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Columbia College Bachelor's in Art

Explore the arts.

Gain marketable skills while nourishing your creativity at Columbia College

A degree in art provides personalized instruction designed to help you prepare for the complex and evolving world of art. You’ll receive training in techniques and theories, while gaining a better understanding of the history and criticism of art. 

The flexibility in this program allows you to acquire a breadth of experience in various art mediums, while also exploring any area deeper via a minor or double major.

In our foundation studio art courses, you will become familiar with various materials, techniques, and the principles of art and design. You will then choose upper level courses to strengthen your ability to produce, present, and critique artwork.

Opportunities to study:

  • Drawing
  • Painting
  • Ceramics
  • Art History
  • Photography
  • Graphic and Web Design
  • Jewelry
  • Printmaking

Prepare for a variety of careers

The Bachelor of Arts in Art at Columbia College is designed to provide you with the skills and knowledge necessary to work in a variety of professional roles. You will learn how to communicate effectively, present complex ideas, work collaboratively, solve problems, and think critically — all characteristics today’s employers seek.

Learning in the visual arts hones important skills and leads to a wealth of fulfilling career opportunities. Our alumni exemplify the abilities of art majors to thrive and succeed in many different professional careers.

Some possible paths include:

  • Potter
  • Illustrator
  • Photographer
  • Commercial Artist
  • Studio Artist
  • Arts Educator
  • Gallerist
  • Creative Entrepreneur
Cutout portrait of Scott McMahon.

Scott McMahon

"I’ve been encouraging my students to try and move forward creatively, allow for that creative time to bring a little joy to you and others when it’s needed very badly. Make something every day."

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Find your path

Submit this form to get information about applying to Columbia College.

Questions about admissions? Call the main line.

Main line: (573) 875-8700

Want to know more about our programs? Contact the department.

Department phone: 573-875-7517
Office: BRN 209A

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Available program formats

  • General education requirements 39-42 credit hours
  • Core requirements 45 credit hours
  • Electives 18 credit hours
  • Multicultural requirements 6 credit hours
  • Total degree requirements 120 credit hours

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