Art & Design at Wichita State is part of the fabric of our city. The School of Art & Design at WSU encourages intellectual development, critical awareness, and expressive excellence, providing students with the tools, experiences, and training necessary to be lifelong learners and creators in the fine and applied arts. As a partner in the cultural and professional lives of the city of Wichita and the state of Kansas, the School of Art and Design engages students through a broad-based program incorporating sustained scholarship and creativity in local, national and global communities.
The School of Art & Design at Wichita State fosters an environment and curriculum that only an institution in a metropolitan setting can offer. Our students learn through hands-on internships with organizations in Wichita; through contact with the artists and designers of our time at the Ulrich Museum of Art; through experiences exhibiting their artwork at the off-campus student gallery, WSU Shift Space; and through the invaluable learning experiences gained through the wide variety of international trips available through courses in our Art History program.
WSU Art & Design offers many majors, including four Bachelor of Fine Arts (BFA) degrees: Graphic Design, Studio Art, Art History, and Art Education, with a variety of additional concentrations available through the Bachelor of Arts (BA) degree in areas such as Drawing, Illustration, and Photography. Students often minor in Communications, Business, Film Studies, Creative Writing, and more. A wide variety of scholarships are available for outstanding undergraduate students, transfer students, and incoming freshmen through annual competitions.
The School offers graduate programs leading to the MFA in Studio Art. Students seeking the Master of Fine Arts degree pursue majors in ceramics, painting/drawing, printmaking or sculpture in a dynamically-cross-disciplinary program. Graduate Teaching Assistantships with tuition reduction and stipend are offered to every MFA student. Private and semi-private studios and large work areas are available in Henrion Hall and McKnight Art Center. The School of Art & Design is accredited by the National Association of Schools of Art & Design (NASAD).
See what being an Art & Design student at Wichita State is all about:
Alumnus Landon Barton talks about how an internship through the School of Art & Design influenced his career as a graphic design professional.
Video of WSU student Christian Taylor, "Christian Taylor: Am I Art?," made by WSU students Jacob Riggs and Harrison Steele:
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