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Visual Arts Program

Visual Arts

The Visual Arts program at MSU provides opportunities for students pursing a B.A. in Fine Arts to develop historical and philosophical perspectives on the visual arts by: 

  1. Providing the opportunity for the student to develop a competitive portfolio of work or experiences in one or more areas of the visual arts; and
  2. Developing the student's capacity for diligent and persistent inquiry about his work and environment. 

 

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ACCREDITATION

Morgan State University is regionally accredited by the Middle States Commission on Higher Education (MSCHE). The Middle States Commission on Higher Education is an institutional accrediting agency recognized by the U.S. Secretary of Education and the Council for Higher Education Accreditation. LEARN MORE

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PROGRAM GOALS

The goals of the Fine Art Major are to:

  1. Provide the opportunity for the student to develop historical and philosophical perspectives on the visual arts;
  2. Provide the opportunity for the student to develop a competitive portfolio of work or experiences in one or more areas of the visual arts; and
  3. Develop the student's capacity for diligent and persistent inquiry about his or her work and environment

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"Our program's strength is the access students have to faculty who have vast experience in multiple areas of art production."

-Eric Briscoe, Lecturer - Illustration, Drawing, Painting

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CONCENTRATIONS

The department offers the Bachelor of Arts (B.A.) Degree in Fine Art. Under this degree program, students may follow tracks in four areas of fine art.

Students pursing the Art History concentration discover how art objects are not simply interesting relics from the past, but embody living ideas with which to grapple and from which to learn.  Art historians are found in a variety of complementary professions, including business, fashion, journalism, and politics to name a few. LEARN MORE

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 The Graphic Design degree concentration provides students with the opportunity to focus on graphic design methods and techniques used in effective design thinking for visual communication. LEARN MORE

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The concentration in Illustration focuses on the fundamental elements of communication imagery. LEARN MORE

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The Multi-Media Studio program track  focuses primarily with the plastic arts such as Painting, Sculpture, Ceramics, Photography and Printmaking. LEARN MORE

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MINOR IN FINE ART

The Visual Arts program at MSU also offers a minor in Fine Art for those wishing to develop their arts interests as a supplement to their major field. The minor in Fine Art requires students to complete a sequence of 18 credits. LEARN MORE

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Freshman and Transfer Application Deadlines

Priority: December 31 - Decisions are released the week of February 15th

Regular: February 15 - Decisions are released the week of April 15th

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MSU VISUAL ARTS IN THE NEWS

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Prof. Briscoe featured in TheUndefeated.com

Redefining Blackness: Eric Brisco the fine arts illustrator and professor at Morgan State University discusses how his work creates a silent dialogue... Read More

Justice Lanclos, a Fine Arts student at Morgan State University, illustrates a children's book with a message.

10-Year-Old Baltimore Girl Publishes Children's Book ‘Tell Me a Reason Why: A Skunk and Rat Story'... Read More

Dr. Johnson featured in the Baltimore Sun

The Baltimore Museum of Art made a bold decision to sell three important paintings. The blowback has gone national... "Art history professor at Morgan State University who sits on the BMA's accessions committee, says the museum's "groundbreaking" decision could help her Black students feel welcomed enough that they might see a place for themselves as artists or curators in a world that once seemed alien." Read More

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COVID-19 Update

As a response to COVID-19 (coronavirus) and to ensure the health and safety of our students, faculty, and staff, the Department of Fine and Performing Arts will be operating remotely from off-campus locations. Our on-campus offices will remain closed until further notice. You may still contact our office by calling 443.885.3020 during business hours or by emailing renee.brown@morgan.edu. Our faculty and staff remain committed to student success. Please practice social distancing and be safe!