foundational courses, students present to the faculty of their specific program as well as outside professionals. Graduating seniors are required to take part in an end of year exhibit.
Students with high school art experience are encouraged to submit a portfolio to be considered for a merit scholarship. (Please see Admissions Requirements for guidelines).
Students without portfolios or adequate art experience will be accepted into their chosen Art & Design program, however, they must follow the same policies set for all first year Art & Design students:
- Successful end of the semester (fall and spring) portfolio reviews
- Cumulative GPA of 3.0 (“B”) in freshman Art & Design core courses: ADAH , ; ADSA , , and or
Transfer students with prior art and design course work are required present a portfolio for evaluation. (Please see Admissions Requirements for guidelines).
Maryville University’s Art & Design program is accredited by:
- National Association of Schools of Art and Design (NASAD)
- Council for Interior Design Accreditation (CIDA)
- National Council for the Accreditation of Teacher Education (NCATE)
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