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BA Art

Take your skills to new levels

Bachelor of Arts, Art

The Art Department at Emporia State University is a close-knit community of student and faculty artists. In this degree program, you’ll get a well-rounded education in the art field and elect a second area of study to match your career goals.

So Many Possibilities

According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, the annual median wage for arts and design occupations in 2020 was $49,600. Art majors work as professional studio artists, graphic designers, marketing directors, medical illustrators, art directors, photographers, curators, teachers and lecturers, art librarians, art administrators and more.

Art Painting

Be part of something great

At ESU, students take an active role in developing the cultural experience of Emporia. You’ll get opportunities to display your work, both within your department and to the wider Emporia State and Emporia communities. Our campus galleries, the Norman R. Eppink and the Gilson Memorial Gallery hold student and faculty exhibits throughout the semester that are open to the public. In the Emporia community, the First Friday Art Walk, started by alum Kaila Mock, often features student work.

Emporia State ceramics students

Do more at ESU

ESU has the only glass forming program in the state of Kansas and the only engraving bachelor’s program in the world! With dedicated studios and opportunities to learn from professional artists, Emporia State University helps you to explore the conceptual as well as technical side of your craft. Get more info about the cool classes and learning opportunities by exploring the degree requirements PDF!

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Scholarships are available to you throughout your artistic career at Emporia State. You may be eligible for talent awards from the Department of Art and general ESU scholarships through the Office of Financial Aid and Veterans Services.

Student Printmaking Work

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View student work in six studio concentrations: engraving, glass forming, graphic design, painting, photography and sculpture.

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