• Application Deadline
  • 48 months
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UMSL has a transfer agreement with the St. Louis Community College District, which offers a direct credit transfer to upper division BFA courses for students who graduate with an AFA degree from the SLCC.

The Bachelor of Fine Arts Degree in Studio Art has the following learning outcomes:

  • to develop visual and verbal responses to visual phenomena, and organize perceptions and conceptualizations both rationally and intuitively;
  • to become familiar with the major achievements in the history of art and design, including the works and intentions of leading artists and designers in the past and present;
  • to develop the capacity to identify and/or solve problems within a variety of physical, technological, social, and cultural contexts;
  • to understand and evaluate contemporary thinking about art or design;
  • to become familiar with and develop competence in a number of art or design techniques;
  • to make valid assessments of quality and effectiveness in design projects and works of art, especially their own.

To support its teaching and research objectives, the department maintains an extensive and expanding collection of digital images. The collection includes examples of painting, sculpture, architecture, photography and decorative arts, and is under the supervision of a professional visual resource curator, who is available for special assistance to staff and students.

Detailed Programme Facts

  • Programme intensity Full-time
    • Full-time duration 48 months
  • Credits
    120 alternative credits
  • Languages
    • English
  • Delivery mode
    On Campus
  • More information Go to the programme website

Programme Structure

  • Drawing III
  • Drawing IV
  • Figure Drawing III
  • Figure Drawing IV
  • Composition
  • Advanced Problems In Drawing I
  • Advanced Problems In Drawing II
  • Senior Studio Seminar
  • Senior Studio Seminar

English Language Requirements

  • Minimum required score:


    The TOEFL iBT ® measures your English-language abilities in an academic setting. The test has four sections (reading, listening, speaking, and writing), each with a score range of 0-30, for a total score range of 0-120.

  • Minimum required score:


    The IELTS – or the International English Language Test System – tests your English-language abilities (writing, listening, speaking, and reading) on a scale of 1.00–9.00. The minimum IELTS score requirement refers to which Overall Band Score you received, which is your combined average score. Read more about IELTS.

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General Requirements

  • Students in their last year of high school should submit transcripts for all years completed thus far. Students who have completed high school must submit final transcripts and degree certificates or exam results.
  • Students who have studied at a college or university must submit university transcripts to date. If you have completed more than 24 credit hours at a university, you do not need to submit high school transcripts.
  • Transcripts are required from all high schools or universities attended.

Tuition Fee

  • International

    911 USD/credit
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 911 USD per credit and a duration of 48 months.
  • National

    343 USD/credit
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 343 USD per credit and a duration of 48 months.
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Living costs for Saint Louis

  • 1000 - 1500 USD/month
    Living Costs

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