Art students learn figure drawing skills during a summer studio course.
Photo credit: Megan Bean | University Relations.
Welcome to the Mississippi State University Department of Art website.
The Department of Art is a vital and growing art and design program. Our primary responsibilities include educating professional artists with concentrations in Fine Arts, Graphic Design, and Photography; preparing students for a career or advanced study; offering courses that fulfill university requirements; and providing active art galleries to serve the university, the community, and region.
The Department of Art offers three concentration areas of study: graphic design, photography and fine art (ceramics, drawing, painting, printmaking and sculpture).
Students study a full range of ceramic-related processes dealing with forming, glazing, and firing. These processes are explored both from a utilitarian and sculptural vantage point. Techniques include raku, sagger, low temperature salt fuming, primitive firing, high fire reduction, oxidation firing, and wood firing. Careers include ceramics designer, studio instructor, product designer or mural designer.
As students gain drawing skills, they develop conceptual references to subject matter. Courses in figure drawing allow students to master the human form while continuing to build on observational skills. Individual and group critiques and discussions further support the students’ growth as developing artists. Careers include medical or scientific illustrator, sketch artist, animation artist, or architectural renderer.
Through a series of courses, students become adept at using traditional skills and inventive solutions. Students may expand their studios into typography, illustration, multimedia, and web design. Internships in graphic design are available on and off campus. Careers include advertising specialist, typographer, art director, or web designer.
Students develop ideation and conceptualization processes through studio practices in acrylic, oil, watercolor, and mixed media painting. Observation of color and form, dynamic composition, and instrumentation skills are emphasized. Students gain visual literacy through group critique and discussion. Careers include muralist, portrait painter, conservator, or museum specialist.
Students explore a variety of materials, techniques, and conceptual implications through demonstrations, critique, lectures, and studio activities. Students study a full range of photographic methods such as traditional, digital, and daylight processes. Emphasis is placed on the discovery and development of personal vision. Careers include commercial photographer, photojournalist, fashion photographer, or communication and marketing specialist.
Students will gain technical understanding, historical perspectives, and an increased aesthetic awareness and ability. Students can study printmaking processes such as intaglio, relief printing, lithography, and monoprinting. The intention of each printmaking course is to expand the student’s understanding of art and the complex art process. Careers include commercial screen printer, fine art printer, poster designer, or museum curator.
Students are introduced to materials and ideas necessary to understand spatial problems. Emphasis is placed on modeling, carving, and construction in a variety of materials. Students explore a variety of tools and processes for wood, metal, cast materials, stone, synthetic materials, and interactive media. Careers include product designer, welder, film/theatre set designer, or special effects fabricator.
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