The Bachelor of Arts degree in Art combines the elements of a traditional liberal arts education with a broad study of art and art history. Students have the opportunity to develop their artistic abilities in studio courses, become familiar with trends and styles of art through the centuries, and learn the basics of graphic design.

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Hanan Vasquez


UMHB has given me the opportunity to grow into myself, figure out what I want to do with my future, and have a family to rely on. The professors have helped me fall in love with art and help me become a better artist in many ways.

Hanan Vasquez


Why should I choose a BFA in Art?

Art majors learn techniques for creative problem solving, effective communication, and critical thinking- all of which are important to success in a wide range of professions.

What are some courses I will take?

  • Drawing
  • Design
  • Art History
  • 3D Design
  • Graphic Design History
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Joseph Velasquez

Artistic Endeavors

Joseph Velasquez received his BFA from UMHB in 2003 and went on to receive his MFA from the University of Wisconsin–Madison. He is the co-founder of Drive By Press, an on-site live t-shirt printing company that hand carves woodblocks for both t-shirts and posters and prints them live. He is also an Assistant Professor of Art at the Florida Atlantic University in Boca Raton. Joseph has been published by Cannonball Press, Brooklyn, and has exhibited nationally and internationally. In addition to juried exhibitions and professional portfolio exchanges, Velasquez has served as curator of exhibitions at the Sling Shot Gallery, Madison, WI.

What are some career options?

  • K-12 art teacher
  • Art consultant
  • Art therapist
  • Gallery director
  • Museum education director
  • Art administrator

Where do graduates work?

  • Numerous private studios
  • Drive By Press
  • Dominic Walsh Dance Theater
  • Fab Lab, Houston
  • SmooresDooDads Etsy shop

Where have alumni gone for graduate studies?

  • University of Oklahoma
  • Naropa University
  • University of Wisconsin-Madison
  • North Texas State University
  • The Guild School, SMU
  • Texas Tech University

Why study art at UMHB?

The Baugh Center for the Visual Arts offers art majors well-equipped studios, beautiful gallery space, and plenty of areas for students to hang out and work.

Studio classes are limited to 15 students, so you always have a chance to ask questions and get feedback from your professors.

Art faculty members are professional artists who bring years of teaching experience to their classes.

Art majors may take part in study abroad trips to cities such as Rome, Florence, Venice, Paris, and Prague. Scholarships are available to help cover the cost of travel and tuition.

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