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Bachelor of Arts (B.A.) in Art Overview

The art program at SMWC is designed with a strong focus in visual arts. From drawing in studios to learning painting techniques, the program gives each student various, hands-on experiences. Our degree programs provide the needed flexibility to fit your schedule and lead you to the career path of your dreams. With help and guidance from your professional advisor, you can mix and match majors and minors to get the right course path for your career goals.

With a major curriculum make-up of 48 credit hours, you’ll learn skills in photography, digital design, ceramics and more. With a combination of traditional and digital art components and modern techniques, you’ll gain numerous skills to take with you into the art field.


What is art?
Art is the study, expression or application of creative skills and imagination. Typically known in a visual form, there are several art techniques and application methods. Art is often known for the connection and emotional power it brings to its audience.

Why get a degree in art?
Since its founding in 1840, SMWC has continued to pride itself on providing an atmosphere where the arts can flourish. By providing individual attention, students are encouraged to broaden their knowledge and talent. The liberal arts base at SMWC empowers students as they gain skills in their major while encouraging exploration and critical thinking.

What can you do with a degree in art?
There are various career paths you can pursue after earning your art degree. Here are some listed jobs you can get with an art degree:

  • Art Administrator
  • Art Director
  • Art Studio Manager
  • Art Teacher
  • Art Therapist
  • Display Designer
  • Curator
  • Freelance Artist

Check out our blog: 8 careers you can have with a degree in art

What is the average annual salary of someone with an art degree?
According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS), the overall employment of craft and fine artists is projected to grow 6% from 2021 to 2031. According to, the average annual salary for someone with an art degree is $39,272.

What support and resources are provided at SMWC?
The Learning Resource Center (LRC) provides exceptional, personalized learning resource services to encourage student success. The LRC offers help with a range of academic support services, including a writing center, tutoring, college success courses and more.

Saint Mary-of-the-Woods College is routinely ranked by US News and World Report among the Best Regional Universities in the Midwest and the Best Value Schools. Our departments are also routinely ranked for their individual degree programs.
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