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Art Degree

Art Program

ART Degree

Explore your creative potential.

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Discover, be challenged, get involved!

Explore your creative potential through courses in:

  • Ceramics
  • Drawing
  • Graphic Design
  • Painting
  • Photography
  • Printmaking
  • Sculpture

The Art curriculum at McKendree immerses students in the analysis and interpretation of visual arts in relation to society, culture, and tradition. McKendree Art faculty encourage students to make art that is honest, defines or redefines beauty, celebrates individuality, and engages the community. Our studio art majors prepare for graduate studies or for careers in areas such as Arts Administration, Design, Photography and Illustration.




Why a B.A. Degree in Art?

With a Bachelor of Arts degree, you’ll stretch your creative potential through courses in ceramics, drawing, graphic design, painting, photography, printmaking, and sculpture. This engaging degree program will immerse you in the analysis of visual arts as it relates to society, culture, and tradition, and will prepare you for future graduate studies or careers in areas like design, photography, and illustration.




Photo of Holman LibraryAbout the Art Major


Housed under the Division of Visual and Performing Arts, the B.A. in Art offers you a broad range of courses to prepare you for commercial production in design, layout, illustration, and photography. You will also receive extensive preparation for a career in teaching or furthering your study of art in graduate school.

Bachelor of Arts in Art

2023-2024 Program Catalog

A minor in Art also offered.




Photo of McKendree's Entryway MonumentWhy McKendree?

McKendree University provides you with interactive learning opportunities through our small class sizes, experienced faculty, and unique internship experiences that move you beyond the classroom. We are committed to your success in the degree programs we offer, the internships and extracurricular activities that will set you apart, and the college experience you’ll get here. Just 25 minutes from downtown St. Louis, Missouri, McKendree University is located in historic Lebanon, Illinois, and affords students a host of enriching cultural, career, and entertainment opportunities.



Program Highlights


  • McKendree University Gallery of Art - Have your artwork featured in a public exhibit in the university’s own prestigious art gallery

  • Experience unique opportunities to present your creative work at regional and national conferences

  • Kappa Pi International Arts Honors Society: connect with others and enhance your resume

  • Dedicated faculty who inspire and encourage you to make art that is honest, defines or redefines beauty, celebrates individuality, and engages the community




Photo of McKendree Seal MarkerEmployment Opportunities

Art majors find employment in media, advertising and publishing, retail, fashion, and design. Many also pursue a career as a curator, archivist, or appraiser at a major museum or gallery. Some of our graduates have continued their careers as professional photographers, graphic designers, and other related fields in arts administration.




Club Information


  • Kappa Pi International Arts Honors Society - Join other students in visiting galleries, planning trips, holding fundraisers, participating in sketch days, and sharing your work with peers.

  • Catalyst Literary Magazine - Publish copies of your creative work in this student-run campus literary magazine.



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