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Academic Programs

photo of Art Ed studentArt Education Do you want to inspire and inform people of any age? Do you see yourself teaching others to appreciate and express themselves through art? If you choose to pursue a B.S. in Art Education, you will be part of one of the most highly regarded art education programs in the nation. Students select either the traditional track, which leads to K-12 visual arts teaching certification, or the new alternative settings track which prepares graduates to teach outside of the public school setting. Graduate students may enroll in the M.Ed. in Art Education or the Post-Baccalaureate Certification program in Art Education. Programs accredited by NASAD.


Communication Design Are you obsessed with design, illustration, or typography? Do websites, packaging, print ads, TV commercials, or magazine layouts excite you? Do you see yourself working at a photo of communication design studentsdesign firm or advertising agency? If so, the Communication Design program is where you will start your career in graphic design, advertising design, interactive design, or illustration, after graduating with a B.F.A. in Communication Design. Graduates of an accredited art program may enroll in the M.F.A. in Communication Design, furthering their skills and opening new professional opportunities. Programs accredited by NASAD.


Communication Studies Do you like speaking with people? Do you enjoy organizing events, distributing information, and explaining ideas? If so, the Communication Studies program will offer you a variety of classes in rhetoric, public speaking, interpersonal communication, performance studies, organizational communication, health communication, media and new technologies, and public relations. When you graduate, you will receive a B.A. in Communication Studies. Minors in communication studies and public relations are also available.


photo of fine metalsCrafts Are you drawn to fine metals, textiles, ceramics, or furniture? Do you want to create works of art that people will enjoy in their day-to-day lives? Do you see yourself selling your crafts to collectors, or having them reproduced and sold around the world? If so, the Crafts program is where you will start your career in the design and manufacture of objects such as fine metals, fibers, ceramics, and furniture, after graduating with a B.F.A. in Crafts. A minor in crafts is also available. Program accredited by NASAD.


Electronic Media Are you interested in shooting or editing video, writing for media, working in corporate or broadcast television, sports or live event coverage? If so, Electronic Media is the program for you. The Electronic Media program nurtures the aspirations of those photo of sound boardseeking professional careers in all types of electronic media, including television, radio, cable, online, and beyond. The program emphasizes hands-on learning coupled with an appreciation for the underlying technology, history, and involvement of these professions. Graduates receive a B.S. in Electronic Media. A minor in electronic media is also available.


Fine Arts Do you paint, sculpt, or make prints? Is spending time in a studio, photo of fine artcreating something from nothing, your idea of bliss? Do you intend to work in a gallery or museum, or to earn a living as an artist with your own studio and shows? If so, the Fine Arts program is where you will start your studio career in painting, drawing, sculpture, printmaking, photography, or digital media. When you graduate, you will receive a B.F.A. in Studio Art. Program accredited by NASAD.


Music Do you sing, play an instrument, or compose music? Do you enjoy conducting an ensemble, or teaching others to appreciate and express themselves through music? If so, the photo of Jazz CDMusic and Music Education programs are where you will start your career as a music educator, performer, or composer. You will graduate with a B.A. in Music, which opens a wide world of musical possibilities, or a B.S. in Music Education with its accompanying preK-12 certification to teach music in the public schools. A minor in music is also available. Programs accredited by NASM.


The College of Visual and Performing Arts uses a variant of the Carnegie Unit for the calculation of credit hours. Please click here for additional information.

Art Education Admission Requirements

In addition to the general admissions requirements for KU, students interested in Art Education must also complete specific admissions requirements. These include an essay on teaching and submission of an Art Education Portfolio.

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Communication Design Admission Requirements

In addition to the general admissions requirements for KU, students interested in Communication Design must also complete separate admissions requirements, including an art test. Please see the Application Process section of the CD Department website for more information.

Note: There are different requirements for Freshmen and transfers.

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Communication Studies Admission Requirements

Students interested in Communication Studies complete the general admissions requirements for KU. There are no additional program specific requirements.

Crafts Admission Requirements

In addition to the general admissions requirements for KU, students interested in Crafts must also complete specific admissions requirements. These include a statement of interest and submission of a Crafts Admissions Portfolio.

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Electronic Media Admission Requirements

Students interested in Electronic Media complete the general admissions requirements for KU. There are no additional program specific requirements.

Studio Art Admission Requirements

In addition to the general admissions requirements for KU, students interested in Studio Art must submit a portfolio to the Fine Arts Department.

Note: There are different requirements for Freshmen and transfers.

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Music Admission Requirements

In addition to the general admissions requirements for KU, students interested in Music or Music Education must also complete specific admissions requirements. These include an audition and diagnostic placement tests in music theory & harmony, aural skills, sight-singing, and piano.

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